As I was packing away my lovely snowmen, I forgot that I wanted to share with you my favorite snowman!
Let’s back up to 2001. This is the first Christmas of our newly formed family: me, Tony and his son Joe and my daughter Hannah. We used to pass by this tree farm and decided that this year we would chop down our own tree – how cool is that?! That is until we asked how much they cost. They started at $65! A quick decision was made and we went to the VFW lot and got a perfectly good $19 tree!
So Tony chopped off the bottom of the tree stump before putting it in the tree stand. Joe picks up the stump, starts removing the bark and starts sanding it. I kept asking him, “what are you going to do with that?” To which he always replied: “I haven’t decided yet.” He sanded that thing for what seemed like days!
So Christmas morning, we are opening presents (youngest to oldest!) and Joe hands me a gift. I open it up and this is what I find:
He made a snowman out of it! It still brings tears to my eyes when I see it. Tony cut off the sleeve of an old shirt to make the hat.
So this is the first snowman I look for when decorating! Thanks again Joe! When you made this for me, I really felt accepted – it had to be hard having your Dad marry someone else, but you welcomed me the most with this gift! I love you!