Crying and Praying for Paris

A few days ago I wasn’t sure what to post here. I have been struggling with my thoughts and words.

the month of November and December are always the hardest out of the year and I was already feeling blue. While people create their guest- and shopping lists and seating plans for Thanksgiving, I was dreading the 3rd Thanksgiving without Dominic. No more potlucks with him at the 911 Dispatch Center, because he would always work for someone who had kids. Thinking about my Birthday coming up and no more prank gifts or off key birthday song followed by the biggest hug.

I was really at  a low when I heard about the horrific attack on the people of France. Paris was under siege.

All of a sudden the pain I felt in my heart for myself, changed into pain for all those families who would get those brutal words ” I am so sorry, but your loved one is dead”. Oh how that moment on July 12,2012 was brought back into my memory and it brought me to my knees.

I started to cry for all the victims, the wounded and the dead. For the many Law Enforcement members that could never be prepared for this. Tears ran down my face for all the First Responders, Dispatchers and all the people who were not physically hurt, but would carry the scars of this day forever.

And then I started to think about all the wonderful moments with Dominic. From the day he was born, to the day I had to say Goodbye. I realized how truly blessed I was to have been chosen to be his mom for 30 years. Even though my heart is broken, I carry so many wonderful memorable moments that help me through the worst of days or nights

I am hoping and praying that one day, when the shock wears off and the noise goes away, they too, will be able to remember all the wonderful moments with of their loved ones.

May it bring a smile on their lips and hearts.

 

 

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Washington Trip Followup

The Press Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Monday the 25th of October 2015 was a success. We were joined by the following hardworking and ever so diligent people from different states who had been writing about the issue of Illegal Immigration and the effects on our country and its citizens.
Steve Salvi, Founder of Ohio jobs & Justice Pac (www.Ojjpac.org),
Jack Oliver for Floridians for a Sustainable Population ( www.flsuspop.org),
David Caulkett for Floridians for Immigration Enforcement ( www.flimen.org),
Joe Guzzardi and Jo Wideman for CAPS Californians for Population Stabilization ( www.CAPSweb.org)
Jon Feere from the Center For Immigration Studies  (www.cis.org)
Congressman Brian Babin joined us as well, gave a speech and made sure to talk to each one of us who lost a loved one because of an illegal alien.
I introduced  Dominic and shared who he was, what he meant to so many of us and how he was taken from us.  Other victims parents that shared their horrific and sad stories were Ann Mendoza, Laura Wilkerson, Dan Golvach and Juan Benavidos.  We all walked to the White House and wanted to place all the banners with the pictures of our loved ones in front of the fence. But by the time we got there, the Secret  Service cleared the whole area and we had to leave the premises.
Not discouraged, we went to Capitol Hill to meet with the great Congressman Steve King.  After a great hour of sharing, discussing and many tears and laughter, most of the group had to leave for the airport to return home.
Mary Ann Mendoza and I stayed an extra day and got to visit with the wonderful Congressman Louie  Gohmert the next day. We also stopped by Congressman Trey Gowdy’s office and left messages about how proud and thankful we were for him. As we left he building, we experienced the Presidential Motorcade driving by us as we were ready to head to the White House again.  On our way there we got to spend some time and talk to an American Homeless Veteran in a wheelchair. It was heart wrenching to see a once proud military member hunched over, hurting and alone. We promised to never forget him and continue our fight for all Americans to be treated with respect and dignity and to be taken care of.
This trip to Washington, D.C. was another success in my book. I got to meet new fellow Patriots who want this country to become great again and I strengthened existing and create new friendships.  The message was heard loud and clear that we have to have our existing Immigration Laws enforced, our Border Patrol agents present at the border and able to do their jobs, Sanctuary Cities no longer funded with our Tax dollars and we have to make sure our American citizens are safe and sound. No other person should ever have to feel this kind of pain of losing a loved one because of a person that wasn’t suppose to be in this country in the first place.  Glad to be back home and ready for my journey to continue

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