Happy Friday #35: Sometimes words don´t seem to be enough…and reasons to smile.

Writing my happy friday posts is always a way to remind myself that even if I thought the week sucked, there were still moments to make me smile. Last week, I scheduled my post and it went up before the tragedy in Connecticut.

On that day, I came home and cried my eyes out. I also teared up every time the story came on TV. Thinking about the lives lost, the little children, the teachers, the families, the community broke my heart.

Jess explained in her reading wrap-up of the week: I’ll be enjoying the holiday season, but I have a hunch the children and teachers of Sandy Hook won’t be far from my mind during any of it.

And I think that´s what´s important: remembering, keeping them in our mind and heart, and thinking of all the ways to prevent such a tragedy to happen yet again.

My dad told me once, after an event that still brings tears to my eyes. “Life goes on, we don´t think it will but it does.”   That accompanied  me for a long time. It doesn´t prevent the pain,  or the tears. It doesn´t prevent any of this, but the memories stay, and what we do with them is important. Everybody grieves in different manners, there are no right or wrong ways to do this.

And despite the overwhelming sadness I still feel for a lot of different things, including Newtown, I did smile, and laughed this week.

Life did go on.

That doesn´t mean I forget. Hug your loved one a bit closer, tell them you love them. Every moment counts.

Here´s my round-up of what made me smile this week.

Going to the Christmas Market with the hubby

Christmas Market with Hubby

Warm spicy wine, waffle, walking around the little houses…and simply spending time with my husband.

My new tree ornament

New Tree Ornament

Do you see how cute this ornament is? Well it´s not only beautiful, it´s perfect to represent my novel ONE TWO THREE. Thanks again, Jess for this wonderful gift! It´s really so thoughtful, and brings a smile to my face every single time I look at it. I´m very lucky, indeed!

Writing

I passed 5k on my new WiP! And I love my characters, and the story is unfolding in my mind quite nicely…Exciting. Plus getting back to writing is definitely fun!

A friend receiving good news!

Alex announces winning award

In case you missed it, she is one of the winners of the On-The-Verge Emerging voices award!!!! Her story is awesome…and I was lucky enough to read it. And Alex is made of wins! She´s really sweet and talented and fun. So, if you´re going to the SCBWI NY conference, and if you see her, make sure you go and congratulate her 😀 Oh, and on her blog, she reminds us of something important, take chances! I love the quote she uses from Eleanor Roosevelt  “Do one thing every day that scares you.

A new blog to follow and enjoy…

Another of my lovely Litreactor classmate just started her blog. Come on, you know you want to check it out 😀

A wonderful blogfest organized by these amazing ladies: Katy, Tracey, Alison and Jessica

Class of 2012 Banner

It was lots of fun! Thanks again….oh and my TBR now has more than 230 books in it 😛

Now, please tell me what made you smile or laugh this week?

9 Comments

  1. kiperoo says:

    I think Newtown broke everyone’s heat over the past week. The main thing that made me smile this week was watching my own small children and hugging them even tighter than usual. I just can’t imagine …

    I love your ballet ornament and good news from others though. Small happy things are important in times like these.

  2. It’s hard to think about being happy when other people are suffering, but it’s true that life does go on. Life is too short not to try to enjoy it, even when it’s hard.

    Yay for a lovely ornament and 5K on your new WIP!!

  3. Rebecca B says:

    It’s hard to get in the spirit when the people in Newtown are suffering after such a horrific day. But it’s important to value everyday happiness, too.
    Beautiful ornament, and I love the pictures of you and your husband at the Christmas market. So cute!

  4. Glad you’ve had so much to smile about this week! And happy to hear you’re working on the next project! I’m excited to get back to mine after the holidays. And I’ll definitely keep an eye out for Alex at SCBWI!

  5. Alex Brown says:

    I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, THERE ARENT ENOUGH WORDS TO EXPRESS MY LOVE.

    I don’t think that made any sense at all, but hopefully you caught what I was throwing ;D Thank you so, so, so much for taking the time to mention me in your blog!!! That made me smile!!!

    And your new ornament is super cute…just like you!

  6. katyupperman says:

    Thank you so much for participating in our blogfest, Elodie! I had so much fun reading your posts every day, and now I have lots of new books to add to my TBR. I love your new ballet slipper ornament… So pretty!

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