I remember Mom telling us once we were older that this year (1986) we all had painted wood ornaments because it was a year of little. This ornament reminds me that God cared for and watched over us even in the lean years, when there were real struggles to put food on the table, when we had very little. It reminds me that, as Paul said in Philippians 4:12, I know what it is to be in need and what it is to have plenty, and I have learned to be content, whether living in plenty or in want. My parents taught me to trust God when times were tough, to rely on Him when it looked like there was no way—He would make one.
Hanging this ornament on my tree each year reminds me that God is faithful.