Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Baby Grace

There has been much in the news recently about that sweet baby girl, Caylee Anthony. She and I shared the same birthday. I don't know how anyone can kill a child, or anybody for that matter, but I will never, ever, ever, understand how a mother can commit this horrible crime against their own child, and a baby at that.

Some of you may remember Baby Grace from 2007. She was found in Galveston Bay, in a plastic container. It took some time to finally identify her as Riley Ann Sawyers, hence she was known as Baby Grace until her grandmother was able to identify her.

Being from the Houston area, we heard night after night about this case. The public could not understand how a young 2 year old could be found in this way, yet never have been reported missing by her mother. Now we know why. The mother and step-father killed her. It was a brutal crime and I really don't think I'll read anymore about it after what I read today.

A slain toddler tried to stop her mother and stepfather from beating her to death by reaching out to her mother and saying, "I love you," a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday. The pleas from 2-year-old Riley Ann Sawyers didn't stop her mother, Kimberly Trenor, from continuing to brutalize her, assistant district attorney Kayla Allen said in her opening statement at Trenor's murder trial.

You can read the full article here.

I am haunted by the last moments of these little girls lives, looking upon the ones that they trusted and loved more than anything else in the world only to be betrayed in the worst possible way.

This I will never understand.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Maybe I am just not with it, but I don't recall there being on-location type news coverage this soon before any other inauguration.

I didn't vote for the guy, but I will support him as our president and pray for him each and every day. I can't help but think of how ridiculous this all is. I mean, is he becoming president or does this all just speak to his "rock-star" status among his supporters?

What is MSNBC going to do once Bush is back home in Texas?

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The End of Christmas 2008

Today we begin the process of packing away the Christmas decor. It makes me so sad, but not because I'm sad to see Christmas go, but because I know that this next year will fly by and things will change. Some for the good, and some things will disappear forever.

I know that by this time next year I probably won't hear...

"Mommy, yook! Chris-chris tree!" "Mommy, yook! Chris-chris yights!" "Mommy, yook! Jesus!"

Boo will probably be potty-trained.

Bean will probably be off to college.

Fish will have made his First Communion.

Foo will have grown even taller and enter into high school. He'll probably be a 3rd degree black belt by then.

Lem will probably not be my cute baby girl, but rather, a beautiful young lady.

The seasons are always changing around here. My New Year's resolution is to try to soak up each moment as it comes and find the beauty in it because it won't last forever.

And while I know that I can somewhat predict what will happen this year, all things are left in His hands for good reason.

Whatever may come this year, I pray that when we unpack for Christmas 2009, we are all able to recall the beautiful memories of the past, embrace the pain that drives us to our knees, and become more like Christ as we journey through this thing called Life.