Our faith triumphant o'er our fears.
Are all with thee -- are all with thee.
Paul's eye surgery took place Friday.
This Sunday afternoon, he is resting comfortably with Tootie Mae by his side.
He did not rest well last night or the night before. The days were stressful, to say the least.
The horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School bothered both of us.
Our hearts are with the families of those beautiful and innocent little children and the adult victims/staff killed in the shooting incident.
We grieve for the family of the troubled shooter. They feel the pain of loss, too.
No one may ever know what prompted the young man's actions.
Paul and I have eight great-grandchildren and five are of school age.
Our granddaughter, Mary Shannon Patrick, attends Lakewood High School in Colorado.
We have grandchildren who attend colleges.
We pray for the safety and good health of all.
Our granddaughter, Elizabeth Cory-Barbee, is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech, located in Blacksburg, W. Va.
I believe she was off-campus at the time. She remembers the massacre, the school shooting that took place April 16, 2007.
Senior English major, Seing Hi Cho, in two separate attacks, killed 32 individuals and wounded 17 others.
Mr. Cho suffered from a severe anxiety disorder.
The attack drew much criticism of U.S. laws and culture, sparked debates about violence and gaps in the U.S. system for treating mental illness, privacy laws and journalism ethics.
Virginia State closed the loopholes that allow people such as Cho to purchase handguns without detection by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
George W. Bush signed that law Jan. 8, 2008.
Our grandson, Daniel James Risk, and his wife Amber, live in Orange, Calif.
She works at a Marriot Resort in Newport Beach.
Amber reports that a lone, crazed gunman entered the parking lot at Open Air Fashion Mall.
She and her crew shuttle guests to that mall frequently.
The shooter stood near Macy's store and fired 50 rounds of ammunition into the air and toward the surface of the paved parking lot.
That action panicked the crowd of holiday shoppers and forced a shutdown of the stores.
The suspect, 42-year-old Marcos Guralo, surrendered, on site, without incident.
Only one minor injury was reported.
Our granddaughter, Lindsay Terry, is a high-ability second- and third-grade teacher at Delaware Trails Elementary, Brownsburg.
I visit the school on occasion.
Her daughter, Avery, is a student at an adjoining elementary school, Cardinal.
The security is excellent.
They do not have an open door policy like schools once enjoyed.
They ask questions before you have permission to enter the classrooms of their students.
The Clay Community Schools pay much attention to the safety and well-being of all their students and staff.
I hope that all schools will take a closer look at the issue.
The most carefully carried out security plan cannot cover absolute safety for our children.
As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, "Our faith triumphant o'er our fears."
At times like these, we, the people, must remain strong and focused for the sake of all of God's children and trust in Him.
The aforementioned article was not what I had in mind for this time so close to the holidays.
I am just too sad right now.
I know what those parents who lost children are going through.
We lost our precious son more than half a century ago.
The pain and tears will not wash away.
My mother lost two children, ages 5 and 7, in 1943.
Until her sudden death in 1992, she reached for the grasps of her little angels' hands everyday, and cradled their memory in her heart.
It always bothered me when she stood at her kitchen window looking toward the cemetery next to our house.
Her frail frame shook and tears flowed.
My loving mother was overwhelmed with sadness.
I never dreamed that someday, I would know such disappointment and sorrow.
"Now I lay me down to sleep ..."
Too much is enough for now.
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