Happy Mother's Day

Mothers are such a vital part of a child’s life. On behalf of the children in our care, I would like to thank all of our mothers who help raise the children every day. Will you join me in celebrating our housemothers, relief housemothers, and the many volunteer ladies who have influenced the lives of the thousands of children who have lived in our homes?

I am glad to share with you what Mother’s Day means to our housemother, Sarah. Please see her letter below.

With Love,

Bill Brittain, President

Mother’s Day can be emotional.  It has become this way for me since my mother passed away five years ago.  It also becomes emotional for the children in our care who miss their moms.  Mother’s Day has to be approached with gentleness and understanding.  

Mother’s Day isn’t all about me being the housemother.  It is a celebration of the women God has given us who have impacted our lives.  The nurturing relationships that are formed with women are different than the relationships that are formed with a man or a father.

We thank God for the gentleness and different perspectives that women bring. When I approach Mother’s Day with my BCH children, I celebrate that.  I want them to honor the mother that God gave them, but also the special women that God has placed in their lives.


We will continue our efforts to make an eternal impact on each child who sits at our dinner table.


We celebrate the relationships God has allowed us to have, and we try to show our children the gratitude I have for these unique and special relationships.

Hawley Family Tree!

Hawley Family Tree!

I appreciate how great my husband is at teaching the children to honor and respect women—something that is often lacking when a child enters our care.  If we can teach them how parents should work as a team with mutual love and respect, then we have given them a special gift.  This gift can keep giving to them as they restore past relationships and as they grow and form new ones.  

A lot of relationship-building takes place in our kitchen.  As you can imagine, we spend a great deal of time there!  The kitchen is a spot that I like to feel homey and comfortable.  Much of our training takes place right there—surrounded by food preparation, continually hungry stomachs, and unending questions.

The wear and tear on our kitchen is evident from the use of 12 people, 3 times a day over the years. I am told that our kitchen remodel project is pretty high on the priority list of BCH administration!  This is a Mother’s Day gift all in itself!

So as you consider giving to this project (“Sarah’s Kitchen”), please know how thankful we are for you. We will continue our efforts to make an eternal impact on each child who sits at our dinner table.

With Love,

Sarah Hawley

P.S. One of our favorite things to make is dessert!  Relief Houseparent Sarah Bosquez introduced us to our favorite dessert. We now enjoy Snickers Apple Salad a couple times a month! I have shared the recipe with you below.  Enjoy!