Sunday, September 11, 2011


Ten years is a long time. Ten years ago my babies were three, two, and less then a year old. Ten years ago Makenzie had not even graced this earth. Ten years ago I was a happily married stay at home mom who's life up until that point was fairly untouched by any tragic events in either the world or my personal existence.

Ten years ago I sat at my church waiting for Bible study to start. It was a time in my life before the kids started school and I had time to spend doing such things on a Tuesday morning. As our group of young mothers chatted about life the mood went from jovial to solemn.  I do not remember how or when the news penetrated our gathering but what I do know is that a TV was rolled into the room and we all sat staring at what was unfolding on the other side of this beautiful country.

We did not study that day instead we sat in disbelief as we watched the Twin Towers come crashing down. I remember leaving church that morning. I remember holding my children tight. I remember laying in bed that night listening to the silence trying to imagine what it was like to be there all while trying to push out those same terrifying thoughts as fast as they would enter my mind.

Ten years ago my boys were too young to understand what had just happened. Today they ask questions....lots of them. They want to see the footage. They listen intently to the stories of those that survived and the stories of those that didn't. Today I find myself searching for answers to give my children that are filed with love and not hate.

Today I  hear military jets fly over our home many more times then usual. I wonder what is going on in the sky as my brother and his family prepare fly home after a wonderful visit. Today I think about all of the lives lost and how their loss and that of their loved ones brought this country together on that day 10 years ago.

One thing that I do know is that we will never ever forget.

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