In the wake of the horrible events of Friday, December 14th, we wanted to organize a way for bloggers and people all over the world to show their tribute and unite in support of Newtown, Connecticut and Sandy Hook Elementary School.
It’s times like these when we feel helpless; we want to DO something but we don’t know what.
On Friday, December 21, 2012, we are going to honor the victims, families, and community of Newtown by doing a post in their honor. Cookies an Crafts for Sandy Hook will be one way we can show support in the aftermath of this unimaginable event.
Dear Angels in Heaven, Charlotte, Daniel, Rachel, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan, Dawn, Madeleine, Catherine, Chase, Jesse, James, Grace, Anne, Emilie, Jack, Noah, Caroline, Jessica, Avielle, Lauren, Mary, Victoria, Benjamin, and Allison,
My name is Amy and I am a mommy of two little girls, Grace is 2 ½ and Abby is 10 months old. We live in Gaithersburg, Maryland almost 6 hours south of where you lived in Newton. A week ago I stood paralyzed in our kitchen when I turned the news on and learned of the horrific tragedy at your elementary school. I was covered in chills from head to toe and crying. I quickly wiped my tears so Grace and Abby didn’t see me so upset and gave them each a hug. Since then I have learned your names and special things about some of you that make me smile and warm my heart. Noah, you wanted to be a taco factory manager because your favorite food was tacos. Jack, you were a fan of the N.Y. Giants and your favorite player was Victor Cruz. Vicki, you are a super hero to the world and you are now “The Little Mermaid” in heaven, and Grace, you had beautiful big blue eyes and loved to paint just like my little Grace does.
I am along with our entire country grieving the loss of each and every one of you. We are sending our prayers and hugs to your families and community. I wish I could do more to help but for now I want you to know Grace and I baked snickerdoodles in your honor for Christmas. Abby was our taste tester and she approved. I didn’t know you but I would guess you each loved Christmas cookies. I have a feeling they have all kinds of different cookies in heaven for you. When I was growing up every year for Christmas we made chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies and snickerdoodles. The snicker doodles are made special for my dad, they are his favorite. They are a childhood memory for me and one I will always cherish. Your lives will forever be cherished not just to your families but to the world. You have all touched us and left an imprint in our minds and hearts.
There is a special movie played at Christmas time called “It’s a Wonderful Life” and at the end a little girl says to her daddy after a bell rings on a Christmas tree “Teacher says… Every time a bell rings an angels gets his wings”. This Christmas and every day after you are all angels and a little light shining over all of us.
Grace and I say Cheers when we are having milk together, or water or sometimes a smoothie and soon we will teach Abby. Today we are raising our 26 snickerdoodles and saying Cheers and God Bless you for your courage, strength, innocence, youth, faith, love and laughter. Sleep in Heavenly Peace little angels!
Amy, Grace and Abby
If you are interested in helping by donating monetarily, the Newton Family Services is currently accepting donations that will be going to those affected by the school shooting. The Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a “licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.”
You can also send your condolences, prayers, letters, pictures, cards and gifts to a special P.O. Box in honor of the victims. This is where we are sending our cookies. P.O. Box 3700 Newton, CT 06470
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. With a mixer add the butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar, eggs and mix until smooth. In a large bowl combine the flour, cream of tarter, baking soda and salt then slowly add it to the sugar and butter mixture.
In a small bowl add the 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Take spoon size pieces of the dough and roll them into balls then drop them in the sugar and cinnamon. Place them on the cookie sheet left in a ball. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
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