I love free food. Ava and Nina and I met Gabe at Arby’s for lunch. I had coupons for 2 free Market Fresh toasted subs. I loooooove Italian subs. Because I’m Italian. Er, German. Amish. Something.
Our van is back! Gabe’s brother took it to Lima (Thanks, Tug!) last week, so his uncle could fix whatever was making the hideous noise under the hood. Gabe’s mom (Thanks, Janelle!) let us borrow her car. It was such a tight squeeze in the backseat that I had to fasten everybody’s seat belts myself (with Gabe’s help when he was around). I didn’t realize how good I had it with our mini-van. No breaking my back to put Nina in. No scrapes and bruises on my hands from trying to maneuver the girl’s seatbelts around their booster seats. It was a good reminder to appreciate what I’ve been given.
Kind of like my dishwasher. After 3+ years without one, I still thank God every time I load or unload it (I’ve had one for the past 14 months.) I know, some of you have gone 50+ years without one. You’re insane.
Janelle brought the van back to us last night and stayed for Livi’s soccer game. She won–it was fun. She scored a goal the other night too–I forgot to share. That was cool.
Don’t you love it when you find something very, very cheap that just has someone’s name written all over it? (sometimes literally) I have something like that in my possession and will be putting it in the mail asap for this special someone. Then I can share what it is after she’s pleasantly surprised.
I read something so sad last night that it had me in tears. And I even softly cried myself to sleep. Many of you probably know of John Piper–pastor, author, etc. I bought 3 of his books off his Desiring God site a few months ago when they were $5 apiece. I’ve been reading Don’t Waste Your Life because I really, really don’t want to waste my life.
Last Saturday, his daughter-in-law Molly (who was due with a baby girl the following day) became concerned because she hadn’t felt the baby move in 2 days. The doctor said that was fairly normal, but he’d do an ultrasound just in case. There was no heartbeat. They induced her and Felicity Margaret Piper was delivered on the day before her due date–already in heaven with Jesus. John wrote on his blog what he shared at her funeral. It’s so touching.
I just know that so, so many people will be affected by this little girl’s death. When they see her family still loving and praising God, they’re going to wonder why. And they’re going to turn to Jesus. I don’t claim to know why God uses tragedy to bring people to Him. But I do know that most of us don’t pay attention any other way.
I’ve been praying a lot lately that God will so strengthen my faith in Him that if a tragedy ever happens in my life, I will stand strong. I want to be so in love with Jesus that nothing moves me. Nothing. He is the only thing in this life that is guaranteed. All, ALL, of my eggs need to be in His basket. I’m ready for Heaven…
Tonight is the Annual Open House Celebration at our church. I invited my neighbor Olga, and I think she’s going to come. It’s so much fun–fire engine, petting zoo, hayrides, pumpkin painting, food, face painting, hay maze, music, games. Woohoo! And the weather is perfect–thank you, Jesus!
We’re having old/new friends over tomorrow morning. I went to college with Jim, and he and his wife Carrie (whom I haven’t met yet) need a web site. So, they’re bringing their 2 little girls over, and I’m going to play with 5 little cuties while Gabe, Jim and Carrie get some work done.
Then Gabe is going to an air show. Then we’re meeting his aunt, uncle, and some cousins who are in town for some food and fun at Dave and Buster’s.
I love fall. Have a great weekend, folks!