Friday, June 17, 2016


Happy Friday friends.

There will be no Friday Favorites today.  After all the terrible news the past weeks have had, most recent being the boy attacked by the alligator at Disney World, I just can't find myself to blog about anything happy and upbeat.  It just doesn't seem right in this moment.

Look, I know bad things happen all of the time, but the little, sweet, innocent 2 year old boy that was killed at Disney World is still resonating with me.  I can't seem to get him and his family off my mind. I can't seem to grasp that he was taken from a cute little sandy beach where he was fully enjoying life in that moment. I can't seem to grasp that his parents had to watch this happen and his Dad jumping in trying to save him.  I just can't imagine.

Probably because I have kids around the same age and the thought of losing one of them is unimaginable. When stories like this come out, it doesn't make me quick to judge the parents, it makes me quick to think "what if that happened to my child?" That is my initial thought, always. I put myself and kids into the scenario at hand and before my mind will let me finish out imagining, I am a weeping mess.

I just keep thinking about this family and how what was suppose to be the most magical vacation turned into their worst nightmare. I am hurting for this family.

Losing a child is something no parent is ever prepared for, but then to be blamed for their death and be treated so poorly by society on top of it makes it a million times worse. No parent in that situation will ever benefit from such rude/snarky comments. Why can't people think before they talk or write it out there on the internet? Put themselves in those parents shoes BEFORE making a hurtful comment? Who is anyone to cast blame? I am not perfect, and neither are you.  When is this world going to come together to help lift people up instead of breaking them down? When is this world going to stop the hate? I know the sad reality is never. But that will not stop me from raising my children to treat people kindly, have compassion, give empathy and sympathy, The world needs more people like this.

Remember to be kind, friends.  Happy Weekend.


  1. Very nicely written, Lizzie! If only everyone could remember the golden rule... Have a nice weekend with your sweet family!

  2. Oh Lizzie, I agree 100%. It never even crossed my mind to think about shaming the parents and then I started seeing it all over FB and I was shocked. Why would anyone feel the need to talk so badly about these people when they're already suffering so much? It just doesn't make any sense to me. There has been so much sadness this week and I just hope that things will start looking up soon. My prayers will be with that family for a long time. I can't even begin to fathom what they're going through right now.

  3. Couldn't have said it better myself. People can judge all they want, but they cannot say what they would or wouldn't do until they are in the situations themselves. Those parents are grieving enough, and will for a long, long time. They need support and nothing less.

  4. Oh my gosh, Lizzie, I feel the same way. In fact, I had a mini-freak out because we stayed at that Resort and we were, most definitely, in that area. Our room was literally steps away from the beach. Had it been warmer, I would have totally let my kids put their feet in the water. Never were there any signs warning of danger, only "do not swim" signs, which nobody would do anyway. Putting feet in the water at the edge/shoreline is a given, for any child or parent. The beach is right next to the zero entry pool and it is enticing to walk over to the beach without a thought. There are chairs that welcome visitors to the sandy beach, as well as the Movie Under the Stars, which it sounds like that had finished watching. My heart aches for this adorable little boy and his family. Oh my heart aches. I can't imagine returning home without my baby. This was NOT their fault. It's scary to think that this could have been my child. Easily. It could have been my child. Hugs to you. Lots of hugs. XOXO