Angel Tree

I wanted to share a project that I did with my girls right before Christmas.   Like everyone, I can’t stop thinking about the victims of Newtown.  I wanted to create something that would honor their memory.  I hate the idea of those sweet babies and their teachers being forgotten.

I decided to make angel ornaments that I could hang on a small dogwood tree in our front yard.  I wanted the ornament to be simple enough that my girls could help.  (My little ones have no idea what happened.  They just love to help and were happy and proud to be able to.)  I needed their little hands on this – it just seemed completely fitting, and somehow healing.

We started with pine cones.  The little girls drew a simple face on a wooden ball, and I glued it to the top of the pine cone.  My oldest daughter glued moss to the top for hair, and then glued a small circle of wired garland for a halo.  We added wings made with ribbon, and a tiny bell.

We made 20 angels, and I also bought 6 gold stars to hang on the tree to honor their teachers.

The tree is so sweet.  It makes me terribly sad, but I can’t help but smile just a bit when I look at the little faces.  I’ll continue to pray for peace for their families, and continue to be reminded of how blessed I am by my own babies.

Much love,




  1. What a LOVELY TRIBUTE to those children and teachers. This has to be the nicest idea I have seen!

  2. This is just the sweetest, most thoughtful idea I have ever seen. You have such a big heart. The angels are precious. I really think you should email a photo to a few magazines, it will warm the hearts of so many.


  3. Beautiful Brenda. I absolutely love what you’ve done. What a perfect idea.

  4. Adorable, Brenda. You are passing along your compassionate heart to your girls. What a great idea.

  5. This is beautiful..what a wonderful way to honor them!

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  7. Rebecca,Your pictures of the Conference are aainmzg! The energy in the room in evident with each photo. I especially like the one of Shelley Simpson-McKay our Executive Director that one is a keeper of a lifetime. Keep up the good work Rebecca we are going to hear lot’s about you and your work in the future.

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