We’re still giving thanks

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

—Melody Beattie

 

I read this quote today, just before I stepped into a meeting where much gratitude was expressed. First, we took time out to thank our Auxiliary. They put on three flea markets a year and spend hours-on-end collecting, repairing, cleaning and ticketing items to sell at those flea markets. And it’s all for our children. We are grateful.

 

 

Then our Foster Care Recruiter, Denise Peacock, shared her thankfulness with the group. In the last six weeks, we’ve added five new foster homes! (An interesting fact: in this group is the youngest foster family we’ve ever approved – they’re in their late 20s; a couple in their 60s; and a single woman who is a school teacher. Foster families come in all shapes and sizes!) Also in the last six weeks, three children were adopted – two 10-year old twin boys, and one eight-year-old who is medically fragile. We rejoice and give thanks for these three children who have found their forever families.

 

Thanksgiving may be over, but the gratitude keeps flowing at the Children’s Home. We continue to be thankful for all of you who make possible our work on behalf of these children and families. Thank you for turning countless houses into homes.

 

-Julie Tiemann

P.R. Coordinator