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I was planning to write about our vanagon this week… It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to own one and I’m thrilled we do. And I will introduce you to him at some point soon, but my heart is too heavy and today is not the day.

Today is for mourning with people everywhere who’ve experienced loss… of family, of friends, of peace. It’s for holding our loved ones a little closer and telling them they mean the world to us. For linking arms with our neighbors and holding each other up as we walk forward through this complicated life. For thinking on the beautiful things in our lives and being so so thankful. It’s for not giving up hope and for refusing to let the darkness win.

Today is for the little things like changing our facebook profile pictures because it’s the only way we know to show our brothers and sisters that from across the earth: we see you, we mourn with you, we pray with you, we stand with you. It’s for reflecting on our lives and for figuring out what’s really important, then¬†choosing to make¬†time for that regardless of what it takes. It is for putting aside our pride and our differences and for speaking and showing only love.