ten on tuesday.

1. There’s nothing I can say about Newtown that adequately sums up my broken heart right now. I told Brent yesterday that I just don’t think my heart was made for a world like this. And this morning it dawned on me how true that statement is, for all of us. None of our hearts were made for a world like this. We were not created for this. I believe down to the core of my being that God is good, and that we were created in God’s image. This broken world is not our home. Which leaves me with two thoughts: one, thank God. But two, we have to do the best we can with this mess we have. Heaven is here everyday…and so is hell. It’s up to us to decide which we will nurture. And friends, we were created for good. You were created for good.

2. Jen Hatmaker’s Lamentations blog post pretty much sums up the state of my heart today.

3. This weekend my spirit was lifted for a moment by Buzzfeed’s list of 26 Things That Restored Our Faith in Humanity This Year. I hope yours will be too.

4. Today I read about the National PTA’s plan to welcome the children and teachers of Sandy Hook back to school (in their new building) with a physical reminder of the love the country holds for them. Find out more here about how to take part in their Winter Wonderland project.

5. I had other things planned to share today but I just don’t have it in me. I feel quiet and tender. And I imagine your mind is on overload right now too. So I’ll end early and be back soon with more family stories. In the meantime, thank you stopping by today. This so often feels like a safe space for me. I hope in some tiny way it is for you too.

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JenniferDecember 18, 2012 - 4:04 pm

When I heard of this tragedy, I immediately thought of you. These women were women just like you. You were once one of them and I’m sure you would have done the same thing. I knew it would be extremely personal for you. My heart breaks for these families and it is so difficult to look at the faces of the children in the news. May God wrap his arms around these families and heal their pain.

AnneDecember 18, 2012 - 6:29 pm

Hugs friend.

ellen pattonDecember 18, 2012 - 7:14 pm

Your card was in my mailbox today; I’m glad we’re friends. :)

ChristinaDecember 19, 2012 - 2:30 am

I saw the 26 Things on Facebook: it was wonderful.

AllisonDecember 19, 2012 - 4:58 am

One of my good friends who is a photographer in Wisconsin is a very close friend (and wedding photography partner) of the photographer who took the picture of Shoep the dog and his owner in the water. That picture went viral and has had an amazing journey of “healing” in its own small way. Just wanted to reemphasize how people (like you) who capture beautiful moments of life for people in the lenses of their cameras can bring positive change to our troubled world. Amidst the terrible sadness, there is still so much good out there.

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaDecember 19, 2012 - 4:18 pm

It is completely heartbreaking. I love what you wrote – very true. Let’s all choose good.

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