Thursday, December 20, 2012


I have been trying to think of how to write this post for two days. You see, on Tuesday, Liam and I got to deliver the coats that we had been raising money for. Selling these necklaces, which you all embraced and blessed us by buying.

We got there, to the after school program, carrying these bags of  20 coats and it was supposed to be a joyful thing. You all allowed our family to bless 20 children with warm coats for the winter.... and yet, I had a heavy heart. But I continued on in, dropped off the coats, shared hugs, and then Liam and I were on our way.

As we pulled out of the parking lot, I started praying. Praying for the 20 children that would have these coats. I didn't know exactly which child would receive each coat, but I knew God did... so I prayed for them. I prayed that they would be proud of their new coat, that it would be something that they would have chose for themselves. I prayed that they would see that there is kindness in the world, and there would be others to lend a hand up in life if you needed it. I prayed that maybe the kindness would spread, and that they would bless someone else too.

I prayed and I prayed as I drove..... it was about 20 minutes into my praying that I thought about something that took my breath away. While I was praying for these 20 children with new coats, I knew why my heart was so heavy. I also had 20 other children on my mind right then.....

What happened in Newton, CT on Friday shook me to my core. I still can't seem to wrap my head around what happened that day. I remember hearing about it, and knew that if I turned the TV on, I would see images that would break my heart. I didn't turn the TV on, I just started praying. 

To know that the lives of the students, faculty and families involved in that day would be changed forever, is just almost too much to think about. Because as a momma to three beautiful babies, I can't imagine a single day without them.
 But what I do know is that there is still good in the world.

Gandhi said it best with this quote, 
"Be the change you wish to see in the world"

Those words resonate with me...
So, if I want the world to be a more kind place, I, myself, must be more kind.
If I want the world to be more understanding of differences, then I, myself, must be more understanding.
If I want the world to be more giving, then I, myself, must be more giving.

See where I am going with this?

What our family was able to do on Tuesday, thanks to you all, was pass on a little goodness that is in this world. Plant a small seed of kindness.... and for that I am truly grateful.
I can think of no better way to pay tribute to those innocent lives lost than to continue to teach my own children that we are blessed beyond the "things" in our lives. We have each other.

Thank you all for giving us the opportunity to give back.
We are so very grateful..... and blessed.

Coat shopping with my babies.....


  1. I just love you Carmella. You have brought me to tears this morning! Prayers to you and all the children! God bless you on your journey!

  2. Carmella, you are the sweetest most God like person I think I have ever met. You go about touching and changing lives in your own quiet way with your loving and tender heart! You are a true inspiration to all around you and it has been my pleasure to meet you and get to know you! You make all those around you strive to be better people. There are truly "Angels Among Us." Merry Christmas to you and your family and hope to see you soon!

  3. I'm right there with the other two comments. Tears in eyes, grateful heart that you not only feel love, you display love in action.

    May God Bless you and yours and all of the wonderful people wearing your "Blessed" necklaces.

    Love, Reia

  4. Once again you take my breath away! Your commitment and success with Coat Program has been nothing short of awe-inspiring!
    God's Blessings To You & Your Family!

  5. I love love love this. It makes my heart happy. (And a little sad for those other 20 children, the adults, and their families)

    We can't change everything in the world but your right - we can do one thing at a time & make a difference for someone.

  6. I just read this. My morning was filled with fear when I dropped my son off at school after our Christmas break. It was hard to walk away and think about not ever seeing him again. Like those parent's....

    I had to pray and ask the Lord for peace in my heart and in the hearts of so many other parent's who might be feeling the same as me.

    Even though I wasn't able to help you by purchasing a necklace, I think what you did was a good act of kindness. Your children will grow up with giving hearts! And what mommy wouldn't be proud of that! Awesome job girl!


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