Sunday, December 15, 2013

Dear Central Day School...

We've had a fun weekend! We went to the Children's Museum (twice!) and had some unexpected fun when we dropped by a friend's house to "grab a couple presents." Understatement of the year, AntonĂ­os!

A friend from Central Church, where I used to teach preschool, had told me a couple months ago that she wanted to get her second grade class involved in writing Josiah cards or something while he was inpatient at the hospital: Just something fun for him to have to look forward to. Little did I know what Mrs. Reckord's class and so many others were dreaming up! Kindergarten, second grade, and fourth grade adopted us as their service project. These children, their families, and their teachers went all out!

When we pulled up I saw a wreath on their door with Josiah's name on it. As we got closer we saw it was covered in gift cards! Mrs. Reckord opened the door and ushered us into a room full of goodies! There was a picnic basket filled with movies, another filled to the top with popcorn and candy, and baskets full of books! Many of the students wrote him Christmas cards and get well letters all of which we read to him :). There was also a bag full of sanitizing supplies!!! YAY!!!

It was pretty much another Make-A-Wish was granted except this time it was a total surprise to even Stephen and me!

Pizza, Toys, Groceries, Movies, Target... it's all there.

This isn't even all of it!

Josiah is thankful for Mrs. Reckord! Look at those eyes: I think he had just seen all the movies.

In their new jammies with their CDS Christmas Baskets

A Precious Package

This one is coming to the hospital with us!

Dear Central Day School students,

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, 
but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, 
in love, in faith and in purity."
-- I Timothy 4:12

As I read your cards and listened to Mrs. Reckord tell us of your creative thinking and sometimes sacrificial giving this verse came to my mind over and over. I want to tell you thank you from all of us. I hope that sometime before class is out Josiah will be well enough to come thank you in person, and meet every one of you. We are so humbled by your efforts to bless our family. God has used you to encourage us. You have blessed us not just with material things, but with your loving generosity that comes from knowing the Love of Jesus. You have set a great example for the adults around you, as well as for my children! Please, continue blessing those the Lord lays on your heart. It is always for a reason when He puts someone on your mind. Thank you for listening, Mrs. Reckord.

Much love,
The Hacketts


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