Sunday, December 2, 2012

Gratitude - FAMILY!!

No words can express our appreciation for our family. In their October visit the Hatch family of five brought innumerable gifts for which we are grateful:
The gift of supporting and strengthening one another
to navigate the storms and chasms of life

The gift of enthusiam, Megan and Katelyn

The gift of treasuring one another, Jason and Ryan

The gift of curiosity
The gift of faith in Jesus Christ

The gift of appreciation of one another and
 the beauties of the earth, Erin and Ryan


The gift of discovery, this one at the Strawbery Banke Museum

The gift of enjoying sunshine and magical moments

The gift of finding happiness in simple family games

The gift of enjoying New England whoopie pies

 In reviewing a few of the gifts given by the Hatch family, we thought of the song"Simple Gifts" which was written by Elder Joseph while he was at the Shaker community in Alfred, Maine. These are the lyrics to his one-verse song:
'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.
The gift of wonder and hugs

The gift of song and laughter

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