Reynolds High School

I hope you’ll all forgive this side-step from my usual craft and sewing posts today.  My heart is heavy and I’d like to talk about it a little.  Thank you for understanding.

I’ve shared with you the fact that my husband is in law enforcement.  He’s the lieutenant for an agency a couple of cities over from where we live.  It’s a lovely little community which sits on the Sandy River where it meets the Columbia.  It’s also the location of the school shooting yesterday at Reynolds High School.

This incident falls into the category of training that the police receive but hope they’ll never have to use.  They knew what to do, and they did it with calm precision.  Two lives were lost, but many were saved because of these men and women, coupled with the fact that students and staff behaved with bravery.  A teacher, struck by a bullet, made his way to the office to initiate lock down procedures. 

I spent the day yesterday watching the news, which was punctuated by the audio from the radio contact between the officers and dispatch.  One of those voices belonged to my husband.  I listened to him barking orders, and I hadn’t even been able to talk to him at all yet.  Tears fell, because I know this is one of those events that will stick with everyone involved forever.  Our police family is hurting.

I’m not here to talk about guns or mental health.  I don’t know why this person did what he did and I hope his name and face see as little air time as possible.  I’m thankful he can’t hurt anyone else.  I just want to ask for your prayers and good thoughts for a community dealing with something no one should ever have to.

Friday Favorites–It’s Not a Party Until the Police Show Up

I’ve mentioned before that my husband is a police lieutenant.  We live the life of a law enforcement family, which means:

  • You celebrate holidays and birthdays when you can, not necessarily when the calendar says you should.
  • You don’t get too comfortable when you go out to dinner and he’s on the SWAT team because you might not even make it to ordering, much less eating.
  • You might as well get used to killing spiders and managing catastrophes on your own, because odds are it’s going to happen while he’s on duty.
  • You find bullets in the laundry.
  • Your kids have played bad guys and victims for training scenarios.
  • Date night is a ride-along.
  • Your Christmas village has more cops than civilians.
  • Between the duty belt and ballistic vest, saying goodbye is like hugging a robot.
  • Teachers and other parents at your kid’s school are surprised to find out you’re not a single mom.
  • If your husband isn’t home after his shift is supposed to be over, you turn on the news to find out where he is.

Every single one of those has happened to me.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love our life, and I couldn’t be more proud of my husband and the work he does.  My son plans to follow in his footsteps and my daughter is marrying a firefighter, so we’re all in. 

I would have put this Crochet Cop Hat from Etsy seller ktandthesquid on my son every day when he was a baby.  So cute!

ktandthesquid

When he was little, my boy went through a Superman phase.  For his birthday, we bought him a Superman action figure, along with one of the villains.  He was upset because he didn’t want a bad guy, but I tried to explain that without bad guys, the good guys don’t have anything to do.  This Bank Robber Money Bag from Craftapple might make it a little more fun for the kid who has to take a turn being the bad guy in cops and robbers.

Craftapple

This Police Birthday Party from Crack of Dawn Crafts is full of fun ideas, but my favorite is the badge, notebook, etc. the kids were given upon arrival.

Crack of Dawn Crafts

My poor future grandkids might get a few more police items from me than their parents might like, but just look at this Police Officer Baby Bib from Etsy seller CarolynsClassics!

CarolynsClassics

This Pin the Badge on the Lego Police Officer from Stockpiling Moms would be great for a police party or a Lego party.

Stockpiling Moms

This Easy DIY Police Hat from Darien Dot Mom would be perfect for a party or as the start of a Halloween costume.

Darien Dot Mom

This police car shirt from Made it on Monday is adorable and would be pretty easy to make.

Made it on Monday

I want this Police Bunting from Etsy seller Maycasews for my police Christmas tree.

Maycasews

This Superhero/Police Party from Hostess with the Mostess…just, wow.

Hostess with the Mostess

When my husband was a new police officer, I remember walking into the department and seeing a tall wall full of patches from places all over the U.S. and the rest of the world.  When they moved into their new P.D. last year, my hubby painstakingly transferred each of those patches into a floating frame and they’re displayed throughout the building.  Those patches are important.  This Police Patch Quilt from Quilting and Life is another great idea to show off a collection.

Quilting and Life

Just to show I can be somewhat impartial, next week look for some firefighter crafts in my Friday Favorites!