Wow I don't even know where to even start with this! I have always said I would love to win just enough to pay some bills. You know the usual stuff pay off my house, get Joe and I each new cars, have a nice vacation, bank some and help my parents a little bit. I didn't need to be able to quit my job I was ok working.
BUT IF I were to win the big time lottery there is so many things that come to mind for me. I have to say as much as I love the people I work with I would quit my job. I feel like I miss out on so much of Noah's life working. I know it is something I have to do and I do it, but if I didn't have to I wouldn't.
The very first thing I would do is pay our adoption loan off. It would so great to have that off our shoulders. I can't express how much I want to adopt a sibling for Noah and having the money would make it possible. But money cannot change 1 big factor age. So just paying the loan off would be at the top of the list. I would get more involved with adoptive family groups and birth families. To show them both how amazing adoption can be if you work together.
Noah's college would be taken care of hands down. He will have the opportunity to go to college no matter what, he has a fund started now. But it would not be a worry with loans left to take of for him or us to pay on the rest of our lives. I tell Noah to dream big that he can be anything he wants to be, and he can. But having the money to do it would make it so much easier.
I also love my neighbors and the street we live on. It is so quiet and most everyone gets along, BUT I would LOVE to live in the county in a 1 story house, not a 3 story one in the middle of town. I would love a piece of property big enough to have to strain to see my neighbors house. For Noah to have a nice play area now with a juggle gym. Then when he gets older a yard big enough to play football in with his friends. It would have a pool for those hot humid summers. The most amazing outdoor patio area with a fireplace for us to be able to have all our friends and family over for parties.
I would buy myself that new Chevy Tahoe I have been dreaming of since we had one when we were in Vegas as a rental. It was comfy and had lots of space for Noah's friends, or sports equipment. I would get Joe a new car too. He definitely deserves one he has sacrificed so I could always get the one I wanted. I don't need a big fancy sports car that you can't drive 4 or 5 months out of the year here in PA, something practical and useful.
I can't say I would buy my parents a new house because I am pretty sure they love the one they live in, but if they wanted I would do that for them. I can't say I would pay it off because it already is. I would however buy them that new camper they want. My parents love to camp and go often so having a new camper would be great for them. I would also pay off their truck. I would get my dad that Harley he really wants too. I want my parents to enjoy retirement and travel. My parents have worked so hard to give my brother and I a great life and now they do the same with their grandchildren. I want them to be able to retire and enjoy the kids while they can. Life is short and you are never given tomorrow and I want them to enjoy today. I would even help my brother to get a few things that I know he and his family would enjoy.
Lastly I would travel, travel, travel. I have always dreamed of seeing places you only get to see in pictures or even movies. Places that seem so amazing they don't seem real but you know they are. Places like the city of love. To stand under the Eiffel tower in the rain and fall in love all over again. To be able to sit at the sidewalk cafes and enjoy lunch and the local culture. To enjoy some of the best shopping in the world. I think I would have to travel there for at least every season to experience it at it's best. I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Paris.
Or Venice Italy and take a Gondola ride and see all the amazing building and lights.
To go to a place where the sand is so white and the water is so blue you just know it can't be for real and true. The ocean is the 1 place my soul is at complete peace. Where my heart is so happy and my mind is at rest. To me the beach is the closest thing to heaven on this earth. I can't explain the calming effect it has on me. I have to say that I would spring for the beach house big enough for my entire family to enjoy together. Family is everything and spending time with them is the most important thing. So to have a place we can all come together and enjoy it would be priceless and what better place than the beach.
I wouldn't spend all our money our course, if we win the amount that I need to do all the above, there would be plenty left over. I would invest alot to so Joe & I would be ok for the rest of our life. And also so Noah and his future family would be ok. It might not be enough that he would never have to work, because I do think he needs to do that in life. But enough he and his wife and children can go on vacations and have nice things too.
Yea I guess I dream big, maybe to big at times. But look at what happened last time I dreamed big. You can't get any more amazing that that smile!
I know all this is based on winning ALOT of money and that is possible, for someone who plays the lottery. However I do not, so these really are nothing but dreams. But a girl can still dream right!?