12 Days of Joy - Day 3 | Cherishing

The events that happened yesterday in Connecticut make this 12 Days of Joy project seem... so... trivial. I am not very elegant with words, so even writing about how heartbroken I am over the whole thing seems near impossible. I just keep thinking about the Christmas presents under the trees of those families who lost their babies... the family of the shooter... those parents who sent their children off to school probably after some silly argument about what to wear that day... having no idea the day that would unfold before them.

All of it - it's all just horrific... tragic doesn't seem like a big enough word.

I'm really, really sad about it all.

I thought about canceling the 12 Days of Joy altogether. It just seems silly to run a campaign after something like that. Work isn't important. Families are important. Cherishing your loved ones are important.

So I'm going to do just that. Today, I'm taking the day off and spending it with Tommy & Sunday. Tomorrow we'll start again on Day 4. But today... today we'll make hot chocolate and curl up together and enjoy the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree. And we will be saying a lot of prayers for those affected by the tragedy.

Liz Cook

Liz Cook is a wedding, birth, and motherhood photographer based in Central Virginia. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Glitter Guide, Essence Magazine, domino, Rue Magazine, among others.