Monday, December 28, 2009

Angels Among Us

Of course after my recent rantings and ravings about how hard Christmases have become, I have to admit that this was honestly the best Christmas that we've had in the nearly 4 years since we've received our IF diagnosis. Not only did I not bawl through the entire Christmas Eve service, but I barely shed a tear (only through the silent prayer time). I was pretty proud of myself...

Santa was also very good to us this year - in more ways than one! We got some nice new clothes, a Swivel Sweeper, some Le Creuset enameled pots (yay!), and quite a few gift cards and money! G also got me a beautiful blue ring, his birth stone! I definitely feel very blessed and extremely spoiled!

But that's not even the best or most amazing part of my Christmas. It seems that yes, Teri, there IS a Santa Claus! Two days before Christmas, I went out to my mailbox and discovered a nice little stack of Christmas cards amongst all the junk mail. One stuck out to me, however, because it was addressed only to me (and not to G as well). I immediately tore into it and could not believe what I saw...It said "Teri - Thank you for keeping the Christmas spirit alive. May all your wishes come true in 2010 ~Santa" and tucked inside were FIVE $100 bills!?!?!?! There was no return address & I don't personally know anyone who lives in the city where it was postmarked...we put a little extra in the plate at church on Christmas Eve and put the rest into the savings account, most likely to help pay for our FET in Feb-Mar & the unexpected property tax bill that we just got. Once we get our tax return back, we will definitely be paying it forward. This is one of those things you hear about in the movies and think it never really happens to "real" people. I am STILL in disbelief.

Random act of Christmas kindness from a stranger? Or a loved one showering us with anonymous (and tricky) blessings? We'll never know...all I know is that there really IS a Santa Claus!!!


Ter said...

I have seen a few posts like that from other people who are church goers so it probably has something to do with that. I'm glad you got that special gift, and I hope that if nothing else it has brought your spirits up.

The Swann's said...

That's so amazing! :-)

Merry Christmas to you two!

Anonymous said...

how awesome is that...u deserve it!
glad you had a nice christmas

Emily said...

That is WONDERFUL!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Kristen said...

Wow! That's about all I can say! :)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

Amy said...

This story still gives me goosebumps. I want you to know that you're in my prayers (and I don't say that just to say it -- when I say I'm praying for someone, I mean I'm praying for someone!)

Kara said...

That still gives me extreme goosebumps when I read it!

Bec said...

What a beautiful suprise gift :)

Piccinigirl said...

sounds a lot like Santa to me and I'm so happy it happened to you.

Merry Christmas, may 2010 bring you beautiful things my friend :)

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