Hebrews 12: 1-3
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything
that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked
out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the JOY set
before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne
Psalm 51: 10-12
"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from
your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the JOY of your salvation and
grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."
"If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any
fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my JOY complete by
being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish
ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should
look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the
same as that of Christ Jesus."
Tuesday, with "Celebrate QUINNcidence" His joy was made complete and so was mine, even in the midst of sorrow. I could feel the "like-mindedness", the "same love", and people all over being "one in spirit and purpose". People put aside their selfish ambitions and put others in front of themselves. Most of you did not look at your own interests, but the interests of others. I know God was glorified Tuesday because those whom He created and loves came together for one purpose... to bless. I know I was not the recipient of all the random acts, but it didn't matter because EVERY LITTLE THING YOU DID for someone else touched my heart, and Tim's, in such a deep way that I could never describe in words. Yes, I was bold enough to put the idea out there, but God did HUGE things with it. Thank you for showing love in big and small ways, thank you for joining us, thank you for supporting us, thank you to those of you who know us and love us, and thank you to those of you who celebrated Quinn without knowing any of us. You will never know how much it meant to us. Quinn was NOT forgotten, Quinn was celebrated, Quinn moved people, people's lives were changed because of my daughter and THAT, that is the greatest birthday gift.
Yesterday, God brought the word "showers" to mind. The last 8 months have seemed full of gloom and showers of tears but just for a moment this week the clouds parted and God decided to shower down blessings through all of you.
"You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open
wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD have created it."
So my prayer for all of you who joined with us is that you were showered with blessings and righteousness, despite the clouds in your life and that salvation and righteousness will spring up. That through the "weather" of rain you have a continual climate of joy. A joy that will not fade and is made complete through serving others. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making our joy complete through your acts of kindness.
**I thought I would post highlights from the day below**
Here are students and staff who stayed after school to make posters to promote the day...
This is what I came into when I walked into my room on Tuesday. 15-20 students and a few staff members came at 7pm the night before and decorated my room to show their support. It was beautiful.
"We love you Terhorst"
"March 12th Quinncidence"
"We are Washington"
Random candy left on lockers with encouragement. This one says "You are amazing. Celebrate QUINNcidence"
Students were asked to write down on a post-it note what they had done throughout the day and post it on the counseling windows.
My Desk in our Teacher Planing Center
A colleague's door that was decorated, she also handed out pink cupcakes to students
The Counseling office windows towards the end of the day
This is what I came home to... A dear friend had special kids (cousins, friends, neighbors, church friends) in our life that would've been invited to Quinn's Birthday write birthday cards for Quinn. She then hung them to balloons that represented the prayers gone up from their parents for us. We later released them in the sky.
Flowers that had been delivered
A compilation of the day:
Now we get into the pictures of others who had posted them for us...
Quarters left in a college dorm laundry room
The following links are what was on the news about Quinncidence:
Blogs written about Quinncidence: