CHRISTMAS LETTER

2004

 

THE ORTON FAMILY
CHRISTMAS LETTER 2004

“Christmas is more than trees and twinkling lights, more than toys and gifts and baubles of a hundred varieties. It is love. It is the love of the Son of God for all mankind. It reaches out beyond our power to comprehend.”
Gordon B. Hinckley


Our lives have been touched with so much love this year. We have so many things to be thankful for, but most of all we are thankful for the love of Christ, for family and friends, doctors and nurses, and so many others that have graced our lives. “…Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew chapter 25:40.) 
Thank you to all who have served us and loved us!

Here are some highlights on the family this year…..

STEVEN: Just hit the five year mark at the Laconia Police Department and is still loving it, (He is an amazing policeman who is first in line if they have to break down a door, but also not afraid to offer a prayer with a grieving person.) spent many hours playing golf, tennis, basketball and learning how to ski, still in the Sunday School presidency at church, continues to be the kind, supportive husband and fun-loving, compassionate father and LOVES to wrestle with his children.

BECKY: Loves playing wife and mother, enjoys taking Ben on his bi-monthly Dartmouth adventures, continues to ski, run and play basketball, still plays the organ and teaches the 16-18 yr. old girls at church, finds time to scrapbook every once in awhile, teaches piano lessons, spends many hours on the phone talking to her mom and sisters whom she misses very much and LOVES to watch her husband wrestle with the children. 

KAYLA (9): 3rd grade, enduring her second year of piano lessons (taught by mom), played baseball (on an all boys team), soccer, indoor soccer and basketball, she enjoys reading, is a peacemaker and LOVES to wrestle with dad.

KALEB (8): 2nd grade, just got baptized, started scouts, played baseball, soccer and indoor soccer, is now a purple belt in karate, started his first year of piano lessons, is a most energetic and sensitive child and LOVES to wrestle with dad.

STEVIE (5): Kindergarten, mom’s constant sidekick, enjoys being read to, serves food to homeless people at a local soup kitchen, colors and puts together puzzles on a daily basis, is a happy child with a smile to melt your heart and has finally learned to LOVE wrestling with dad.

BENJAMIN (2): Participates in the Early Intervention program, receives physical therapy three times a week, earning frequent driving miles to Dartmouth that will hopefully someday be redeemed for a sunny, tropical vacation, has his own website: http://www.metrocast.net/~reorton/ , is Mom’s best snuggle bug, continues to be our perfect child in every way, radiates unconditional love to everyone that comes in contact with him and gets to wrestle with dad whether he LOVES it or not.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

LOVE, THE ORTON FAMILY

                               

These pictures were taken in Gilford, NH by Andrea Stephenson

 

 

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