It's about FAMILY.
I just read this story about Alaina's very untimely death and simply wanted to share something that her father said in an interview about this horrific incident ...
I will add that I don't think anybody needs a semi-automatic gun or any kind of assault weapon. I've signed multiple petitions (like these) because we need to do anything and everything we can to prevent this kind of senseless killing. It is NOT ok!
I agree with Alaina's father however, that what is really at the root of this epidemic is the breakdown of families. A community or nation can only be as strong as it's families. Families were designed by God and given to us as the ideal way to love, teach and rear children. Family life requires hard work and sacrifice, but it also provides stability, belonging, love and joy that can be found no where else. Families can (and should) be our first defense for individuals who are mentally ill or suffering from any other anguish that puts them at risk of hurting themselves and others. Answers and solutions won't come easy, but we can each start by striving to do better in our own homes and with the families of those we love and live near. We can become advocates in our communities for children and teens that lack the foundation of a loving family.
One of the primary reasons I love to teach about the power of photos and memory keeping is because of the potential it has to strengthen families. I know that my passion for scrapbooking over the years has been a unifying force in our family. When there is so much around us designed to tear us apart, to divide, it's comforting to know that we can make a difference by simply taking and sharing photos and documenting and telling family stories. These efforts bind us together, they teach us who we are and who we belong to—they have the power to heal hearts and repair relationships. This hobby that I love is not just about stickers and adhesive, pretty papers and cool digital tools. This hobby is about connecting and strengthening families, now and across generations.
I can't imagine the grief that so many individuals and families are forced to navigate after this and every other mass shooting. But I am grateful for Alaina's father and others like him who's hearts are full of forgiveness. I'm so grateful for their examples of faith.
I'd LOVE to hear your thoughts.