There are a few things I've hoped to do since Dave and I were first married --
1. Get a motor home and take our family traveling around the U.S. (done!).
2. Take my kids to New York when they graduate - eat at fun New York-ish places, see the Statue of Liberty, walk where our ancestors first stepped when they came to America, and see a real Broadway play.
3. Get a really nice camera, take some photography classes, and learn how to use Photoshop.
Well, it took us many years to save up for that motor home, and I'm SOOOOO glad we stuck with it.
We had to go without new cars, fancy furniture, and expensive clothes........ but it has been worth it.
Dave and I planned to take Akayla and Corina to New York this summer..... until we discovered I was pregnant. That trip is on the back burner for now. Maybe before Akayla goes on her mission we can try again!
The last thing on my list - a really nice camera - is something I've been saving for. I take a little from piano lesson money every month and set it aside.
But as much as I want a new camera, I found something more important to spend that money on....for now.
Akayla has been playing the violin since she was 5.
She is very talented, and has a great love for playing music.
The violin she has been playing on is a really good violin, but it is only a 3/4 size - she's a small person, but she really needed a full size instrument.
Because she was going to be applying (and playing) for music scholarships soon, and had decided to major in music in college we decided it was time to find a better violin for her.
Dave and I took her to a luthier (a person who repairs and builds string instruments) and let her play several violins.
She fell in love with a lovely instrument.
It fits perfectly in her arms, and sings out just for her.
Almost $7,000 later Akayla has a beautiful violin that has been such a joy for her to play on.
And it makes me so happy to hear her play.
Life is full of sacrifices, but sometimes those sacrifices turn out to be blessings that you didn't expect.
I may someday get my camera, and I may choose to put something more important in place before it.
Either way, I'm satisfied and feeling so blessed!
getting out of the house
experimenting with new things