And yes, you read that correctly I have a new (to me) car!! My pastor's wife called me at 11:15 on Sunday night, and asked if I could come over to their house, because they had a gift that they wanted to give me face to face. This was pastor's last Sunday because they left early Monday morning. He was headed to an Air Force base in Alabama for his basic training. His wife and 4 kids are spending some time with her sister, and then meeting up with him in South Carolina some time later. Anyway, it was so sad to say goodbye to them at church, the morning service was pretty emotional! Well, back to 11:15. I had to get mom taken care of and to bed first, then I headed over and got to their house about midnight. After some conversation pastor went over to a kitchen cabinet and handed me some money. They wanted to give me some, so I could get an oil change for my car. Of course I bawled, that was so kind of them. Then pastor and I talked about the car, he asked when I had last had my oil changed, I told him I couldn't remember. I just knew the little sticker said I needed to at 123,000 miles, and I was at about 127 or 128,000. Then we just ended up talking about the car, telling him that it was a '96 Toyota Corolla, it was loud (he said they could hear me driving up to the church), it was low, hard to get in and out of, but definitely not the best for mom, because it's so low, and some other things. But I also said how thankful I was to have my little car, it gets me around, I don't have a car payment, it still runs. He just kept letting me talk, until finally his wife tells him he is taking too long, and she walks toward me holding a key, I backed away from her asking what she was doing, then bawled some more. They said they wanted me to have their 2005 Honda Accord because he was going straight to basic training and she already had their minivan that she would be traveling with. So the money he said was actually really to help me get the car registered under my name and for me to get plates. Talk about speechless!!! And emotional!! I'm still having a hard time believing it! So I didn't get home until after 2 Monday morning, and finally got in bed by about 3...too excited to sleep. Then yesterday mom went to the hospital about 7:30 at night, she was in the ER most of the night, I finally left her about 2:30 a.m. She was still in the ER, and was getting ready to go down for an MRI, so the nurse told me to just go ahead home. So, it's been a busy few days...again. But thankfully I got to join the party tonight! :)
I have so many favorite read aloud books, but Treasures of the Snow was read to me in 4th grade, by my favorite teacher! I fell in love with the book after she read it, then bought the book sometime after. I have had the book, and read it every year to my kids, and they all love it, too! And of course, Ron Clark is awesome, and I try to reread The Essential 55 every summer.
Well, I'm off to check out some others! :)