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The Best Hundred Bucks I Ever Spent

Surely you knew there was going to be a follow-up to The-best-$16.00 I ever-spent/.



So I went to the local thrift store first thing yesterday morning.  There in the parking lot was this BEAUTIFUL solid wood  country-style table.

Sold already, I was sure of it.  But I asked anyway, just in case.

Nope, it was just unloaded from a truck and nobody had even priced it yet.

One of the workers disappeared inside to get the manager for pricing.  Just so happened to be the nice manager I had just talked to yesterday about saving me some moving boxes.

He came out to look at the table.  I said, “My kids NEED this table!”

He agreed.  $100 bucks just for me.

I thought at the most it would seat 8.  There’s only eight of us at home now, so I figured it would be okay.

I called hubby to tell him he had a table to pick up.

Ooops.  Did I mention it only seats 8 versus the easy 10 our current conference table that we use for a dinner table holds?

And when all the kids are here, we need a table for 11.

So I spent the rest of the day wondering just how bad a mistake I made in informing hubby we were trading in our perfectly-sized conference table for a smaller, albeit nicer (much nicer) table.

First thing I did when I came home was apologized.

Wow.  Wish I would have realized for the past 11 years how much easier things get when I admit I made a mistake.

So I helped unload the table, we set it up, and then I realized, “It sure looks like this table would seat 10.”

Sure enough.   It seats a pretty easy 10.

And hubby LOVES the table (especially now that we know it can seat 10), and hubby very rarely LOVES anything (except me and our kids, of course).


All’s well that ends well.

Kinda feels like a housewarming gift  from God.  So it was fitting this morning that since we skipped church due to sick kids, we sat around our new dining room table for family church..  It was a great way to break it in.

James 1: 17  “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or [r]shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be [s]a kind of first fruits [t]among His creatures.

19 [u]This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all [v]that remains of wickedness, in [w]humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his [x]natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, [y]he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but [z]an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in [aa]what he does.

26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not [ab]bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained [ac]by the world.”

What good things has the Lord been bringing your way lately?

The best $16.00 I ever spent

R is also for RICE!


So just what can you do with 50 pounds of rice?

Here’s what I did:

I bagged 10 pounds in Ziplock bags to use in our family’s food supply, and then I put the other 40 pounds (40 pounds is A LOT of rice!) in a shallow under-the-bed storage box.  This has kept my kids busy for three weeks.

It has also kept me busy, sweeping and vacuuming rice out of every nook and cranny in our house.

But it’s so worth it!

The first week it was not unusual to see all six of my kids around the rice box, all playing nicely.

The older kids have moved on, but my Littles are still playing with it.

Every.  Single.  Day.

We threw in everything but the kitchen sink – cups for pouring, spoons for spooning, tongs for transferring, army men, cars, marbles, mini loaf pans, funnels, lego people, ladles and play animals.  The kids played a cute game of hide and seek where one buried their little miniature  animals and the other would dig until they found them all.

I’m wondering how long before bugs appear, but for now I just put the lid on top of it when we’re finished for the day (in other words after I’ve swept for the third or fourth time and am tired of having rice stick to the bottom of my feet).

What’s the best $16.00 you ever spent?