This week I have had work to do. I occasionally, when needed, work for an estate appraiser– basically as girl Friday. I fix her computers, research (I know search-fu), help her clean out and organize, talk business ideas out, type up documents, etc). This week she has extra work so, so do I. In the past this work has bought us groceries gas many times this week that trend continued.This week has been a week of many blessings. Not big miraculous “we suddenly have all the money for everything” blessings but rather small “this and that God’s provision through many things” blessings. I feel strongly I need to be remembering to document these things each week, not just for my sake but also for others who are in similar boats (as well as for those who are nervous of our situation and fearing for us).
Also, earlier this week I found something a family member was looking for at the thrift shop, picked it up and delivered it, and was given slightly more than what I paid. This just happened to be exactly enough to cover the cost of the dress Rach needed for a piano recital at a nursing home (in a few weeks and for whch she had no appropriate outfit.)
In fact she found the perfect outfit. It looked beautiful on her, fit her perfectly (and when you are 5′ 9″ and still growing finding something that fits perfectly at the thrift shop can be a challenge), and was too perfect to not buy right then, even though money was tight. I hated to say no, had peace about buying it despite lack of funds, so said yes and God provided.
The cheese we all love was on sale for cheaper than Aldi at the store near work so I was able to bless our family with their favorite cheese when I stopped after work yesterday.
I also had enough cash on hand to pick up a few other things to supplement all the food we already have in the house thanks to last weeks blessings and to actually get some gas (been keeping it running on fumes for a few months now– $5 here, $5 there, so $20 in the tank was a huge deal).
A friend blessed Esther with a gift of cash for her new Paypal account (her “big” 13th birthday gift.) So Es is very excited to now have a way to buy things online, and to have money to do so.
Earlier this week the kids made donuts. Now the making of donuts doesn’t seem that much of a blessing except as a “wow, we have donuts” thing. Yet, God used it to allow us to bless others. Rach messed up doubling the recipe and ended up quadrupling some (which lead to a lovely math lesson and a LOT of donuts). So we shared. We called up family and invited them over for donuts. I took some to work for my friend’s family to share. All these people who have blessed us recently, we were finally able to bless them back, albeit in a small way. (Though I must say that this is my favorite donut recipe ever and this thing makes great donuts– since they are all donut lovers, they were pretty happy with the results.) We still have donuts in the freezer, waiting to be fried, which means donuts will continue in our future, which is also a blessing.
We have moved the kids downstairs and are cleaning out upstairs (warmer downstairs, good practice for living in tighter quarters as we likely will in the future, and lets us simplify the upcoming the move). The kids are handling it beautifully. In fact, despite a few setbacks thanks to all being introverted to certain levels, they have been spending more time watching movies together, and enjoying each other’s company. So that is a blessing.
We are moving the kids clothes downstairs next (into a closet in the bathroom) and God has provided that we have everything we need on hand to do that as well– including flooring for the closet (was just subfloor which was fine but not so nice.) So now the kids are excited about that as well (and I kind of get my family closet. Shamus and my closet is in our room but the kids will all share which will make putting clothes away so much nicer.)
Shamus has been blessed with so many games that there is no way he can play them all. In fact, we were just talking about how much he used to pay for video games– at least $60 a month, in order to review them and make comics from them. He quit buying them and suddenly he has so many more games. It is exciting to see God providing this thing that is so important to him.
Finally, our little bits of random income are coming through (end of the month after the quarter plus end of the month) so now we have money to finish paying up this months bills and possibly (with the money my dad has offered to help) put tires on the car. As discovered last week during a very little bit of snow– our tires are completely bald and a little bit of wet=skidding into a parking lot with brakes going into anti-lock mode. God is good and we were fine but that taught me not to drive in wet and to be super careful until we can get new tires. So praying that falls into place and we can get them soon, before the snow starts to fall regularly.
God continues to take care of us in many wonderful ways. We continue to not go without. It is exciting to see what will happen next. God is good.