Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thankful Thursday

 There are several things that have been on our list of  "one day..."
One day came to hand today.
After a long year and a half of wishing , waiting for a garden sink one showed up on a search performed on Creigs list for an extra hose.

We arrived with excitement to be welcomed at the door step of a home with a little wheelchair ramp.
Opening the door was Eric.
Eric's 4 year old son Darrick was eating a sandwich in his tiny wheelchair.

Eric and his family are being transferred to Texas leaving this Saturday to get her set up in her new job. He and the child will return in a week to finish packing up the house that the movers will charge by the pound to move.

I was taken to the back yard and told to help myself to any thing that might be of benefit to us.
 He also a gardener had the heart of one. His garden still in the late days of summer bore a few fruits and massive sunflowers set to seed for the birds.

this is the sink I went to fetch for $50.
It was also to be including the extra hoses.

The base of sink is to the right those are the hoses to the left.
Now look at the quality of those hoses.

My kids lovingly played with Derrick for they have been raised around special needs kids and taught to be at ease with wheel chairs. As Dash sat on the floor with this child and played we were shown this mans wonderful aquariums and the many beautiful fish stands. Shown empathy at his relocation he was of semi good spirits. We all enjoyed each other. He a wood worker and I a former student of woodworking found great joy in the beauty of the kitchen items he so humbly showed me that he had made for his wife. We were speaking of his turtles that he had given or sold within the days surrounding this shift in residency. He added he had one other and showed us the little aquarium.We spoke of other things he might be selling. When he showed us the turtle and there was a deep freezer in the room. He then opened it.

"could you make use of a large pork shoulder" he asked. 
"I got them on special, to make tamolies out of."

I am waiting with supplies in pantry to take a day to learn how to make tamolies to freeze, no joke!

"Oh what about a turkey? Could you make use of it" he asked

Now remember my freezer was running low.
I just inventoried it Monday and was using up the last of the meat.
I had grabbed $60. cash for I only had 20.'s, on the way I remembered I had a $10. in my wallet so I placed the $10. in my pocket too. I asked him if I could share the extra $20 with him for he had been so very generous. 
He teared back with appreciation.

As readers you are so often a 'fly on the wall' as it were.
so get this...
"Lord I really am bummed my tomatoes did so poorly" say I.
"wish I had some..."
"I sure miss my basil" thought I just the day before yesterday when I was at a store selling small plants.

Wow how cool it was last week when I found a few onions left in the garden...
"while digging them up " I wish I had more of these"

Two weeks ago "Mom I wish I could have a gold fish", well I told Dash when we can we will look into getting on for you. I think your ready I told him. "we don't have a bowl for it". Thinking thrift store soon to get on. Must remember.
Eric gave Dash the bowl with gravel, gold fish, NEW can of food and the net.

"pull and harvest anything left in the beds" he said. Come back with an empty truck and you can have all the soil (nice soil) in the raised beds. That have been dried for a week now. Nice easy loads.

As I was coiling this hose that sits in this blazing sun this week I thought. 
"I could sure use a real"...

"BBQ would be so much easier Lord if I had a little table"

One day at the folks I was in a back room and saw a table just like this and thought what a cool table. 
It is collapsible. Just needs to be washed off.
Last fall...
(my old small screen)
While in use " Lord this has holes that are too small for first screen."
"gotta get Steve to make me a new one Lord, I suggested"

Eric said my beds were 3 foot in width..."oh mine too say I"

Last night we had an amazing 2 inches of rain within a 20 minute storm.
Look at the water tank!

Now I have to get the garden prepared for the seeding within a 2-4 week time frame.
Tomorrow I go back to be given all of the soil out of his raised beds.
Kids this is soil he got when working at the Home Depot every torn bag was given him free.
This is good like way good soil.
The sink better than anything I have seen.
It recoils that beautiful hose with nozel with the water presure.

Last week I was told about giving the chickens a bowl of water to dip there feet in during the heat.
I had never heard such thing but found an old plant bottom just yesterday that was a bit iffy at best.
Today the girls even have a nice metal wading pool.

School begins in a week and with the kids getting older the idea of mom right there at the bus stop is well humbling for them. Now as I had imagined and only thought in my wildest dreams...well I thought the other day to ask God for one.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. Malacki 3:10

The dogs are happily cool inside now
We are training them to use the new dogie door.

Steve won a $25 gift card at work a while ago.
We were able to get a door.

It fits along side the glass Arcadia door. The dogs are now using it.
My Lab peed one time and was out in an instant. Has not done it again. Of course it was on my clothe around the cutting table. I guess I should be flattered...I am his you know.

I love being friends with he who owns the universe and makes every comfort so sweetly abundant.
My children were really so moved by little Derrick. They Played with him. Dash told us on the way home...

"mom, I told Derrick that don't let anyone tell you that you are any different than them. You just use a chair to get around that's all" Oh I love my boy.


Denise said...

Woo Hoo, praise God.

Annette said...

God will always provide for his children, no need or want is ever too small for him...Ask and you shall receive!!

LOVE you all
Hugs to everyone

Annette said...

God always take care of children, no want or need is ever too small for him, ask and you shall receive.

I love you
Hugs to all

Amrita said...

Gosh Donetta you got some really good stuff from Eric an d th e food too. I lik e th e outdoor sink.

I love what Dash told Derrick.

Alex said...

He is so good.....and He is so good to give you the awareness of how good He is and the ability to share it so beautifully.

Lynn said...


Girl, I loved reading all of this. The table, the garden, your son, the dog peeing in the house, made me grin.

I love you so much and it was as if I just paid a visit to your home for a few days. What a great treat.

Love you.... Love Jesus. Happy TT. Love and hugs, Lynn

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