Five years ago my husband and I thought it was a good idea to buy a 1/1 condo and quit "throwing away our money every month" on rent. Less than a year and a half later we were blessed with our first child, and we realized that maybe we should have continued renting until we could afford a bigger home. It was too late, though, and knowing that the Lord allowed the happenings, we made do.
It was actually fun making everything work, and we situated our little one's crib in the bedroom with our bed and her clothes in our closet and the hall closet. It has been a blessing to have a small home because we have not been able to hang on to a lot of unnecessary stuff. We have had a lot of yard sales because I am always going through things to get rid of either to make room for new or make some extra cash (or both).
Well, after much prayer and consideration of all options, we put our little condo on the market hoping we could sell it and move on and move in to a better fitting home. Much to our excitement, we got an offer the day after it was put on the market! So, praise the Lord, as I write this I am taking a break from packing to move out of our little home and into a home we will be renting that is over twice the size! We'll have a bedroom again! We'll have 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a large kitchen (I love to cook and bake), a patio, a garage, a playground in the community... Sigh (of gratitude and excitement)... We are so thankful!
Yesterday, I was praying with one of our daughters. I was thanking God for this move and our new home and several aspects about it that were exactly what I was asking Him for months ago when praying for a new home for my family. My lovely little one chimed in with, "And thank you, God, that we will have a playground. That is so wonderful." In our condo, we have not had a yard or a nearby playground (although we drive to playgrounds, so she can play with friends), so this is a special treat that we have prayed for!
A bedroom. A playground. These are some of those Finer Things in life, and we thank God.
Now, back to packing...