Saturday morning at 8am, I woke up to a text message from a friend of mine in California. It was a link to an article from NBC News: ‘Gunman Shoots Dead 3 Young Partygoers at Mukilteo, Washington, Home.’
I am a Mukilteo native. My childhood home is in Mukilteo. My three siblings and I all graduated from Kamiak High School – the youngest just this past spring. My first thoughts went to my family. I called home and was comforted that my little brother was in his bed. However, as much as I was relieved, other families were not so lucky.
I struggle with what to say because what really can be said? This is a hateful crime that will never be justified. This is a violation of our sacred home. This is confusing. This is pain. This is devastation.
However, as a Mukilteo native, and founder of a motivational active wear apparel brand, called Every Blessed Day, I feel that something must be said.
Sometimes this world shakes us naked to our very core. But, sometimes, starting at our core is the best place to be because once we have our foundation, we can build ourselves again.
Herein lies the controversy, or maybe, misconception that comes with the phrase Every Blessed Day. Every Blessed Day is not meant to say that life is without hardship, tragedy, loss, struggle, hurt, and pain. But rather, it calls to our internal frame of mind. It calls to our approach to these things. It calls to the actions that we can control. It challenges us in our most fragile moments to attack our uphill battles, one step at a time.
Unfortunately, we cannot go back in time and we cannot revive these precious lives. The reality is, many of us still have life to live. And as we put one foot in front of the other each new day, as we exhale heavy and breathe in anew, as we wake up and try again, and try again, and try again… EBD is meant to say, here is another opportunity.
These young lives were not lost in vain. Their memory will continue to live on through all those that they impacted during their time with us. And what beautiful memories they left. I hope I can speak on behalf of this community that I grew up in:
To the families and friends affected most dearly,
We empathize with you.
Our hearts ache with yours.
This will take time.
It will be hard.
You are not alone.
We are here with you.
We are here together.
We will carry on.
Mukilteo, we are strong together.
Every Blessed Day.
We have dedicated these shirts to raise money for the families of the young lives lost and the young man who is still recovering. 100% of the profits will go to the families.
$10 ea. www.everyblessedday.com
All orders placed by 7 am on Monday 8/8, can utilize the code: ‘PICKUP’ to avoid shipping charges. Shirts will then be available for pick-up at the Kamiak High School parking lot, near the memorial site, from 6-8pm on Thursday 8/11.
A special thank you to Werner and Tracie Furrer, Northwest Creations LLC, of Mukilteo for donating all printing services.
In loving memory of Anna Bui, Jordan Ebner, and Jake Long.
Wishing a full recovery to Will Kramer.
We are fighting with you. Every Blessed Day.
FINAL UPDATE AS OF 10/14/2016
We are touched to announce that EBD and Northwest Creations sold over 600 shirts and raised close to $4000 for the families of Anna Bui, Jake Long, Jordan Ebner, and Will Kramer.
A special thank you to our loving community who purchased shirts to show support of the victims of this most unimaginable tragedy.