Melinda Knebl of Holly, MI

Picture of winner's bracelet.

The story of my life begins in Howell Michigan. I was raised in a loving family which consists of my mom, dad, and little sister. After sibling fighting my little sister, Heather and I have become best friends we can always count on each other and wouldn’t know what to do with her in my life. (2485 Best Friend Puzzle) My most memorable childhood memory is each year we drove to Louisville Kentucky to visit my grandparents. We drove by a beautiful sunflower field and each year we would take a family photo in front of that sunflower field. (3303 Sunflower) Now there’s a collage of all the pictures above my parents fire place. Every year, as a tradition on thanksgiving, I go to my parents’ house and my little sister and dad go hunting and my mom and I cook Thanksgiving dinner. My favorite part is baking all the delicious desserts. (8342 Cupcake Pink) Because I think that desserts are the best part of any dinner. Throughout childhood and adult life my love and passion for animals can only get bigger and bigger each day. I donate to the ASPCA and the humane society each month. My husband and I also have 2 dogs and 2 cats who we love dearly. They know how to make you smile on your worst day of the week. (5663 Paws Print) Wintertime has always been my most favorite time a year. It’s just so beautiful to sit and sip hot cocoa while you’re watching it snow outside. (6543 Snowflake) Since I was a kid i have always insisted that on the first snow of the year, no matter what day of the week it was we would put up our Christmas tree. (2361 Christmas Tree) My little sister and I would have so much fun making the Christmas tree as gaudy as our parents would let us. Three years ago I was in a horrific car accident. It was in December, I had hit a patch of black ice on the expressway and rolled my jeep 6 times and landed on a guardrail. Luckily I wasn’t too badly injured it could have been much worse. With all the care I received in the hospital I decided for a career i want work in the medical field and help people in need. In the beginning of nursing school i found out that I couldn’t handle all the blood and other things that happen in a hospital. So shadowed in a dental office and that was exactly what i wanted to start a career in. Now I am a dental assistant and I absolutely love my job, which brings me to my next charm (5330 Dental Assistant). I found the love of my life working my way through college at a Mexican restaurant. After dating for 3 years my husband, Jesse and i got married June 17th, 2011. (8365 Heart with key 3D) We are complete opposites but we even each other out. I make him stop and smell the flowers and he makes me a little stronger. Growing up my family and I didn’t travel a lot they always felt bad but my sister and i understood that they worked hard for everything they gave to us. Now I’m very fortunate to be able to travel with my husband and his company. Every year they take an annual work trip and this year in May we went on our first cruise. It was a seven-day cruise it was the most beautiful ship I had ever seen. On the last day we were on our bed looking out the window and I was talking to my mom on the phone, the most amazing thing happened we saw 4 dolphins swimming in the water! (3568 Two Dolphins) It was so magical and will always be remembered. Within the next year my husband and I would love to have children. So my last charm would be the (0808 Tree of Life) to symbolize us growing together and having new memories as a family and of course including both of our parents. That’s the story of my life so far. I still have many more charms I would love to add to my life but I still have a lot of memories to happen. Thank you for taking the time to read the story of my life I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed writing it and sharing with my husband and family Thank you again!

Melinda Knebl
Holly, MI
Story of My Life Winner
September, 2012

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