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I Remember Exactly…

My parents’ generation had JFK’s assassination, the moon landing, and the Apollo 13 return as their “I remember exactly what I was doing when I heard about…” moments. My dad used to save the newspapers with those headlines.

My first one was the Reagan assassination attempt–announced over the intercom in school. I was in social studies class and I remember thinking, “Hey, this is one of those big deal things I’ll remember forever. Like when JFK got shot.” I felt like a grown up.

Challenger explosion–I was eating lunch at home on a break from work. I was wearing my Bears sweatshirt in celebration of the Super Bowl win. I felt shock, thinking, “Holy shit. I just watched people die.”

Then, the first Gulf War–I was stuck in traffic on the way home from work. Came home to see CNN’s live coverage of all those green tracers. It’s what made CNN a big deal. I felt even more grown up because I figured it was my generation’s turn to send our friends to war. And they went.

9/11–I was feeding my infant daughter and watched it all live on Good Morning America. I didn’t know what to do. I felt like a child and called my dad.

There are also the private moments–An ugly car crash that should have killed me as a teenager, my mother’s illness and death, the first time my future husband brought up the subject of marriage, my sister’s illness and death, the deal I made with God when I wasn’t getting pregnant with my first child, the day I found out I was pregnant, and on they go.

What are your moments? Do you ponder them in your heart? My private moments may not be newsworthy to rest of the world but, they are etched in my soul. I have to believe  they are to be revisited now and again. I dare you to revisit yours.


Hug your children today

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The 5-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said.


The girl, Maria Sue, was hit in the driveway of the family’s home Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The brother, whose name and exact age weren’t available, apparently did not see the girl, McPherson said. No charges are expected.

“It looks like a tragic accident,” she said.

Several family members witnessed the accident, which happened in Williamson County just south of Nashville. The girl died later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, hospital spokeswoman Laurie Holloway said.

In a statement, Velvet Kelm, a publicist for Chapman, said Maria was the Chapmans’ youngest daughter. (source:

another story from The Tennesseean

We are huge fans of Steven Curtis Chapman. His music has a profound influence on our family. My neighbor’s daughter used his song “Cinderella” as her father/daughter dance at her wedding last week. We join millions I’m sure in praying for the Chapman family. I can’t imagine what they are going through right now. Dear God, pour out your mercy.

NIU shooting

I have no words. Okay. A few but they won’t be eloquent.

What makes a person conclude that this kind of rampage is a good idea? I know I had some ranting after the Virginia Tech nightmare. I believe this is the 5th incident of its kind so far this year. What’s going on? Its only FEBRUARY! I’m bothered that this is becoming commonplace. And its not comforting that yet another shooter has turned the gun on himself. That just inspires some other jackass to get his name on tv. See? I have no words. How much money from Congress will it take to protect our citizens from themselves? Not all the terrorists are overseas.