For the last 10 years, my husband and I have cut down our own Christmas tree at the same tree farm. The first time we went was the year 2000. We found this farm out in the middle of almost nowhere. It had beautiful trees, at an amazing price (they recently raised them to $20 from $15) and the drive out there is always nice.
On our original trip out in 2000, we were married about a year, no kids, renting a house, building a new one, and I was working at a job I was extremely unhappy at.
I will never forget the feeling as we drove out to the tree farm. It was a nice winter day, I was excited for our little day trip, excited about our new home that would be finished soon, but the stress and misery at my job just hung over my head and made it almost impossible to enjoy our outing. As much as I tried to tell myself not to think about my problem, it was still the only thing I could think about.
About 1 week later, things at this job came to a head. I came home just sick and in tears and told my husband I just can't go back. I have never EVER quit on the spot, but this circumstance was different. I asked my husband "can we live on less than half our current salary?" His response "we'll make it work. We will be fine." And we did and we are.
It was probably the absolute hardest thing I have ever done. But it was also the best decision I ever made. About one month later we found out we were expecting our first child. We soon moved into our new home and never looked back.
This year, on our tenth trip to the tree farm, we climbed around the hills of the farm with 2 of our 3 little girls (our little special needs sweetie stays home). Things have changed a lot since our initial trip.
Every single year, this tree signifies just how much my life has changed. With 3 kids, a cozy home in the country, being able to stay home as my little ones grow up so quickly - and now enjoying a wonderful new career in photography - I just couldn't be happier.
We hope to continue our annual trek to the tree farm for as many years as possible. We love the day, we absolutely love our tree and we love the memories we create for our little ones.
I hope you all have a wonderful and very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!