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Sending off a Winter Wonderland {#BloggersforSandyHook}


posted: 12/21/12

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If you haven’t visited my Etsy shop yet, please do . . . TODAY! I would love to make a special piece for you or someone else in your life, and if you order it today, as part of #BloggersforSandyHook, I will donate 100% of the profit to the Newtown Youth & Family Services.

It’s been a while since I’ve struggled so much with writing a post. While it has felt very important to me to be part of Cookies & Crafts for Sandy Hook, and I just love the other bloggers who are doing this, I worried that anything I posted would seem insanely trivial.

After reading this article, I briefly considered doing a whole post about inspirational acts of humanity.

I thought about doing a whole post about humor, thinking about all the times that humor as lightened my grief ridden load . . . though . . . what if I offended someone?

And then another blogger who was is participating in #BloggersforSandyHook mentioned this article about little things you can do to help the Newtown community. {I think humanity scores a point or two for how many people are searching for something to do for Newtown.}  Not only was it awesome to see Cookies & Crafts for Sandy Hook mentioned, I saw that the National Parent Teacher Association wants the children of Sandy Hook to be greeted by a Winter Wonderland when they walk into their new school in January. And to accomplish that, they are asking people to make snowflakes and send them off.

Yes!! Something I can do!

The best part was it was something I could easily include Gavin in.

I explained to Gavin that the teachers of some kids who were sad were making a “Winter Wonderland” at their school to make them happier, and since I know how much he loves making people happy, I thought he would want to help.

When he asked me if I knew why they were said, I briefly considered lying, but decided to go with the truth. I told him I did know why they were sad, but it was something I didn’t want him to worry about. And for once in Gavin’s worry-ridden life, he just said, “Ok!”

And we started painting coffee filters.

Quinn even wanted to join in!

Once they were done, we started folding and cutting.

Gavin had so much fun doing this. He really took it to heart and got serious, knowing that he was doing something with the intention of making someone else happy. Other kids.

And while I left Gavin in the dark about the reasons behind our snowflake making . . . I feel good about that. I love watching this time of year through my children’s innocent eyes. And one of the many many wishes I have for our world is that we are able to see the world like my kids do, with innocence, love, and joy. Assuming the best from people rather than the worst.

And if you’d like to spread a little joyous Winter Wonderland, make some snowflakes, like ours or like any, you can mail them to

Connecticut PTSA
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103 Hamden, CT 06514

Make sure to get your snowflakes in the mail by January 12th!

Photo Credit:  Young Little Gavin : )

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Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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    We made snowflakes too! Such a great thing. :)

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