Visiting ground zero was profound for us as a family. No words can describe the pit in my stomach as I felt the loss. When I feel such sadness, I usually look up, and somehow even that didn't help me that day. Why can't we all just exist on this earth together and tolerate our differences? It's big enough for everyone. So sad.
As we continued on our visit of New York, I realized that hope was in everything as we looked around. Hope and freedom has always been represented by the Statue of Liberty. But, hope is in everything. Hope is in the city, the buildings and the people we meet, the new food we try and the traditions we learn and create. Hope is reborn in our children and the things we teach them. New York remains a beautiful city, representing strength, history, and hope. We must never forget that there will always be hope in our world, no matter what.
Before and after the Orlando nightclub shooting.