The 26Valentines Project: For The Sandy Hook Elementary 26

January 31, 2013

Update: We have decided to not move forward with The 26Valentines Project. While this well-intentioned effort will be no more, we know we’ll all continue to honor these adults and children in our own ways. 

Starting on February 1st and lasting 26 days, a chain of words will begin in an effort to tell stories. Each of the writers in the spaces along this chain will write one post each, to give the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy 26 more places to be remembered.

This is a simple act of telling, to share a little more about each person, in an attempt to help those of us reading along to remember. It began with a conversation between myself and my friend Ellen of Love That MaxCan we do something, share some words…something?-— and that became this project, shared among many bloggers from many places, all across the web.

We haven’t forgotten and we won’t, but we carry on with our many distractions while the families and friends of the victims cannot. The 26Valentine Project is one small way to carry on the memories of lives lost, with details about more than the ways these lives each ended.  All 26 posts will be but a glimpse into the life of a beautiful child or woman who was here and made this place better, and will always matter to the world. They moved through life in Newtown and spent their days at Sandy Hook school. They were loved fiercely by their parents and siblings and throngs of many others.  There are so many stories to tell about all their days of living. We can’t tell them all, of course, but our intention is to tell what we can. We all want to do what we can.

 (see note at the top of this post)



Jennifer Peterson January 31, 2013 at 8:55 am

What a great idea!! I think of those families all the time and pray for them!!
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Danielle Smith January 31, 2013 at 9:31 am

A treasure. I think about them every single day. I will read every word. Thank you for doing this…
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Anne Flournoy January 31, 2013 at 9:53 am

What an idea! Thank you Heather! I can’t wait to watch this take shape. XXX

Sherri January 31, 2013 at 9:59 am

Heather, this is such a wonderful idea…beautiful.

Summer January 31, 2013 at 10:00 am

what a lovely way to keep remembering them. My Gramma’s good friend was the great- grandmother of Dylan Hockley. It’s amazing how close to home this hits. Even though I’m across the nation. Looking forward to reading these posts.
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Ellen S. January 31, 2013 at 11:30 am

Heather, it is good to be doing this with you and all the other bloggers joining in. I hope it gives the families more comfort.
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Eileen January 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I let out a big heavy sigh as I read this, Heather. It’s such a lovely idea and it will be a beautiful tribute. Thank you for all the good you do for so many. I’m so proud to call you and a lot of the participating bloggers my friends. What an amazing, generous group. Hugs to you and yours. xo
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Ann January 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm

This is incredible. Thank you for contributing such love and grace with this–all of you.
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tracy@sellabitmum January 31, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Oh my heart – this is beautiful. xo
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Lee January 31, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Heather – wow my friend. You guys are awesome. What a stunningly beautiful idea…i am in awe. As always… :-)

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Kiran Ferrandino January 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm

What a beautiful idea. Definitely sharing. I know each of the writers on this wall will do an amazing job trying to do their best to honor each of those twenty six lost.
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Diane Turner January 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm

This is so cool I can barely contain myself. Such love and grace, along with a glowing imagination. Thanks for sharing.

dusty earth mother January 31, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Thank you, thank you all for doing this.

Jessica January 31, 2013 at 7:16 pm

What a heartbreakingly beautiful idea.

Kristen @ Motherese January 31, 2013 at 7:41 pm

What a wonderful idea – just beautiful. xo
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denise January 31, 2013 at 9:07 pm

You awe me. (Not entirely grammatically correct–but it’s exactly what I mean.) Fabulous idea and looking so forward to reading. xoxo Love, Goose
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Alexandra February 1, 2013 at 12:54 am

To remember our loved ones. To speak with love, of those we’ve lost. To have someone say, I am so sorry.

There is no finer balm for a grieving soul.

Thank you for this opportunity. To give words to our tears.
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Meagan Francis (@MeaganFrancis) February 1, 2013 at 9:52 am

Just read Deb’s entry and I already know this is going to be one soggy month. What a wonderful project.
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Elsa February 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

Weren’t there 27 victims? What about Nancy Lanza?

Heather February 1, 2013 at 10:35 am

Hi Elsa,

Yes. This particular project is focused on the victims at the school. Good question.

All Best,


Heather February 1, 2013 at 10:35 am

I don’t know if that first comment emailed itself to you, this is what it said.

Hi Elsa,

Yes. This particular project is focused on those that died at the school. Good question.

All Best,

Robin ~ PENSIEVE February 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Oh, Heather…what a precious tribute to introduce us to those who lost their lives; Deb has begun with a beautiful entry, and I know the writers who are participating will continue what she has begun.

You and Ellen have sensitive hearts and I’m proud of y’all for following through with this project.
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Heather Bowie February 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Wow – what a beautiful way to pay tribute. Thanks for putting this together. I look forward to following. And yes, words clearly make a difference.
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jeannett February 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm

i love this.
times a million.
thank you for having beautiful hearts.
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Kathi February 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I am so happy to see that you guys are doing this.
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Adele Henderson February 2, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I am sorry to hear that this project is no more. I had bookmarked this page on my home computer and at work so each day I could read each post and then share with my friends on Facebook. I will continue, as I have, to pray for the families who lost a loved one from the tragedy.

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