Sandy Hook victim's mother: The last morning was filled with 'love, kindness'

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  • valiant Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing what indeed is a very tender time. I am reminded of the day my son walked out on his family at 17 and a half wanting to be on his own. He is the oldest of 5 and at 15 became very difficult to where we had counselors trying to help him not be defiant. Being LDS, we had help from our Bishop and even Stake President but with no success. He finished his senior year at the same high school but lived with another family. When his younger brother and sister who were 7 and 5 when he left were watching family videos about 6 months after he left, I saw their reaction to him wanting to see him again and I excused myself. I went across the street and cried to my Heavenly Father why won't he come home. The sweetest feeling came over me with the message "you had him them." I realized I needed to celebrate the time he was in our life, which I know you will remember those sweet times and challenging times with your Emily. We're so blessed to have the plan of salvation and eternal life.

  • Downtime Saint George, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    I cannot even begin to imagine the unspeakable grief this family must feel. This story has helped me to be a bit more loving, patient, and kind to my own children every day. I hope I am a better father. Please, God, bless all of us to be a bit more kind; and please bless the Parker family with an added measure of Thy Holy Spirit.

  • The Solution Las Cruces, NM
    Oct. 3, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    This hits a little too close to home. No, my son is not a victim of the Sandy Hook shooting. However, this is my boys first year of school, and we have a nother 17 month old boy, and a child in the oven. It can be very chaotic trying to get him ready and catch the bus on time. However, I too have realized that things are a lot better and fun, when we just let go allow life to happen. We can soak it all in and laugh and learn from our inquisitive young ones.

    The thought of losing these morning escapades getting my son ready for school, breaks my heart. God bless the Parker family, and all families of child victims everywhere.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Oct. 3, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    It's a beautiful thing to remember the lovely last moments with a child, as time goes so quickly by. For the Parkers, this is a wonderful, thought-provoking image of the stark reality of connecting the past of Emilie getting ready for school with the present of Madeline and Samantha and their chaotic school mornings.
    God bless you!