I had other posts planned for now.  But there has been a great deal of tragedy reported in the last few days.  From an inconceivable story of children’s lives lost at the hands of their nanny in New York, to the many lives taken by hurricane Sandy.  And yesterday one of my close friends lost her mother in a car accident.  My heart hurts.

There are hardly any words.

Pain such as loss is so hard to understand…the why of it all.  I’ll admit that I get very frustrated by that.  And don’t have the answer.  But I do know one thing.  It’s times like these when it’s vital to support one another and appreciate that every moment of life is precious.  Every single moment.

I have a strong belief that we all derive from and return to infinite love.  A source of comfort and completion that only our Maker can provide.

And that this eternal LOVE sustains us all.

Last night I put away anything related to work or responsibility.  I gathered ALL four of our children and we snuggled up together in the bed of our youngest child for some together time and reading of a simple children’s book.  Usually at this time, I’m busying myself with some seemingly unending list of things to do instead of stopping and soaking up my children.  My 13 year-old, who’s gangly legs stretched all the way across the full size mattress and onto the furry back of our dog, Pippi, seemed to eat up this time with us more than I could ever imagine.  My six year-old curled up next to him in such a simple yet precious way, his arm draped over his big brother’s back.  The girls lay down, twirling their hair almost in unison while listening to each and every word I was reading.  There was calm and comfort.  A moment expressing the true meaning of love.  It was togetherness.  But most importantly, love.

If you have an extra moment today, please say a prayer for those who need it.   And share your love with those around you.

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  1. cindy says:

    Thank you for this Seleta…. lovely. I have been feeling very distracted and unsettled.

    Our daughter lives in the same UWS neighborhood as the Krim family. I am having a very hard time releasing the sadness and horror from my mind. Their neighborhood was spared in the storm but so many others were not. At times like this, we realize that we are forced to accept life’s tragedies. As mothers, we want to fix everything. Sometimes we just cannot.

  2. Thank you for this reminder…to stop and take stock in what we have around us. The list will be there tomorrow. I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Sending well wishes from CA.

  3. Anne says:

    Hi Seleta, Very nice post. I’m just curious what book you were reading that held the interest of your children, given their wide range of ages. Thanks!


  4. Seleta says:

    Hi Anne,

    Believe it or not, I was reading one of the books from Boxcar Children series. My crew loves them, although our oldest son said he remembered reading that particular book on his own years ago…but he still stayed and listened. He loved the togetherness ; ) I really think kids of all ages enjoy hearing a book read aloud by a parent. It has comforting element to it.


  5. Seleta says:


    I feel the same way, it’s so hard to know that someone else suffering. It was such an unthinkable tragedy. I’m grateful you’re daughter is safe and sound, and I’m so sorry for your pain. Just pray. Sending you hugs.


  6. Suzanne says:

    Thank you for this. I needed it.

  7. Carole says:

    Wow, Seleta! Such a powerful and heartfelt post. I’m not sure who got more out of those moments – you or your children. I loved reading every word. Thank you.

  8. annette says:

    That’s such a sweet and gentle reminder that I for one could use. Thanks for the inspiration. God bless you & your family.

  9. Seleta says:

    Thank you ALL for your kind words. These days we have to just remember to honor love and one another…makes the challenging times so much more manageable.


  10. This was beautiful.

  11. Anne says:

    Thanks for the information on the Boxcar Children series. We haven’t read any of those yet to our son, but I think I’m going to look into them. I agree that it reading aloud to children seems to be very comforting to them. It’s something I really enjoy doing! – Anne

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