“Remember,” she mumbles sleepily, “I just want to remember. Some people don’t have a bed, mom. I didn’t have a bed, mom. God gave me a bed. And I wanted to remember what it was like to not have one.”
My heart wept, remembering, that I have always had a bed. And I have complained about my bed. Have I ever even said thanks for a bed? But I have offered up complaints that it is too soft, or too big. And I only have slept on the floor or cold earth in fun. Honestly I can’t even imagine not having a bed.
We had the sweetest of prayer times that night, as each one of us could only think of the things for which we are thankful, around and around the prayer circle.
May we continue have our eyes opened, our senses awakened to the bountiful graces that surround us on every side, in every place.
A warm cozy bed
his warm feet snuggling my cold feet
Pink mountain in the morning
Sweet words of affection in the morning
In the summer we received word that the boy we sponsored through Compassion International since 1996 was graduating out of the program. In September we sponsored two new kids! This past week when we prayed for those precious children, I also began asking the Father if we could receive a letter soon.
And SATURDAY’s mail held not one, but two letters! What excitement as we opened them over dinner, read the sweet words and looked at the wonderful drawings.
Dinner was finished quickly and the girls went right to work in writing replies. Well, Mae is writing a reply, Chica and Petal Rose broke out the markers, colored pencils and glitter glue and went to work creating some art love.
We are excited to be starting this sponsorship adventure again. We’ve seen 3 kids go through the program and grow up already. I know that this is a wonderful opportunity to share with our 3 girls!
125. Letters to the tooth fairy, sharing the Gospel, and asking for a gift for a sister.
126. More rain. It’s been such a dry spring and summer, several days of rain have brightened this forest green.
127. Survivor games at the community pool. Total, complete FUN! What a great staff to plan and share summertime fun with the children. Lifeguards smiling bigger than the kids…wait, some of them are still kids.
128. Builder comes home Early one evening, to eat dinner, read 3 chapters, hug and pray and get to bed by 8.
129. An appointment with an optometrist is available, only 1 hour away, in the town we already had plans to travel to this Friday.
130. The kind gardener who sees the weeping girl in her mother’s arms, so sad from the story, and brings her a pot of flowers, showing the girl the clear difference between kindness (good) and pure meanness (evil). Eases the terrible grief in the face of seeing wickedness so real.
131. So many stories to read, to share, to think on…encouraging us on to faithfulness, kindness, love.
132. No more Amblyopia! Sweet girl does need glasses all the time now, but both eyes are working well, together.
133. Some terrific, wonderful, no bad, very good days.
134. Maids that work through the night (washer, dryer, crockpot)
On several recent mornings we rose early and headed out. On other days, as we return from grocery shopping, or mail checking (oh we do love to hear from loved ones), we take detours and end up home later, but oh so much richer.
Here are some of our delightful discoveries…
One morning we drove out to the big(ger) lake and as we drove up the dirt road, these horses came running to the fence. We’ll have to remember some carrots next time!The ponies near our home.
Petal Rose wasn’t quite sure at first, the sweet pony really stretched her neck out for that treat. No worries, Petal Rose enjoys getting right up there and stroking that soft face now.
We’d like to know “who” did this. So much to discover and investigate in this amazing place the Father has set us down in.
a ferrel cat, isn’t it pretty?!