God’s Provision

Table, Chairs, and a Hutch


We went for almost two years without chairs for our eating table. A few chairs came and went during that time, some of them broke because the kids have this incessant desire to rock on them, and others were on their last legs when they got here. We didn’t have the extra money to purchase anything really solid (aka unbreakable) so we did without. Picnic time (okay, not really).

Fast forward to last fall when my Nana went into the hospital and then went into a care home after that, which left my mom and my aunt the task of cleaning out her apartment.  This was not an easy task for them and they learned a lot about the private life of my nana and papa (who passed several years ago).

I was blessed to received many little tidbits from my Nana’s apartment including a Bible, a sewing kit, some special linens, other odds and ends. Can you imagine my excitement when I discovered that I was going to receive her beautiful dining table and chairs and the hutch that goes with them? The table was not as big as the one that we already have, so it is in storage, but now we have chairs for everyone and a hutch to put more stuff in (our place is tiny, so more storage is a good thing).

While I am sad that my Nana is aging and had to move in a home, I am overjoyed that God saw fit to bless us with her wonderful dining room suite (and yes, it is sturdy).

Cribs, Mattresses, and New Beds

Did I tell you the story of the twins and the crib incident? I have to tell you that story in order to tell you the story about God’s provision for our new (to us) bed.

One afternoon we went into the twins’ bedroom and they had pulled enough foam out of their mattresses to make them unusable. Somehow they had pulled off their sheets and picked away at the plastic to make a hole and then just started ripping out the stuffing. I am sure they worked together and encouraged each other in this endeavor.

We dismantled the cribs and put them on our local freecycle and the mattresses went into the trash. They were gone almost immediately, but the twins still needed something to sleep on. We have a few random mattresses stacked in the basement (don’t ask) and we pulled up a single bed mattress and box-spring for them to share. We put a sheet on it and got it ready for them.

The first few nights were pretty hard. I was anticipating cribs until they were three (guess not!). Nap times were even harder. We had to take their dresser out of their room because they pulled everything out of it during nap time. Pulling their dresser out meant no more music and no more night light, which meant more adjustment.

Around the same time as the crib incident, one of our neighbor’s asked my husband if we needed a king size bed. (um, hello, yes!) I had been wanting one of those since the twins were born (okay, since I was pregnant with the twins!). It’s a long story, but we ended up with the king size bed in our room and the twins got our queen size bed in their room.

Let me just say that it is a lot easier to nurse the twins in bed, at night, with a king size bed. We are sleeping a bit more now as the babies are adjusting to their new bed (with the exception of the all night nursing session the other night when Zion woke with a fever).

The twins have even adjusted to nap times in their new big bed (except for when they are sick with coughs, like today). They are pretty normal 2 year olds though and don’t really like stopping their day to go to bed and have a rest.

The king size bed even came with a pretty pink sheet (which we washed of course). One more fun piece to this is a little bit before we heard we were getting the king size bed, my mom gave me her fancy quilt and pillowcases for a king size bed. Now, I just have to remember where I put them.

So, that is the story of our new king size bed.  Isn’t God cool!

What miracles are happening in your life right now?

My God is so Big


I have so much to share with everyone this week, but the first thing that I wanted to make sure you knew was that God is a great provider.

On Saturday afternoon, I was nursing the twins and getting ready to put them down for a nap when someone knocked at the door. My husband went to answer it and all I heard from upstairs was that something was heavy was coming into the house. My first thought was that maybe my homeschool materials had arrived early, but I soon discovered that we had a mini miracle (okay, huge miracle).

A family friend was at the door and he was dropping off a couch and a love seat that he had purchased at a garage sale for $20.00. Apparently, our phone was dead because he had tried to call.

Our previous couch was used and wearing out (this is an understatement) and needed to be replaced. Our new couch is beautiful and looks so awesome!

Jonah moved our old couch out into the backyard (where the kids are enjoying it until he takes it apart and puts it into the bin).

My husband wrangled a neighbor to help move in the couch and it would NOT fit through the front door. My husband and this neighbor struggled for a very long time turning it this way and that way. They tried everything. My husband measured the back door and it was the same  as the front door.

The twins were in their room trying to sleep (it never happened), the kids were running in and out of the house and up and down the stairs, and my husband and this neighbor are hot and tired from maneuverering the couch.

They finally removed the legs and squeezed it in through the sliding door in the back, we needed to move in the love seat  that came with it (which was still sitting out in the front yard.

I was able to nab two unsuspecting local teens to help move the love seat and that was squeezed through the back door also.

When all the furniture was in the house,  then came the job of rearranging our living room to make it fit. It took some thinking, planning, and lots of rearranging to make it work, but I am really happy with the end result.

My husband and I were discussing the new furniture and I remembered my mom saying just a couple days before that we needed to pray for a couch. God works fast. We are very thankful that God provided for our needs.

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