Monday, December 16, 2013

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday till 2010 reared its ugly head. I was working for an insurance company & two weeks before Christmas I was laid off due to the lack of work available. I held it together till I got home, then balled with my face in a corner. Not a single present bought for my 4 young kids, & not a single dollar to use towards them.
        All I could think about was my children waking up to no presents & crying & then me crying, & the house flooding with our tears.
My parents & sisters heard the news, banded together, and bought each of my kids several toys from "Santa" that made it to our home before Christmas Day. Many things happened that morning: Christmas was saved, family ties were strengthened, & my heart was awoken.
 
Now, I'm blessed to have a stable job & recently was asked to move to management. I had no clue the amount of people wanting me in that position, making me feel so appreciated! I've even been requested to do a running article for the company magazine & help recruit during job fairs all around the Island & Seattle area. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to bounce around my creative juices with some company bigwigs. In fact, my husband just interviewed for
management in a new company & got it, too!
 
The reason I share this story is for a reminder that when your life is being blessed,
the most important thing you can do is PAY IT FORWARD!
I like to find a family or friend that has touched my life, or supported me with something &
do a special thing for them or their family during Christmas.
You just never know what they're going through & if that special moment was just what they needed. Happy Hanukkah & Merry Christmas everyone...


35 comments:

Elise Fallson said...

This got me so teared up. Bless your heart and your family for coming together and getting through the hard times and I'm so glad things are better now. <3

Pat Hatt said...

Glad things have worked themselves into a better state, nothing like family coming together when in need.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tammy so pleased things turned around for your family .. it was a good read, though a salutary lesson as to what can happen.

Happy festive time .. cheers Hilary

Johanna Garth said...

I'm so glad you are in a secure job now and I love the Christmas spirit displayed by your family! Happy Holidays!!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

So glad your family came through for you in that tough time and made a happy Christmas for your children! I had a sparse Christmas or two when I was a kid and it leaves scars. Kids don't understand how life works.

DAVID WALSTON said...

Great story! Paying it forward by blessing others is the only way to live.
Wish you and Yours happy holidays!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's awesome your family came together and saved Christmas. I always try to pay it forward.
Congratulations on the management position.

ilima said...

Aw, what a beautiful story!

Chris Fries said...

Wonderful and heartwarming story! And you're absolutely right: Giving to others, paying it forward, and doing all we can for those in need -- both within and without our families -- is what the holidays are all about!

I hope your Christmas is filled with love and joy!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Such a beautiful story. Happy Holidays!

S.P. Bowers said...

Thanks for sharing. We all have those down times, and it's important to remember to help others when we make it through to the other side.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Pay It Forward really makes if feel like Christmas. Since our kids are grown, I miss toy shopping so we always support Toys for Tots.

Tammy Theriault said...

Thank you all for stopping by!! Hope you enjoy the season of giving!!!

Elephant's Child said...

What a lovely reminder. Each year I contribute to a number of causes dear to my heart. At Christmas I give myself a gift - and give a bit more. And the year I 'bought' a bicycle for a midwife in Africa is a lovely memory.

Andrew Leon said...

That's all very awesome!

Suze said...

Aw, Tammy, this was a wonderful post to read! I am so happy for you and your family.

Leandra Wallace said...

Thx for the reminder that the true spirit of Christmas is giving. I hope you and yours have a wonderful one!

Heather Holden said...

Gosh, what a tough thing you had to go through back in 2010. (Thank goodness for your parents and sisters!) I love the idea of "paying it forward"--what a great reminder for this time of year!

Tammy Theriault said...

Yes! Pay it forward and your heart will feel those blessings even stronger!

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I'm glad that you found a good job and that your husband got a good job too. And how kind and generous of your family to help out like that; you're lucky to have such a loving family.

Mark Murata said...

Sounds a little like the Grinch story, but without a literal sleigh ride.

Lexa Cain said...

Forgive me for being so late to this post. (I blame my rebellious blog roll that sometimes doesn't update properly.) Your story is beautiful. I'm very happy for you that Christmas 2010 was saved and your life has gotten so much better in the last 3 years. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year! :-D

klahanie said...

Dear Tammy,

This is a heart-warming story of a family being there for each other. From the depths of despair, a beautiful positive came out of what seemed to be a positive.

As I type this, it's Christmas Day. Even though I'm here on my own, I have dedicated this day to being here for others.

Bless you, Tammy.

May you and your loved ones cherish a peaceful, positive Christmas.

Hugs, your friend,

Gary :)

Pk Hrezo said...

Sorry you had to go thru that Tammy, but in the grand scheme of things, it's prolly made you a stronger, more empathetic person. I believe that's why we endure certain struggles--to teach us and bond us with others.
Yay for new jobs!!So glad to hear it's going well! Keep in touch over the new year! I'm always an email away! ((hugs))

Yolanda Renee said...

Beautiful story of hope revealed!

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Geo. said...

Retired but still have four kids and sure like how you write. Following.

Morgan said...

Ohhhh... so beautiful and TRUE, Tammy!!!! Lovely message and post. I know for sure that we wouldn't have had Christmas for a few years if it hadn't have been for the generosity of others. We are so blessed. (And I miss you! I hope you are amazingly wonderful!!!)

Jay Noel said...

Thanks for sharing this very personal and profound story. Shows the true spirit of Christmas and how family and friends got your back during your toughest times.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

DEZMOND said...

Happy New Year, Tammy!

Tammy Theriault said...

thanks to everyone that has stopped by! I appreciate your warm hearts :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

LOVE the new header. I'm a bad friend to have taken so long to check it out!

Congratulations on the job advancements for you and your hubs...way to go!

And family does rock in times of need. That's why when they act like goofs, we still love them :)

Michelle Wallace said...

What a heart warming story, Tammy!
Thanks for being so open and sharing this personal experience.
Wishing you a happy, peaceful and productive 2014!
Take care.
Writer In Transit

Emily R. King said...

Lovely story, Tammy. It's amazing what we go through in life and survive. You're one strong chick!

Mark Koopmans said...

Hey,

I like that Pay it Forward idea... I should write a blog post on it :)

PS... Seriously, so *happy* for you and the family that things worked out well - and long may it continue :)

readfaced said...

I love your story. Thanks for sharing it with us Tammy.

Leanne ( http://readfaced.wordpress.com/ )