I cannot even begin to understand what has happened in our country. I wake up in fear for my children’s safety and today, more than others, I’m squeezing them extra tight. These horrible tragedies that happen open our eyes to the fact that life is so short, and can be taken from us so quickly. I’ve gone back and forth with acknowledging it or letting it be, but I feel as though not acknowledging it is also ignoring it and the pain the people are going through shouldn’t be ignored.
I am trying to talk myself into believing that there truly is more good than bad in this world and to focus on the positive, rather than the negative. So, on a more positive note..
Other than football taking over our lives (I’m not complaining) we were able to squeeze in the camp out in my dad’s backyard. We usually try to do this maybe once or twice a year depending on how busy everyone is and if we can get together. The last one that we had, Memorial Day Weekend, I actually went into labor so wasn’t able to make it (obviously). This one was to celebrate my dad’s (aka Pop Pop/Grandpop) birthday. We usually have about 5 tents set up in the back yard, eat a ton of food, make smores by the fire pit and hang out while the kids watch a movie on the outside projector.
The kids go to bed late and they wake up extra early and we’re exhausted the rest of the next day, but it’s worth every second. Even if you don’t have a huge back yard, I thoroughly suggest buying a tent, fire pit, smores products, a few lawn chairs, sit outside and enjoy being with the people you love.
Some of us don’t sleep outside, usually the older kids who are too cool for school now sleep on the couch (and me) but most of us cuddle into our tents. I know that the kids will forever have these memories of camping out in Grandpops back yard, and I think it’s such a great thing to be able to give them. The mornings I usually make a Dunkin run for some donuts, but on this particular Sunday morning I actually went to support my best friend and her family at the Out of the Darkness Walks.
This is a walk that supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a fundraiser to help with the fight against suicide. A topic that is extremely close to my best friend, as she has had to deal with suicide directly in her family. If you’re ever looking to donate to a cause, PLEASE PLEASE keep the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in your thoughts and donate here: Out of the Darkness Walks, Team Living for Len.