The Thornhill Family in Friendswood, Texas:
After 21 years of marriage and 4 of the best blessings in the world, the most important man in our life passed away November 29, 2010. After an overwhelming support from friends, family & the community, we were left to face our first Christmas without our Dad/Husband.
Per tradition we left to go to our grandparents for Christmas Eve. A difficult evening to face, but going in with our heads held as high as possible. After leaving early and in a heart-broken atmosphere, we pulled into our drive way to find a path of candles leading to the front door. The doorway was lit up with red and green lights, and our doorstep covered with over 80 Christmas Jars. All filled with hope, love, & faith.
The jars kept arriving until 2am, and are still coming as we speak. After bringing them all in, me and my 4 children read the meaning from the book "Christmas Jars" and opened them 1 at a time. Sharing verses, notes, and kind words from all the different Jars. Our hearts were filled with warmth during what seemed to be such a hard time.
We were not only touched by the notes, but also by the countless gift cards, coins, cash, candy, and food. Most of all though, we were amazed at how what will probably be the saddest Christmas for our family will also be the most memorable. Memorable because God poured his love on to our family & wrapped us with thoughts and prayers that were so overwhelming they actually lifted our spirits. We thank each and every Christmas Jar Angel that stopped by our house, because they saw a need and choose to serve. May God Bless each and every one of them. We know our dad is smiling from above.