Thursday, December 6

I remember moving in...

Yesterday my parents made their last house payment

I remember moving in, and boy was that house a mess. Thanks, mom and dad. Thanks for more than just giving me a great home to grow up in. Your courage to bravely remodel and live in a house that needed so much work has fortified me for much more than just moving into our very own fixer upper.

You have taught me not only a good work ethic and minor home fix-its, (yes, I know, my smaller fingers were just better at sanding the corners of the floor and better at scraping the paint off the porch rails). You taught me that God always provides. You taught me contentment. You taught me to trust Him and to do it joyfully. You may not have always felt that way, but I never guessed it.

I know, you're sitting there reading this and shaking your head. That's why you taught (and are still teaching) me the beauty of humility.

And I am humbled that God saw fit to give you grace and strength in the years of our growing up, in the years that He had those hard lessons to teach us all about trusting, about God's provision, about the love of family, and about so much more. Praise GOD for His Goodness at all times. Praise God for parents like you.

I love you guys, and I rejoice with you in God's grace, abundant on your behalf! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Now, do you burn that mortgage or frame it?

3 comments:

Rosemary at Rose Tree Threadworks said...

Well put, Jenny! It is so nice to see that you appreciate what your mom and dad (and your Heavenly Father) have done for you. You DO have very special parents...
And so does Aaron! Uncle Dale and I were recently moaning about how your generation typically leads a 'disposable life'. If something breaks (a chair, a car, even a marriage!) it is just thrown away for a new one. It is so nice to know that you are an exception to the trend!
Love, Aunt Rosemary

The Barkers said...

Woohoo! And the house is so cute!
Joe and I are working towards an early pay off too.

dan and cheryl forbes said...

Thank you for your kind words...but it was not like we had much of a choice. The house was a steal at about 1/2 to 1/3 of the price of other houses at that time. We did see potential, and we just LIKE to do house projects. We have learned that the very best place to be is in a situation where living by faith is a tangible reality. We can stand in our house and see the literal gifts from God. Thank You Lord!