This Christmas season, we asked our kids to take some time to think about the things they were thankful for. They each wrote a letter to express gratitude for those things. As we ourselves were touched by what they'd wrote, we wanted to share with you some of the things they had to say.
"Lots of Fun (and Love)", Notoryan, age 12
I am glad that I am here because we do lots of fun events and go to Christmas parties. (Part of this message has been hidden to protect the identity of family). And I am glad I have a family here who loves me.
"Simple Things", Mario, age 18
I'm thankful for many things, especially those who are very close to me. I'm also thankful for music, knowledge, body pillows, warmth, and books.
Now those things are just simple everyday items but for us children they have an impact on us. If you take my music I wouldn't have a way to connect with others. You take my body pillow I am not going to sleep. These simple things help us through life, and I'm so thankful for them that I will never be able to let them go. Kind of like you!
The person I'm most thankful to is you Jesus, my savior, without you nobody would be thankful.
"Breath In My Lungs", Ryleigh, age 15
I am thankful for...
- Christ Jesus our savior
- The Children's Home
- My family
- My church family
- My friends
- God's Agape love
- The Bible
- Breath in my lungs
- Clothes on my back
- My houseparents
- My braces
- Faculty and staff at school
The verse (she references Galatians 5:22-23)–"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there are no such law".
And the other verse (she also references Hebrews 4:12)–"The word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart".
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Debby from Rio Mimbres Bapt. Church (Friday, 22 December 2017 17:13)
Thanks for sharing these beautiful letters & thank you for giving these kids love and a safe place to live. I so enjoy coming every spring to be with these great kids. I always come away feeling more love than I gave them. I just wish I lived closer so I could visit more often. Please let my buddy, Ms. Ryleigh, know I loved reading her letter and Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas to all the staff and houseparents!!