God has promised to provide all our needs, and I’ve been amazed how many times we are at the bottom of our financial resources and we look around and find something at our fingertips that meets a need. Often the Lord provides things ahead of time we didn’t even know we’d need.
One example is my lovely pedestal sink. While living in town this summer I found a beautiful pedestal sink beside the road (yes, the secret is out…I DO pick up other people’s trash when it is something I can use). I’ve always loved pedestal sinks, but never owned one. As we passed I saw this sink at the end of a driveway and hollered, “Hey, I want that sink!” Poor Silver Oak had to turn our big suburban around (something he hates when he’s headed somewhere) and go back to the humiliating task of picking up someone else’s trash. No sooner was the sink inside our vehicle and the county trash truck came roaring around the corner straight for us. Whew!! That was close!
We took that sink home to our temporary rental home and set it out back. I admired it often with its brass fixtures, and wondered if I would ever have a place to use it. Although I love how pedestal sinks LOOK, in a tiny house every nook of space is extremely valuable, and with no storage underneath I knew it was probably completely impractical.
A few months later we bought the trailer which is now our tiny house, and the bathroom/laundry room at one end had to be converted into a bathroom/bedroom for us. The laundry room sink, washer, dryer, and bathroom sink and vanity had to be removed to make room for our loft bed and storage/closet space below. That left no room for even the tiniest of vanities with a sink. Wouldn’t you know, that pedestal sink was the perfect height to fit easily over one side of the toilet tank behind the bathroom door. We couldn’t have found a better fit! It’s been a reminder to me of my Heavenly Father’s love and care even in the little things.
When Jody had triplets on Tuesday it was immediately urgent to have another milking stanchion so both fresh goats could be milked and fed at once. The urgent often rules around here, so Silver Oak set about building a new stanchion. It was a lighter week for landscaping so he focused more on home projects. He used leftover lumber from the “graveyard” of building supplies behind our tiny house.
When the stanchion was built we jumped in the truck and drove to the old house in the boonies where we’d lived seven years. Our playground set (someone else’s reject) was still there and we’d promised to remove it by the end of January. At home we set it up again immediately; knowing if we didn’t it would probably be years before we got to it with all the other pressing needs. It took several hours of precious time, but the children have been so delighted and have played and played with it already.
On Friday Silver Oak was home working his tail off again. He fixed the latch to the back gate that has been a thorn in my side for months, and moved the many piles of lumber and other riff-raff that collects during construction out to their proper places in the “graveyard.” What a difference it makes to neaten things up!
Meanwhile I continued to plug away at sorting, organizing, and decorating. The pile of stuff in the camper has been reduced, but not finished. All of the children’s bunk spaces are now personalized except for our 12-year-old’s. Her shelf was one I found in someone’s reject pile, along with a beautiful old wooden chair, on the way to town one day. I removed the bent screws, patched the holes, sanded it, and added a few nails to make it whole again. Now it’s waiting for a coat of paint. The rest of the shelves I already had except for one purchased recently at a garage sale.
Friday night Silver Oak and I had a quick dessert date at a little country eating place 12 minutes from our house. We again went over the must-do list and goals for the year. We have managed to break things down month by month of what we need to accomplish by this fall in becoming sustainable. It’s amazing how well it clears the mind to have everything written down, even though we know unexpected things will probably change our plans.
Sunday was to be a big birthday carry-in after church at our house for our oldest daughter, turning 17! There is nothing like having company to motivate us in getting things done quickly that need to be done anyway. This was no exception.
Silver Oak had to work in town Saturday, but he really wanted to add a few pieces to our little deck to accommodate guests and family use. The big enclosed covered deck is scheduled to be completed in April or May before the rainy season hits, but for now we will use a smaller deck with a temporary tarp cover to protect from occasional rains (the entire deck will be pre-used decking, left-over steel roofing that was given to us, and lumber from the “graveyard”). He worked hard ALL night to get that deck done, and to install safe steps. I putted around to be company for him till 4:30am and got so tired I finally went to bed. When I awoke at 8am he was working on the steps! Are we crazy or what?
We had many late nights at first after moving here, simply out of necessity. By December it was time to return to normal, but every once in a while a crazy 24 hour work stint is necessary. This was one of those times.
While he built deck, I worked on putting up curtains as a “wall” and “door” to the children’s bedroom. We got curtains (you guessed it) beside the road in a bunch of stuff someone was getting rid of cleaning out their garage. They were folded in their original packaging, never used. I couldn’t believe how perfectly they met the need. They are dark and heavy to block light and sound, but breathable 100% cotton and the perfect length and color. They only needed to be ironed and hung. Amazing! Again, my Father supplied my need when curtains were not in our budget.
Sunday brought lovely weather for our little house church to have services and the birthday celebration. Altogether there were 41 family and friends from under one year to 97 years old (my grandpa) gathered on the deck, under the canopy, and on the playground. The budget may be tight, but there are wonderful blessings to enjoy that money can’t buy.