Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Blessings

You know those times in your life when you think...."What else can we pile on top of this already heavy load we are carrying"??? Well, that's what was going on this weekend. As I have mentioned before, we have had some pretty significant financial obligations lately. It's been so tight....there hasn't been one extra penny to spend. You can imagine how my heart sank when I realized that our washing machine was a goner! There was NO way we could afford to go buy a new washing machine. Makenzie suggested we look on Craig's List to see what was being offered. I found one...for $50. Thinking that even $50 would be stretching us beyond our limits, I decided to inquire about it anyway. Saturday afternoon, Makenzie, Justin and I went to look at this washing machine. The man selling it greeted us with, "I have good news and bad news". The good news was that it was still there but the bad news was that he didn't think it worked. Apparently, someone else had come by to look at it and they couldn't get it to work. But, he told us, we could have it for free. I was certainly not going to take a non-working washing machine home, but we decided to have a look at it anyway. The washer had come with the house that this guy had recently aquired at an auction. This man just wanted it out. Anyway, Justin kept fiddling around with it and it started to work! The guy suddenly changed his free offer to $20 but we took it home anyway. After an evening of fussing with it, we now have a functioning washing machine!!!! I am so grateful for small miracles. This weekend, Ragan had club volleyball try-outs. She was a little nervous about it but went with the attitude, "I'm going to show them what I've got!" She earned a position on the highest team for her age group! We are so proud of her. However, we did not realize that the first months dues were required at this try-out. We simply didn't have the money. Our sweet daughter Makenzie stepped up and offered to pay it. (of course we will be paying her back!) I am so thankful for hard working daughters and the blessings they can receive because of their hard work. This is silly, but to me, it was a small little blessing. I woke up Saturday morning and I felt COLD! I seriously have not been cold in two years! I know it sounds silly, but there have been times since moving to Arizona that I felt like I might spontaneously combust. I was able to put on a big snugly sweatshirt and hunker down at the sewing machine. It really rejuvenated my creative flow! YAY! I was able to get 3 quilt tops sewn this weekend. It felt great! Well, I am off to finish up the final preparations for our preschool Thanksgiving Feast today. I am so excited...it is one of my favorite days of the year. The kids dress up as pilgrims or Indians. We eat a menu of things that they would have eaten on that very first Thanksgiving. I will be sure to post some pictures of the sweet little kiddos! Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!

8 comments:

Julie said...

So nice to have little miracles in our lives!! You were blessed. I have learned that somehow everything always works out(just as President Hinckely always said). Have a great time with the preschoolers--sounds fun. I am subbing today in a fifth grade class and we are making butter, clay pots, and corn muffins--should be an adventure. take care. Julie

Kath said...

Hi Jo-Anne...

I'm glad everything worked out for ya...it always does, maybe not how we "want" it to...BUT... We'll always get just what we NEED...when we need it! ;) That's how HE works!

Have Blessed & Happy Thanksgiving!

hugs-Kath

Linda said...

Yeah for those blessings! Sometimes it is hard to find things to be thankful for and I am glad those came your way.

Happy Thanksgiving to the Carter family.

Atkins Family said...

The Lords hands can reach out to us in so many ways. It is always amazing how somethings manage to work out.
Lisa

familywithfivekids said...

My thoughts have been with you lately often. You are such an amazing woman. I appreciated hearing these stories - I've been pondering on my own blessings too lately...Take care.

erica e said...

thanks for sharing these small miracles/ blessings/ tender mercies/ call them whatever you want/ good things. this is a great week to count blessings- big and small. and i always like to hear about other people's blessings too. happy thanksgiving!

Gail said...

I think it is great that you have taught your children so well. Hope all works out well and things get better soon.

Andrea said...

'tender mercies' are abundant!