You’ve just won $1 billion dollars in the local lottery.
You do not have to pay tax on your winnings.
How will you spend the money?
really should not write on something like this! I suppose it can get our minds envying and coveting for things that will never happen and become such a letdown. I’ve only bought a lottery ticket two times – and no, I never won anything! But, had I? WOW! I know our first objective would be to be 100% debt free. That would be wonderful! No more mortgage payments! And our kids mortgages would get paid off. And our church mortgage would get paid off. Then, we’d probably want to get a different house – maybe have one built or get an old one with all the charm and character I miss from our former house and update it. Our current house would be given away to someone who needs it. My husband would get the truck he has dreamed of and I’d get some SUV or Suburban I’d love to drive. Our kids would have new vehicles too.
And then, we could finally sponsor children through Compassion International. Several of our kids and I have wanted to do this. Plus, we could visit – donate time and money to the orphanage our children are in! Through this we’d find even more, how spoiled and how much we take for granted.
I’ve had a heart’s desire for many years to have some kind of retreat for families who have gone through the death of a child. I know how sometimes families need to get away – have a change of scene, but it is not financially possible. To be able to do something like this once a year could help so many! To have a leader encourage a group who may have gone through something similar could be so uplifting.
Then for our family businesses, what my husband and I along with our children dream of wanting to do – we’d have to have something like a strip mall – and there you’d find a Small Engine Repair Shop, Auto Repair Shop, Cellular / X-Box / Media Games Repair Shop, a Coffee Shop with an art and photography gallery, a Christian Day Care, etc.
Then, because of all our daughter who has had 3 open heart surgeries has gone through, and the many months we had to fight to get her a CoaguChek XS System Plus 48 Strips Plus 50 Lancetsto test her INR – her blood thinning levels. She has been on Coumadin since she has been about 15 months old. She used to have to go to a blood lab at the hospital, several times a week. As soon as we’d pull into the parking lot, she’d start to cry. She was so little and it was hard to find her veins and get the right amount of blood. With the CoaguChek XS System all it requires is a fingertip drop of blood and results are given within a minute. It sure saves a lot of time and hassle and sure gives parents a peace of mind having one readily available, especially after a child gets hurt. It would be so wonderful to have a program available for families to get one.
And of course, I’d want more public awareness in schools and in parent’s hands regarding the choking game and other “games” kids play that can take their lives, like it did our son.
There’s vacations we’d want to do with our children we have never been able to do – and ones we’d want to take alone. I’d so love to go to Israel and walk where Jesus walked. My husband and I dream of going to Hawaii.