We were incredibly inspired by the wonderful Christmas story, “Shoelaces for Christmas” written by Craig S. Buehner, that we decided to ask our Facebook fans to tell us their own holiday story. We received an incredibly number of wonderful, real-life stories, that touched our hearts and reminded us that despite trying times, the spirit of holidays continues to live 0n our own world, not just in books.
Thank you for everyone who took the time to share all your wonderful stories with us! We wanted to share one story with everyone that we received from Distributor, Tracy Gilmore. Tracy shared with us her own beautiful story about life’s triumph and struggles, and much like Buenher’s novel, that miracles still do exist. Read Tracy’s entire story below.
We had an idyllic life, my husband and I. We were living on our tiny piece of heaven in the country outside a small town in Texas; raising our children and a small herd of Quarter Horses. My husband was building beautiful new homes and I was the typical housewife/chauffer/maid/cook… well, maybe not so typical, but that’s another story.
We fell victim to the housing bust, several years after it hit most markets, and our building business tanked. Things got very hard after that, and our first Christmas after losing the business looked very bleak. We were quite certain Santa wouldn’t be coming to visit.. or at least not the way our children were used to, for sure. We sat them down and explained the situation, and they were very gracious and understanding. We knew they were somewhat disappointed, but covered it well.
The very next day, when we pulled up at the house after picking up the children from school, we saw a small gift bag hanging from the front door handle. Inside were 5 pre-paid credit cards, containing enough money to make a very nice Christmas morning for our children. What an incredible blessing that was to us, we were so thankful to that anonymous donor.
The following year, things weren’t any better. My husband had gone back to trimming houses, the only other trade he knew, but the building industry was no better, and Christmas was again looking bleak. We had chance to meet a lovely young couple, Terry and Michelle, who had no children. Through the course of conversation, we learned that Terry’s father knew my husband’s father from way back when they were children.
3 weeks later, they showed up at our house with a full load of gifts for our children. Terry’s father, when learning how we were struggling to provide a nice Christmas for our family, donated the funds, and Terry and Michelle went on a Christmas shopping trip on our behalf, wrapped all the gifts and delivered them to our home.
We were beside ourselves, of course, with gratitude. Twice in a row our children had been blessed with a beautiful and memorable Christmas in an incredible and unexpected manner.
Since that time, after being deeply in debt for a decade or so, we have been mindful to pay those blessings forward. Times haven’t been easy, but we have stayed vigilant for the right moment to express our thanks by being a blessing to another family in need.
Yesterday I touched base a young gal who has been looking at SendOutCards for several months. I learned that her husband, after being laid off about 4 months ago, finally found a job, just 2 days earlier. She was so grateful for that, but expressed concern about how she was going to break the news to her 5 young children that Santa wouldn’t be coming to their house. I offered a couple of solutions, but they sounded hollow and inadequate.
That evening, my husband got home from work and told me that he’d been thinking about the two times we were unexpectedly blessed at Christmas. He thought it was time to pay that blessing forward, but didn’t know how to find the right family. His thoughts totally confirmed what I’d already been thinking and I shared the story of my day with him.
I’m excited to be able to say that today I contacted SendOutCards and have an unexpected blessing on its way to North Carolina! It feels SO good to act on a prompting, and to pay forward the blessings we’ve received. I look forward to many other opportunities to do this again. — Tracy Gilmore
Thank you, Tracy, for sharing your wonderful story with us! And thank you to everyone who participated in our holiday giveaway!