A woman finds a Christmas ball at a flea market, accidentally breaks it and sees a card with an address

A poor woman discovers a strange Christmas ball at a flea market and decides to buy it. However, when she puts it on the Christmas tree when she gets home, the ball falls to the ground and breaks, revealing a note inside.

Abbie strolled slowly along the rows of stalls, admiring the pretty Christmas decorations that adorned the flea market in Atlanta, Georgia. Her husband Nicholas had invited her brother’s family over to their house for Christmas Eve, but since their family didn’t have much money that month, Abbie had to go to the flea market to do some Christmas shopping.

As Abbie walked through some stalls, her gaze was caught by a strange Christmas bauble on a lonely kiosk in the corner. He was old, but nice to look at and it was within his budget, so he bought it before anyone else.

Coming home from the flea market, Abbie decided to hang the ball she had bought from the Christmas tree. But suddenly he fell and opened, revealing a note inside.

“Honey, can you come here please?” she asked her husband Nicholas, taking the piece of paper and looking at it intently. There was an address with the coordinates and a short message: “Follow the coordinates and you will find the treasure”.

“Yes, what’s up, honey?” Nicholas asked as he returned from the living room, where he arranged the lights and other decorations.

“I found this inside the Christmas bauble I bought at the flea market today,” explained Abbie, showing the card with the address and message to her husband. “It looks like some kind of treasure hunt game.”

“It’s a hidden treasure map, Abbie! Do you see those coordinates? We can find the exact location of the treasure using them. It could prove lucky for us. What if we find gold jewelry?”

Abbie was hanging ball from tree when she fell to the ground and split open | Photo: Pexel

“But honey, we have a lot of work ahead of us. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve.”

“Look, just imagine if we get the treasure. We won’t have to worry about our bills. And we can find a better hospital for your care.

Abbie was not impressed with Nicholas’ enthusiasm for finding the treasure. But she recalled that they struggled to make ends meet, month after month.

In fact, Nicholas owned a small troubled grocery store, while Abbie worked as a maid in a motel. They had been trying to conceive for nearly two years, but the treatment was expensive and they decided to suspend family planning until they found the necessary means.

Maybe it was God’s way of putting an end to our problemsthought Abbie. “Okay, honey, let’s go. But I hope it’s worth it.”

Abbie and Nicholas studied the city map to find the coordinates | Photo: Pexel

Abbie and Nicholas sat down that night, pulled out their city map and studied it. A few hours later, they discovered that the coordinates were only a few kilometers from the address they had discovered in the ball.

Abbie finished her New Year’s Eve preparations early the next day and left the house in the afternoon, expecting to return before Nicholas’ brother arrived. However, due to the traffic, the sun had already started to set when they arrived on the spot.

It was getting dark and, due to the snow on the roads, they had to stop a few kilometers before the address and walk there.

“This is the place,” Nicholas said as they stopped at an old abandoned house.

“But what about the coordinates?” Abbie asked. “Are we still far?”

“It’s not that far, honey. All we have to do is walk 20 steps from the house to the end of a driveway where we will find a park, which is exactly where the treasure should be found according to the coordinates.”

Abbie took a deep breath and followed Nicholas, hoping their search would not be in vain.

Abbie and Nicholas stopped in an abandoned cabin | Photo: Pexel

About 10 minutes later they reached an old oak tree in the center of the park. The whole area around it was eerily quiet and no one seemed to be in sight.

Thinking that the treasure was buried somewhere around the tree, they began digging and discovered a series of toy soldiers inside the hole they dug. “What is this? Is that why we traveled so far?” Abbie sighed. “I should have arrested you, Nicholas! I had a feeling it wasn’t a good idea.”

“But honey …” Before Nicholas could say anything, a voice from behind interrupted him.

“I never imagined anyone would find him. But it seems I was wrong.”

The voice caught Nicholas and Abbie’s attention, then suddenly they saw a frail woman emerge from one end of the park. “My name is Paisley Morgan,” she introduced herself. “I’m quite surprised how you found the treasure.”

“A treasure ?! Sure, madam!” Nicola frowned. “My wife is right. We shouldn’t have followed that damn address inside the Christmas ball. It’s Christmas Eve, and look what we just found out!”

“Calm down, honey. It’s rude,” Abbie said softly to Nicholas. “I apologize for my husband’s behavior, ma’am. He didn’t mean to offend you.”

“What are you apologizing for, Abbie? That lady is crazy! She hid stupid toy soldiers thinking they were a treasure. They are just WASTE.”

The treasure was a set of toy soldiers | Photo: Pexel

Nicola was furious. He grabbed Abbie’s hand and prepared to leave, but the older woman said something that made them stop in their path.

“ONE MAN’S WASTE MAY BE ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE! The toy soldiers you see were a Christmas present for my nephew. Unfortunately, he never received them.”

Nicholas and Abbie slowly turned to find Paisley in tears.

“We’re so sorry, ma’am,” said Abbie. “We didn’t want to …”

“It’s okay. I don’t blame you, but I don’t judge anything without knowing the whole story. Anyway, you should go. It’s Christmas Eve and your family is waiting for you.”

Abbie apologized to Paisley again and motioned for Nicholas to leave, as it was getting late. But Nicholas remained firmly in his place, tears streaming down his cheeks.

When Nicholas was a child, he spent most of his time with his grandmother, as his parents were killed in a car accident. He missed her terribly when she died. Seeing this woman who longed for her granddaughter, all her childhood memories of her flashed before her eyes.

Paisley’s Story Left Abbie and Nicholas in Tears | Photo: Pexel

He then apologized to Paisley for her rude behavior and held her hand in his. “I’m so sorry for what happened earlier. I didn’t know it was for your grandson.”

Paisley smiled faintly as she wiped the tears from her cheeks. “If Riley were here today, she would be just like you. She He liked to confuse me …” the older woman said and told them the whole story.

It turns out that just a year ago, Riley’s parents had prepared a surprise for him and left him notes inside the Christmas decorations for him to find his Christmas present. The boy loved geography, so his parents had planned the entire treasure hunt for him, leaving little clues like the address of the abandoned hut.

But unfortunately, his parents were returning from the market on Christmas Eve when they had an accident and died instantly. Riley, who was only ten at the time, was admitted to an orphanage as Paisley, who lived with Riley and her parents, was considered by the court unfit to care for her granddaughter.

When they took Riley away, Paisley felt very lonely. One day, while she was cleaning their house, she sold some of their old stuff, and that’s how the Christmas dance with the word ended up at the flea market.

Paisley joined Nicholas and Abbie on Christmas Eve | Photo: Pexel

When Nicholas and Abbie heard the Paisley story, they burst into tears. Nicholas asked Paisley for the address and name of the orphanage where Riley was staying and decided to adopt him. Abbie is also happy with this decision, as she has always wanted to be a mother.

Later that evening, Paisley joined Nicholas and Abbie for dinner at their home. Nicholas’ brother was also there and they all enjoyed talking about how they discovered a “treasure” through the Christmas ball that Abbie had bought at the flea market.

The next day, Nicholas, Paisley and Abbie went to Riley’s orphanage and began the adoption process. A month later, when the adoption was finalized, Riley and Paisley joined Nicholas and Abbie. They have since grown into one big family and their lives have changed.

What can we learn from this story?

  • Someone’s garbage is someone else’s gold. Nicholas thought the toy soldiers were useless, but Paisley liked them because they had sentimental value to her.
  • miracles exist. Having a loving family again has been a miracle for Riley and Paisley. It’s all thanks to Nicholas and Abbie, who made it possible by adopting Riley and asking Paisley to move in with them. They are now one big happy family.

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