Some were negotiated in and out each year, depending on how she felt. However, there were some non-negotiable ones.
Kristen and her husband Mike had purchased ornaments for every special occasion in their lives:
* There was the one that celebrated their first year of marriage.
* A baby ornament was added when their first born, Beckett, came along.
* Two more joined the first one with the arrivals of sons, Tayven and Lincoln.
* One other ornament had sentimental value, not because it commemorated anything special but because of its unique resiliency. It was a white, wooden rocking horse.
Kristen would put the rocking horse on her tree each year, and sometime during the Christmas season it would invariably get knocked off and break. Year after year the pattern was repeated.
The rocking horse was glued back together “a million times” according to Mike’s calculations.
The resiliency of the rocking horse matched Kristen’s own resiliency.
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