Her Mom shares that Emilie loved mornings, making art, and being fancy. For Christmas that year the Parkers were going to transform a crawl space in their home into a playroom for their three girls. Emilie also came up with the idea to give to children in need that didn't have any toys. She went to her room and filled the box up with her toys that she was going to share with the children in need. It became her last project before that fateful tragic day.
After the shooting, Emilie's Mom said that it was too difficult and painful to even acknowledge the crawl space that they were transforming into a playroom for the girls. She was upset because she knew she would never get to see Emilie's face light up with excitement over the playroom. This crushed her. It was also painful for her to even look at the box of toys that Emilie left for the children in need.
"I couldn't bring myself to do anything with it. The box reminded me of the loss of one of the most giving and selfless people I've ever met. It was hard to imagine a world that didn't have that goodness or selflessness in it," shared Emilie's Mom.
One day Emilie's family received the clothes Emilie was wearing the day of the shooting from the police.
"I had to see how she was hurt. The pain was indescribable. I felt so consumed with how evil can be so powerful. And that evil won," stated Emilie's Mom.
One day someone had paid for an oil truck to come to their house to deliver oil. They had never called for an oil truck and found out that someone who didn't even know them had given them this gift as an act of kindness.
"This kindness given quietly from a family I hardly knew was one of many. The letters started pouring in. The letters over and over was an account of God's love," shared Emilie's Mom.
The Parker family had an overwhelming response from people who were praying for them and sending them things. Emilie's Mom started to feel her spirit being lifted and this strength and power lifted her and her family.
Emilie's parents decided it was time to complete the crawl space for their other girls. It was what Emilie wanted done. They finished the crawl space and Emilie's Mom got to see the faces of her other two girls light up with excitement. They loved it. There on the wall is a sweet family photo of Emilie.
After the strenth and power that lifted the Parkers, they got involved in founding a School Safety Advocacy Group. They connected children in need with art programs. They helped with emergency response medical care in Guatemala. They used their power and strenth to help others. That is the true definition of selflessness.
"People ask where was your God when this happened. Why didn't he stop it? God allowed others to kill his son. He allows for all of us to make our own choices. Good or bad because that is the only way good can be in us if we freely choose it over all else. Evil didn't win that day. We will carry on that love like she had," shared Emilie's Mom.
Now it is quiet for the Parkers and nothing about the Sandy Hook shooting floods the news. But the Parkers have learned just how big God's love really is. What an incredible amazing family. They endured such tragedy and still have their faith in God. They believe in the power of God's love. One would have to agree that evil didn't win that day. You have to fight evil with good everyday.