Share a favorite Christmas memory
My senior year of high school was much different than I expected it to be. Over the summer, my Dad had been in a horseback riding accident. He was too injured to return to his job and he was going to school to start a new career as a flight instructor.
A few weeks after school started, my car was on it's last leg, so I got a job at a local auto parts store as a parts delivery driver and right before Christmas I had gotten my first loan from a bank and bought a 1979 Ford Mustang. Money was tight and I was paying for all of my own expenses with my little paycheck.
I hated that I was being forced to be an adult a year too soon and I'm sure I sulked around a fair amount of the time.
I wasn't expecting much that Christmas. My parents had started selling things to raise money to pay bills. My piano was gone and so was my sister's horse. We had the basics and that was enough for me.
I was amazed beyond belief when I opened a small box and found a a ring with a sapphire stone inside. I remember crying because I didn't think I'd be able to get a class ring! We'd looked at them once and when I realized they were over $200 I knew I'd have trouble saving that much. Somehow, my parents had scraped enough money together to get my ring.
I'll never forget that day.
List the top 9 things that bring you joy
1. Holding hands with my children
2. Planning a trip
3. Seeing my children happy
4. Watching my husband get excited about something
6. Riding roller coasters with my family
7. Eating Chocolate Covered Orange Sticks
8. Laughing at my son's jokes
9. Watching my daughter do gymnastics