I live in Florida now, but at the time of this story I lived in a small farmhouse in a small town called Farmington in Illinois. This was my first experience with ANYTHING ghostly, and didn't believe in things like that... Until this.
One night in early December of 1995, my husband and I had been upstairs tucking my 2 year old in her bed (it was a very cold snowy night). Earlier in the day we had gone shopping and I had bought her a pink sparkly ball (the size of a basketball). While tucking her in, I had the thought that I needed to put the ball in the downstairs toy box because she was bad about getting up at night a playing with her toys. So I did just that. My husband and I watched a little TV and went to bed.
Somewhere around 3:15 am I woke up and had to use the bathroom. Now, that was very unlike me to awake in the night like that. Our bedroom was downstairs right at the base of the stairs leading up to my daughter's room, and the bathroom was right next to my bedroom, also at the base of the stairs. I went in and sat down without turning on the light or shutting the door.
Now the bathroom is facing the stairs head on (keep that in mind). So I am sitting there and just before I stand up I hear "Mommy!" I instantly look up and there, at the top of the stairs, is a girl. She looked to be about 10 or so. The best way I can describe the way she looked is that it was like looking at an old film. She was dressed with a dress and a white apron, her hair was in 2 braids that hung over her shoulders. Before I could even process what I was seeing, she said, "Catch!" and tossed something down the stairs at me. I immediately turned on the light just as it rolled and hit my foot. It was the pink ball I had put in the toy box before bed.
I walked very calmly back to bed thinking I had dreamed it. I didn't even look to see if she was still there. The next morning I got up and again went to the bathroom... And there was the pink sparkly ball still on the bathroom floor... I knew then I had NOT dreamed it. It was very real.
From that night on (even though I have moved to Florida) I STILL have experiences. Not with the same girl, but many many experiences. I never saw or heard anything like that again in that house. The experiences I have had since that night reach far beyond the slight eeriness of this story.