Friday, December 7, 2007

FAITH FORWARD FRIDAY: UNEXPECTED GIFTS

A few years before my Mother died, she gave me her china set. I have loved this china set since I was knee high. So when she turned it over to me I was ecstatic. I couldn't wait to show the china set off and use it. Well, I must say, I can count on one hand the times I have actually used it. My reasoning was always, I have no place to store it. So when I got married and moved into our first house, I put up funky shelving and up went my china. Fast forward 12 years and into a new house for the last 6 years the china never saw the light of day. It sat boxed in my dining room. I would, of course out of reverence and remembrance of my mother take out 1 or 2 pieces during the holidays. So one day this week my neighbors were cleaning out their basement, they had a complete dinning room set that they wanted to give away. They knocked on my door to see if I had any use for a dining room set. I said yes! It came with a huge 2-piece hutch, dining table with leaf, and 6 chairs. I lovingly cleaned the hutch and happily unpacked my china and placed it in the hutch. Now I have no idea where I am going to be living in the new year. But right now I am here and this is still my house and I am treating it as such. Seeing my china in its own place makes me happier than I have been in a long time. The dinning room set was such an unexpected gift I never saw coming. Tis the Season!

5 comments:

Sister P said...

How wonderful! I found myself without a roof over my head for a time but lemme tell ya' baaaaby that those storage places saved my stuff (including hutch and dinning room table and chairs) from hitting the streets. I was in my car and then rented a room from a friend and when I was back on my feet, in my own place, my stuff came with me.

Don't sweat it and HOLD ON TO YOUR STUFF. Don't let people convince you that they are just things. Some things are connected to your memories and can be used to tell a story of overcoming obstacles and perseverance. As you can see, some items can make you whole again after an absence. God bless and have a great weekend!

Lovebabz said...

Thank you Sister P,
This time of year is so ripe for miracles and blessings. I am very happy.

Missladybug said...

That's a lovely story and I imagine your mother would be so proud and thrilled that you lovingly displayed her china.

BloggersDelight said...

Congratulations on the unexpected gift and opportunity to show off your mother's china set. Thank you for visiting our blog. We have added you to our blog roll.

Mama Zen said...

What a lovely surprise!