Monday, April 18, 2011

Matthew's House

Photos courtesy of Revival Arts Studio
A few months ago, my kids were approached to perform at a fundraiser to raise money for Matthew's House, a respite care home being built in Abbotsford, providing help to families in need of assistance with their loved ones who struggle with physical and medical challenges that may limit their independence.   The story of Matthew is a very inspiring one.....

Matthew's Story from Matthew's House on Vimeo.

Everyone was asked to dress with a little splash of RED to honor Matthew's memory.

The evening was billed as a "Dessert Theater Event" and included all sorts of different entertainment.

The Jansen 5 played some really great pieces together after only rehearsing for one afternoon, which is a practice that ALWAYS makes this mother very nervous.

Unfortunately, Junior could only stay for the first half of the evening because he was double booked.  I really love it when they all work together like......

a well oiled machine......

or a Swiss watch.....

or a professional chamber group.  Seriously, how is it that all these amazing musicians come from ONE family?!

If it was just one of them, I would be amazed by their unique talent.

Or if it was THREE of them, I might think something strange and wonderful was going on.

But all FIVE of them?!  That is clearly something done by a POWER much greater than anything here on this earth.  Only God could work such miracles.

Even more miraculous is how our Heavenly Father sets us on a path in this life that leads us to where HE chooses.

Matthew's Sister and Brother
Matthew's family was obviously chosen to reach out and help others in need on this long journey called life.  They are offering solace and rest in a broken world they know only too well from personal experience.  What a beautiful calling, don't you think?

The evening was a great success.  A grand total of $10,000 dollars was raised to help get Matthew's House built. 

And besides all that, the desserts were delicious.

I went back for seconds because I'm shameless that way.

If you are interested in donating to this very worthy cause or just want to hear more about what's going on, check out Matthew's House online. 

A special THANK YOU to Esther, the organizer.  It was a wonderful evening.  Right down to the beautiful table centerpieces

  You are one great party planner!

And another THANK YOU to Revival Arts Studio who provided all the photos in this post.   The pictures are wonderful. Check out their website for more beautiful photography.


3 Responses to “Matthew's House”

Rosa said...

What a great cause Tam! I wish I could have been there.
I would have gone back for thirds! :D

Donna said...

What a neat post on your children doing for someone elses!! Your children are so impressive as they play...I wish I could have heard them! Your pride must be enormous! (How did you get them to practice all those years??)
Matthew's story is a heart tug for sure. Amazing parents he has too. It's wonderful that they will build a legacy in his honor...and your family is a part of that!

Fifi Flowers said...

What a lovely thing for your kids to do!