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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

If I won the lottery

My mom and I like to talk about what we would do if we won the lottery.  It's a silly thing to talk about considering we don't play, but we have fun with it anyhow. 

This weekend the kids, Kyla (the teenager living with us for a bit), and I tagged along with David to a work conference he had in Vegas.  The only cost for the kids, Kyla, and I to go was what we ate in food, so hey, why not?!?!?  Anyhow, while we were there I got a really good look at how some people, who are blessed beyond comprehension with money, choose to spend it.  I have to say, I was very disappointed. 

Timothy Sykes, the guy putting on the conference, had a big blowout party one night for the guys attending his conference.  He hired a bunch of women to the party and mingle with the guys that were attending the conference.  He rented a huge studio, got tons of booze, and paid each of those women an insane amount of money to be there that night.  He spent $25,000 total.  That is more than half of the adoption fees we are trying to raise blown in one night!  

One day, David and I shared an elevator with a man that David called the $60 million dollar man.  I thought he was joking.  Nope, apparently the man had just sold his business for $60 million dollars!!  One of the nights he was in Vegas he went to a club and threw hundred dollar bills in the air so it would rain money on the people at the club.  He literally threw his money away!  I was teasing David and told him I should have asked the million dollar man for some adoption money. David says that our adoption will mean more because we will have to work for it. I'm pretty sure he's right ;). 
After seeing all this I started thinking about my mom and my conversations about what we would do if we won the lottery (though first we'd have to start playing ;)).  My story goes like this...

First I'd buy a big house (stop shaking your head, it's for a good reason, I swear ;)).  Next I'd adopt lots of kiddos to fill the house with.  I'd hire people to cook for me, people to clean for me, people to help me home school, and I'd spend my days playing on the floor with the kiddos, taking them places they have never been before, and loving on them.  David, of course, would be working his dream job, trading the stock market with his own money.  He'd be loving on the kids a lot too, though.  He's great at that.  Of course, we'd take some awesome vacations (with all the kids in tow) and I'd probably get a pedicure every now and then, but I like to think that we would use our money wisely and not just (literally) throw it away.

I know we will never win the lottery and we will never be millionaires, but I also know our life is amazing just the way it is and that we are blessed beyond measure.  We can't wait to bring home Ramya and include her in the next chapter of our story; one that will never include millions of dollars, but one that will always more amazing than any life money could buy!

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