Despite the worrisome news regarding the purchase of our new home, (and the prospect of loosing quite a bit of money that has been pre-paid for various fees, inspections, etc. - you know 1 1/2 yr. ago we lost a bit on a previous home purchase when we discovered the owners had an IRS lean on the property and were not legally capable of selling at that time .... GRRRR!) I think it is important to acknowledge the lovely blessings the Lord has poured upon me this week.
My first blessing came when we decided to let OG & EJ attend vacation Bible school at the church we've been attending while in our temporary home. OG & EJ have been involved in church their entire lives, but this week's VBS was first for them. It just seems as if we've always had something else scheduled or planned when VBS time rolled around, thus negating their involvement. VBS actually provided several blessings for our family - God really knows how to get a 2 for 1 out of His blessings!
Since OG is now 12 and about to enter 7th grade, (did I just type 7th grade? I ask, yet again, where have the years gone?) she had the privilege of working as a helper. She LOVED it !! AAANND, I enjoyed all the nice compliments and positive feedback she received - it has been a terrific boost to her self perception. Being so far away from her friends in S.E. Texas, and still apprehensive about making friends here because we are planning to move very soon, this opportunity has been wonderful for her.
VBS provided EJ with a very constructive and active routine. He is the "poster child" of little boys and the busier we can keep him the better every one's day. There were far more boys in his age group than girls. Another blessing. For some reason, we are the parents of 4 boys and 1 little girl, yet the majority of our friends and acquaintances have always had daughters OR if they do have boys there seems to always be a HUGE age gap in their ages. EJ had such a terrific time playing, learning, crafting, singing & dancing with lots of other boys his age. It was such a joy to see how excited he was to attend VBS.
I was blessed by a unique situation through VBS. I did not volunteer. I did not attend. I dropped OG & EJ off @ 8:30 am and picked them up at 12:20 pm everyday. Since Mr.B and my dad were at work, I then came home to quiet. The living room box was not blaring non-stop bla, bla, bla. No one knocked on the door while I was in the bath. I didn't have to stop in the midst of painting my toenails to get fetch anything. I opened a box of zingers and didn't have to share my little cupcake! I made lunches and no one said, "What are you making? Oh, I don't like that." I got to meditate on the Lord without anyone interrupting ... Until this week, I've never had daytime hours that did not belong to others. Prior to becoming a stay at home mom, my mornings were spent rushing the boys off to pubic school and me racing into work. When I left the workforce and came home full-time, I had a newborn, a toddler and a Jr. high homeschooler. VBS provided me with a blissful break. I am so thankful the Lord gave me this gift, this memory is one I am sure I will cherish for quite some time.
The crescendo of blessings this week culminated in meeting a fellow blogger - in person!!!! Mrs. SP and her beautiful children met us at one of our local parks yesterday. I had an incredibly wonderful visit with her! I am so excited about getting to know this sweet sister in Christ better. Long story short, I began reading her blog, Oh, I guess a little more than a year ago??, and through reading a few of her post, I began wondering if she lived close to where Mr.B and I had been trying to move. I inquired, she e-mailed and Yes! she did. So, since we are now moved to the area, earlier this week she and I made plans to meet each other in person. She was friendly and welcoming and her children were precious and lovely. I look forward to seeing her and her family again, very soon.
Regardless of how our housing situation turns out, I must remember and focus on the abundant blessings the Lord has showered upon me this week. He reminded me of how much He loves me. He reminded me of how important I am to Him. I am so grateful He chose this particular week to shower me with love. (insert: deep breath and sigh).