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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Blessed beyond measure

As I sit here on a Sunday morning, wishing I was in church, I was thinking about all the blessings of the last week.
First of all..why am I missing church? Well last week I missed because I cannot remember. Today I miss because of a medical problem that I pray will be fixed someday. We will have to place a bit of focus on me for a little season and get some things taken care of so that my crazy life can continue without these rude interruptions :) I cannot take care of a few little issues though, until we get financial things taken care of.

Jerry is about the same. Not really anything new to report other than the complete frustration at the KU liver treatment center who has had the paperwork for3 weeks so that Jerry can get some shared work leave..but the paper work has to be turned in BEFORE the 10th..and its the 7th. It's not in our possession yet. If it doesn't get here tomorrow I guess we go another entire month without pay.

Enter in the blessings.....

Last Sunday Jerry and I were kidless. So after he awoke we discussed things such as his will, etc. You know the things we don't really want to discuss and hope we don't need but know we need to make decisions anyway... I had to get out of the house and away from it all. I talked Jerry into a Sunday afternoon drive. We drove out to Hamilton Mo and looked around at the changes Missouri Star quilt company has made, making the tiny town into their own quilt empire. Then we drove back to our town and looked at some rental property..drove by "our" house, dreaming ..for later. Then we drove up to Walnut Street..which is the main road that runs through town.

We saw a little store front with a For Rent sign on it. I hopped out of the car at the same time a couple hopped out of their car and went into the donut shop next door. Being a Sunday evening, I knew it had to be the owners. Anyway, I liked the little store. It was small, but on the main road. I called the number..just to see what it would cost. The last place I checked was a ridiculous $1200 a month. I wondered if this was I called. Funny...the man on the other end of the line asked if I was standing outside peeking into the window. Yep, that would be me!

He came out of the donut shop, opened the door to the new shop. Showed me around (its tiny so it didn't take long), and told me the cost per month. $325. Did I hear that right? I did. Could I do this? Um no. Jerry has no income. I sure dont even make enough to cover his or his insurance I now have to pay and I really don't even know how we are surviving at the moment.

But, I do love a good dream. So, I went home and told my friends about it. And do you know what? By the Thursday everyone had worked together and set up a system. Several of them sent money in as a loan of sorts. I have to pay it off each time they giving them a 10% discount until its paid off. Can you believe it? Do you know how much they donated to the cause? Well it is not all here yet..but it should be enough to cover the first months rent, the deposit of the last months rent, the partial months rent for Sept, and the electric deposit of $250. All in four days.

My daughter, who tends to not like the whole idea of my business and hasn't since the beginning, said" Well I guess I can't argue with that. I guess God took care of it, didn't He?"

So, therefore, in the matter of less than three weeks..I will be opening a store. A Hillbilly Quilt shop. Amazing. Just amazing.


Kate said...

Amazing, yes. You need this. You can do this. This is good.

Belinda said...

Even in the middle of the storm, He has given you a bright white cloud... I'm so excited to see what God is going to do!

Susan Morelli said...

A very wise man once told me, "You get what you need"! He was right because it happened to me a few times. :-)

Colleen said...

Congrats I will pray for your success!

Jessie said...

Oh my goodness, I have been following you for quite a long time and I'm so happy this is happening for you!

Tami C said...

It's just wonderful that you are able to open your very own quilt shop. Have you decided What name you going to call it? I'll be keeping you in my prayers! Can't wait until we can get out that way and see your cute little store!

QuiltSue said...

How wonderful. I wish you every success in your new venture.

Pat said...

Delighted for you, Tonya.
Wish you every success xx

Carla said...

How wonderful! You have an awesome support system therer I must say. I'm still trying to compute the $325/mo price. I'm with your daughter I do believe God took care of your dream.
Hopefully next time I come to Missouri to visit my dad I will have time to swing by and meet you in person.