Remember the other day when I wrote my ABC's and said that folding laundry was my least favorite chore? Well, for some reason that prompted me to actually do the kids' stuff...AND fold it...AND put it away. So amazing, isn't it? Here's what my bed looked like before I put it away.
Now, I'm not sharing this with you because I'm so proud of myself for doing a basic, household chore. I mean, that would be like me writing a blog entry and saying I'm proud of myself for brushing my teeth or something! And I'm not sharing this with you because of my excellent folding skills because I'm sure someone like Tina has a far superior method (I'm totally teasing you, Tina)!
I'm sharing that picture with you because I am thankful. In fact, I don't think that picture even does it justice as to how many clothes were on the bed...not to mention the fact that there were still clothes in their dressers and hanging in their closets. I am thankful because I'd say over 90% (heck, it might be 95%) of their clothes are hand-me-downs from friends. It's amazing to me. Every time I do laundry, I look at the mass amounts of clothing and think to myself, "Wow, I am so thankful that I was given all these clothes! I sure hope my friends know how thankful I am!"
I rarely buy clothes, and if the kids do need something my mom and mother-in-law are always willing to get those things for me. They are always asking if they can get clothes for the kids. My mother-in-law bought Sarah's Easter dress last year. My mom got the kids their coats this past fall. I made them pose for this picture so I could send it to my mom...she just gave me a check and told me to pick them out...
And I think they are pretty nicely dressed...even if they are (almost) exclusively hand-me-down kids! Below is one of my favorite outfits from a large bag of clothes I received from Sarah C last fall.
So thank you dear friends (Sarah C, Sarah H), Mom, and Mary. When God says He will provide for us, it's always amazing to me how He does that. And I am convinced that this is one way He does it. Thank you for letting Him use you in this way for our family.
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you?" Matthew 6:28-30
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