Monday, March 14, 2011
These little chickadees aren’t so smiley because they’re heading south for the little bit of winter that’s left (though a nice tropical vacay would never be a bad idea!). God has blessed us immensely with not only a baby but also a new SUV with three rows of seats to tote around three (and hopefully more!) children, as well as a new house! (Again, to contain, um, “nurture”, many children!)
After we found out that we were expecting a third baby, we put a contingent deposit down on another new construction home just a few minutes away. Unlike the last time we sold our house, we were amazingly blessed with an excellent realtor who not only is super great at her job but really cares about her clients. We were hooked up with a wonderful new mortgage person and an incredibly sweet and helpful homebuilder representative. God’s provision wasn’t only evident in our home being on the market for just two months this time, but His goodness has been shining in all of the people we’ve been blessed to work with as His plans for our family took shape.
We are moving from a 1056 square foot new construction townhome to another new construction one that’s double that plus more including a super big basement…Eagles football room, say what? (That’s all the husband needed!)
What did I need? Storage space (no basement right now!) and room for my kiddos to run around to their little energetic hearts’ bliss – and not give me 5,000 daily heart palpitations as they almost knock their heads into tables and other pointy things that homes only seem to have so many of when little craniums are involved. Somehow, though, I think that their cabezas will still pick up the gravitational pull of side table corners no matter how much space they have. (You can see them practicing their sprints in the new house’s family room in the picture above)
The garage steps during our pre-settlement walk-through and a precursor of what’s – who’s! – to come. I especially like how the girls’ shoes are all piled on top of their daddy’s. I think we can all see who runs the show!
After visiting our new house last week and walking through it with a construction representative in preparation for our settlement on April 1 (hooray!), it was a must that we stop at Starbucks for their free cake pop with a beverage purpose. Tiramisu, yum!
Shh…just don’t mention this to Dunkin!
Later on that day I found Alice (and then Rose) helping one of her baby dolls heal from a rash (note to self: don’t leave Vasoline on a low table…well, it is creative play, so maybe…)
After a day of feeling God’s provision, love and faithfulness all around us and reflecting on just how far He’s brought us as a family and how much more we can serve Him, we gave thanks around a delicious pierogie casserole.
An awesome God, incredible family, wonderful friends and happy, full bellies (this lady’s with more than just food) = gratitude. I’ve been through rough times with houses in the future – this is our third one that we’ve owned, and each has been a big step up from the last thanks to Jesus – and I just felt that the Lord laid it upon my heart to share our joy and our thankfulness in His provision by emphasizing in this post that it was not anything earthly that sold our house, gave us our new one or that will make it a home for our family. Ed and I have always raised our family operating on the belief that God will take care of our financial, personal and physical needs if we allow Him to. Is it easy? No, of course not! But is it terribly difficulty? No way. God continues to lovingly refine our hearts so that we want His Kingdom and His desires instead of this world’s fleeting, shiny, showy “stuff”. God has provided for us again and again, and I pray that He is the realtor in your corner, the backer of your finances, and the neighbor right next door.
Heck (‘scuse me!), I pray that God is the house you were living in. Physical walls not required.
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)