It only takes a moment to say thank you, but your
thoughtfulness will be remembered a long time. Thank you...
Almost Home is my “baby”as Arvid says. I have been running it for over a year,
and in that year I have grown very close to many of the tenants. So close that
many treat me like their daughter. Yes most of my tenants are older.
Yesterday as Arvid and I were taking my couple and their 2 kids
out to dinner, one of my tenants called me and she said, “Nadiya, can
you please come over a little today after you’re done with dinner.”
And yes, she said all was good, but she just wanted to see me.
After dinner we went to Almost Home. I knocked on her door and
she opened up and gave me a big hug. Yeah a hug that I reciprocated.
It was very nice. She then proceeded to give me a Christmas card. Those who
know me know that a card means more to me than any present would.
Needless to say I was really happy and touched. I opened the card and
saw that it was a card she had showed to me a few weeks ago. She
had asked me if I liked it. I said yes, and she proceeded to tell
me that it was for her daughter. When I saw what was in
the card I was speechless. It was signed by many of the
tenants. I was not expecting this at all.
The fact that there was also a gift card in the card was more than
I could have imagined. I did not want to accept it, but as
Miss Wynette said, “if you don’t you will hurt our feelings” I accepted,
but come next week it will be buying lunch for all of them.
My tenants work hard to make ends meet and many live on a fixed income.
For me the card will be cherished always, but I cannot and will
not accept nor take their money. Already planning on
what I will be buying for them with it.
I don’t know what I did in this life to have been blessed with
all the kindness and love I am surrounded with, but whatever it is,
I am so very grateful. We do not have our families by us right now,
but everyone at Almost Home has become family to me.
In Norway there is a tradition where Victoria and Michael visit
the cemetery of their grandfather, Arvid’s dad every 23rd of December.
This has been going on for years now. The best part is that they always
light a candle and leave a special message. In that special message I
am always included. It makes incredibly happy and I just have no
words to express my gratitude other than thank you, Thank you.
My Christmas is already special. I received my special goodie box
from parents. In it there are tons of stuff mom and dad always make
for us and some especially for the holidays. Took me back to
my childhood and of course missing home and my family.
Sometimes we forget that the true meaning of Christmas is not always
how much we can give, but it is how much we can give back. I have been given
more than money can ever buy. I have Arvid, Sniff a wonderful family,
good friends and a life that I can say is very satisfying because
I believe that in more ways than one Arvid and I have changed
the lives of so many here in Branson as they have ours.
May your hearts be filled with love and gratitude and may you
remember to never take anyone or anything for granted.
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life
is thank you, it will be enough...