Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I am amazed every year when I see miracles happen. We too have been extremely blessed when it comes to others. Usually anonymous. When my daughter was four we were sailing along in life. Things were going well. My daughter taught me a great lesson that year. She saw a need and came to me with that piggy bank and asked if we could go take it to someones doorstep and leave it for them. It couldn't have been more than ten dollars but it taught me a valuable lesson of selflessness. For all she new it was a hundred to her. But she felt that this other family needed it more. Than fast forward to the Christmas of 2009. We had spent a week in the hospital for an illness that most people do o.k. with, but for Ellie and her weak heart, I watched her struggle for every breath and wondered if this was how it would end. We left the hospital exhausted and beaten. I could care less if Christmas happened. In fact, I was hoping it would just go away. With M and A being seven and five they just wouldn't let me forget. As Christmas neared I was fearful of what Christmas would bring. We had spent the summer coming up and down from St. George and the bills were piling up. It was amazing how fast your life savings can disappear when life decides to take a hit or two or three. Then came a knock on the door. There was a jar of money on the front porch, then another knock and another. I was amazed at all the anonymous gifts that helped us that year. We ended up having a wonderful Christmas after all and it helped to pay some pressing bills at the time. It changed my attitude around and made me so grateful for the people in this world. It was amazing to know that they thought of our little family. We were blessed and would like to Thank those that so selfishly gave when they could have kept that money for something great. We only hope to pay it forward someday. Even if it is ten dollars in a little piggy bank. It makes me want to serve others any way I can.
We still see random acts of kindness from those we know and those that remain anonymous. We loved going to California this year and could not have done that trip with out those loved ones who helped us get there. We love you and are indebted to you. Sorry for rambling, but I desperately want those that have thought of our family in thoughts and prayers have a special place in our hearts.
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