Monday, December 26, 2011

Peace, Joy, Hope and Love

Christmas Eve morning was a little hard for Charlie.  His sisters were coming to our house for a few hours and his anxiety was showing.  He has become very protective of his space in our home, both literally and emotionally.  After a small meltdown, I sat down and talked to him about it.  I explained that we might be a little unsure about how the day would go, but it was Christmas and we should do our best to make it a good day.

At church the kids were given an Advent wreath, candles and the banners to color that say Hope, Joy, Peace and Love.

So I asked him "What does Christmas mean?"  He looked at me rather puzzled.  "Peace - what does Peace mean?"

"Try to get along" he said.

Me:  "Joy, what does Joy mean?"

Charlie:  "Be happy"

Me:  "Love - what does Love mean?" 

Charlie:  "Be nice to each other"

Me:  "What does Hope mean?"

Charlie:  "Hope we have a good day"

In the beautifully simple terms of a child, we wish you and yours Peace, Joy, Love and Hope this season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Stephanie and Randy
Mr. Thornton, Marquel, Annie, Charlie and Chip

Friday, December 2, 2011

Time to Give Thanks

This year has gone by so fast, and there is so much to be thankful for:

Marquel is in 8th grade, on the A-B honor roll, and loves her sports.  She has a Big Sister, which is so awesome, as it gives her someone she can talk to and look up to.

Annie is doing much better in school this year, and she is so proud.  She loves to read and always has a list of books that she wants, which we try very hard to provide for her.  Both girls are more involved in their neighborhood church, leading in the singing, which is great for their self esteem.

Since we don't see the girls as often as we used to, we are surprised how tall they are getting, and how fast they are growing up.  After some difficult times and decisions for us, we are pleased that the girls are doing better and developing a closer bond with their step father.

Charlie loves school, friends and sports.  His football team made it to the playoffs, and he was really proud.

Chip is almost as tall as Charlie now.  We have him most weekends and the most important thing is X-Box and computer games! Every morning he is at our house he asks "Do we go to church today?"  He LOVES church!

Mr. Thornton turned 75 this year (which he really doesn't want anyone to know!)  It has been a very hard year with the loss of his son and we can see the emotional and physical toll it has taken on  him.  Not being able to work is very difficult for him.  It seems very unfair that SSI denies him the right to do any kind of work.

When Mr. Thornton agreed to take in his wife's kids, we told him we would help out as best we could.  This is a life-long mission and we can't thank all of you enough for your help and assistance.

With Christmas approaching, we are mindful of the on-going needs of the family.  We would like to provide Mr. Thornton with the following:
  • Paper products such as toilet paper,  napkins, paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies 
  • Soaps - laundry soap, dish soap and hand soap
The girls are growing, Marquel is now wearing a size 10/12 ladies.  Because she is harder to fit it means she need to try clothes on before purchasing. It is also important for he to start learning to shop wisely.

If you would like to help - here are some choices:
  • Visa Gift Card (or cash) - so that they can use at store of their choice
  • Tax Deductible contributions can be made to St. John Lutheran Church (please indicate Thornton Family Fund on your check)
  • Gifts can be purchased for Mr. Thornton and/or the kids.  Email me if you would like a wish list.
We often remind ourselves where these kids would be if Mr. Thornton had not been willing to take them in.  Thanks to all of you who have supported this family in so many different ways, they are thriving.  While Mr. Thornton is not accustomed to relying on others, and it is hard for him to show his appreciation, please know that he is very thankful for all you have done for him and the kids.

Happy Holidays to you and your families!

Until next time. . .