Friday, November 18, 2011

Thank You from the Huntleys

Dear Friends & Neighbors:

Since the passing of our son Spence, we have been overwhelmed by the support, love, messages, prayers, food, wine, flowers, notes, visits, calls, cards, invitations out, etc. that we have received from everyone in and around this wonderful community. To all of you who have reached out to our family, thank you. To all of you who have kept us in your thoughts and prayers, thank you. To know that we are not alone helps to bolster our courage during this time of transition and healing.

To those who have contributed so generously to Spencer's Memorial Fund, we thank you. We will strive to make a difference in the lives of young musicians and keep Spencer's loving spirit alive through our on-going sponsorships, scholarships and donations.

To those of you who have shared stories of Spencer and his impact in your lives, special thanks to you. Knowing that he mattered to many people beyond our own family gives us comfort that his life will resonate in other lives perhaps in ways we never imagined.

I don't think I ever realized how important a community was until seeing you all in action, first during the destruction and rebuilding of Irene, and now with our recent tragedy. My mother, brothers and sisters and visiting friends were all amazed at the outpouring of your concern and care for us and could see the incredible support derived from living in this amazing community.

A special thank you must be sent to Pastor Abraham Gross and the Cavendish Baptist Church. Abe sought us out on the night of the accident, offered his church and services to us if we needed them and allowed us the freedom and grace to put together a rather unconventional and some might say, heretical service. And all the while he stood by my family to offer whatever support and encouragement we might need. He is truly a man here doing God's work steadily, quietly and humbly and we thank him.

Part of the initial shock and confusion of the first week of the accident has resulted in us not keeping proper track of who brought what to the house. Consequently, we have many plates, pans, dishes and containers that should be returned to their owners with proper thanks and speed but which we are at a loss to assign to the proper person. Please feel free to stop by our home and claim your dish, pan or plate or call us and tell us which is yours and we can arrange to get your things back to you - all with our sincere appreciation. The food has been delicious.

As you gather around your Holiday tables this season, love each other completely, forgive each other absolutely and laugh with each other heartily. Appreciate the small things and know that you are blessed. We do.
Thanks to you all -

Sharon, Mark & Madi Huntley

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