Barth Family attends Children’s Stations of the Cross Despite Losing Everything in Fire


On Wednesday, 3/27/13, the Barth family of Sandy Hook CT lost everything due to a fire that destroyed their home and everything they owned.  On that very same day, Shanice Barth, accepted the role as Mary, Virgin Mother of Jesus in the Living Children’s Stations of the Cross that I facilitate each year at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, CT.  Rehearsal began at 3:00PM and ended at 4:30PM.  Shanice was not originally given the role as Mary.  She accepted the role that day after my original Mary decided she didn’t want to do it.  She was very excited.  Her dad picked her up and off they went.

Apparently, on their arrival home, their house was burning down.
After speaking with a member of the church the next morning, I was informed of the fire.

So, Good Friday rolls around and I was wondering if Shanice and her family would attend due to the devastating circumstances they had endured just two days prior.  Frankly, I didn’t have any expectations either way.  I was just hoping they were okay.  I knew that our Newtown community would rally around them.  That is a natural occurrence in this town.

I was waiting in the choir room attending to other participants and there she was.  Costume in hand, smoky smelling coat and little Shanice apologizing for wearing sneakers and not shoes.  I just gave her a hug and told her whatever she had was fine.

I have to say that her enduring spirit was emitting all around her.
If I didn’t know what happened, I wouldn’t have known anything was wrong.  I am in awe of this child and her family.  They are strength personified.  In addition to the loss of their home, their 1st grade boy was one of the survivors in the Sandy Hook School shooting.  He was hiding in the bathroom with his teacher and 14 other children while their other classmates were killed.

I know that people around the country and the world realize Newtown is a wonderful community.   But witnessing strength first hand as I did on Good Friday with the Barth’s and previously being with Jennie Hubbard, mother of victim Catherine Hubbard, I am floored and honored to live in this town.

The miracles all around us do not cease, regardless of circumstance.


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My Blog, which began as a mommy blog and turned into a writing website,, is the product of my years of being home with my children and trying to find ways to keep myself sane. I have always had this feeling, coming from a single mother, that I have to contribute financially and that I have to be able to take care of myself and my children. having been married, being a NYC school teacher, having four children, living in Newtown, CT and trying to find a way to get through each day with a smile has always been something I've strived for. My stories, articles and poems will do a lot of things but mostly make you feel. I think that is what is so wonderful about having the ability to write. I have been given the gift of taking my emotions and transferring them to written word. Once that is done, I can share those words with others who may feel better, maybe just for a moment, but better nonetheless having read my words. I am glad you are here and hope you will stay:)
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