It was a beautiful sunny day for a drive into the cities. I went the windy way through the countryside, past our old neighborhood. Memories had been triggered on Saturday when a gal came into the shop who used to babysit our friend's children (from our old neighborhood). I had never met her before, but it sure was fun to reminisce.
We had a big old house for those four years. We were very "house poor" due to medical bills from Ethan's birth and surgery. On top of which, my d.h. quit his job to go into business for himself, and business was scarce. So we struggled those years. My friend used to come over on her lawnmower to help me mow the lawn. I usually push-mowed an acre. She had to drive her riding lawn mower at least a mile to help me. I was so humbled and grateful for her act of kindness.
She also would bring me bags of fruit from her grocery shopping trips.
I had another friend who would pass on clothes for Kayla. When I think back to that time, I am so grateful for how the Lord sustained us. And as hard as it was having "more month than money" as my husband used to say...we have such fond memories from that time.
Though we were over an hour from relatives, God graciously gave us a babysitter next door who always insisted on doing it for free. Not that we ever went out alot, but when I went into labor with Ethan, and Dale worked an hour away, she came and her mom took me into the hospital.
My car broke down during that time too. We couldn't afford another. The Lord provided a friend who used to pick me up on Tues. once a month for M.O.P.S. so I could get out with other moms.
How I treasure those memories. I will never forget the strain we felt having so little money, but now the joys outweigh the difficulty of that time.
Today I splurged on myself. I have been saving for 6 months for a laptop. I finally had enough to go out and get one. Oh, how richly the Lord has blessed us! Jehovah Jireh, our provider...Whether it is financially or with provision through His servants, it makes my heart humbly grateful!