Photo credit goes to my father-in-law for those pictures of Shea that make my heart burst with love. I keep looking at those pictures because otherwise, I might cry.
I’ve shared some about this month being terrible due to illness and all that jazz. But really, far worse things have happened in the past week.
An 8 month old child I knew was murdered. He was beautiful and perfect in every way. And he’s gone. I am shaken to my core and I cannot even begin to fathom what the family is going through. My heart breaks. Every idle moment in my mind goes directly to thinking about this innocent child who was taken in a brutal manner from this earth.
Last weekend, Mr. Prevention and I traveled an hour to Kalamazoo for date night – dinner and a comedy show. We were driving up around 5:30pm and Mark commented on the Cracker Barrel right off the highway. “Man, that Cracker Barrel is PACKED!” he said. Fast forward to 10:15pm when we were pulling on the highway headed home, a cop car FLEW past us, lights flashing. We saw the car pull off the highway and right into that same Cracker Barrel parking lot from earlier, along with at least 20 other emergency vehicles. It wasn’t until the next morning we found out that there were several fatal shootings in that parking lot just moments before we drove past that night. And worse, that Cracker Barrel was the 3rd shooting location on the shooting spree. Random violence with innocent lives lost. It could’ve so easily been us or people we knew. My coworker shared on Monday that she grew up right there and she has family members who frequently dine at that location. It was all just too much.
Currently, I sit in a Chicago hospital with my father who underwent a hip replacement on Tuesday. The routine surgery went well, but his recovery from the anesthesia has been highly complicated and scary. Your thoughts and prayers would be greatly appreciated.
So, life. It has really rattled me this month. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Health is precious. Family means everything. Squeeze your loved ones and always remember to be thankful for all that’s good, even when seeing through the darkness seems impossible.