Siblings of the Month - November 2018
A Thankful Hand

When you hold my hand I'm reminded that I'm not alone in this world, that somebody loves me, and that I have a best friend. -Darlene Schacht

Holidays can be particularly difficult for families struggling with the challenges of dealing with a serious illness. Friends of Karen sibs often share that they feel sad when they notice the differences in how their families celebrates holidays now that a brother or sister is sick. Holiday rituals may be put on hold or even forgotten about and celebrating may feel really hard. It may be especially tough for families when an ill child must spend a special holiday in the hospital.

Siblings also talk about feeling guilty for experiencing happiness when their family, and especially their sibling, is struggling so much.  It is ok to find moments of happiness. It’s also okay to feel sad, angry, excited, worried, or scared.  These feelings are all normal.  It may be helpful to talk about these changes and share these feelings, and to find new, small ways of celebrating each other as a family. 

One way that might help make celebrating feel a little easier, in the midst of difficult times, is finding simple things for which you are grateful. We asked a few of our FOK siblings to do just that by participating in our annual “Give Siblings a Hand” thankfulness project. 

They created these beautiful images of their hands which hold many of the things they are grateful for in their lives.  You can also read their thankfulness sentences below. We hope their words inspire you to create your own "Thankful Hand" to share with your family as a small, but powerful way to come together this thanksgiving and to acknowledge the unique gifts you see in one another. Can you think of one thing you are thankful for to share with your family? 

Remember your amazing hands can….

hold                                 touch

feel                                  help

throw                               catch

clap                                 tie

cook                                reach

grasp                              wave hello

wave goodbye                love

let go                              

“I don't know where my road is going, but I know that I walk better when I hold your hand.”

Alfred de Musset


 I am thankful for family, money, food (especially spaghetti.) - Diana, age 10


I am thankful for friends, memory, bonds, company. - Karen, age 14


I am thankful that my brother makes me laugh. -Kamya, age 12


I am thankful that my sister always make. -Havish, age 10


I am most thankful for my life and togetherness. - Dyleena, age 14


I am most thankful for this house and school. - Xavier, age 16


I am most thankful for coloring. - Carter, age 3


I am most thankful for Family. - Chelsea, FOK Parent


I am most thankful for learning. - Christopher, FOK Parent


I am thankful for family, school, friends, food, God. -Esperante, age 14


I am thankful for my food and money. I am thankful for the house I live in. I am thankful for my friends and family. - Sanaa, age 12


Things I am thankful for: food, home, pets, clothing, shoes, Mom, Dad, Siblings, Jen, and God. -  Jayline, age 13


Things I am thankful for: A family, a home, Amerie, games, food. - Joseph, age 11


Things I am grateful for: money, water, food, house, twin sisters. Anitza, age 9


Things I am thankful for: supportive friends, food and clean water, doctors and nurses, a roof over my head, family. Mahogany, age 15


I am thankful for Amaia my cousin, Papy, Grandma, Mama, Me, Cibele, Zoe, age 3


I am thankful for school, toys, God, and candy. Darcy, age 6


I am thankful for Zoe, Amaia, mom, me, family. Cibele, age 8


I am thankful for my family, my teachers, Friends of Karen. Salimatou, age 8


I am thankful for family, friends, life, Melissa. Aicha, age 9


I am thankful for my mom. Shariah, age 12


I am thankful for God's Mercy. Shareen, FOK Parent