Then they each got to open a box from Autumn. Check out the boxes.
Pictures of me and my gifts are harder to come by since I am always on the wrong side of the camera.
Autumn sent my gift to me early, so that I would have it while I was recovering. You cannot imagine how hard it was to not reveal the secret about the girls' quilts after receiving mine. I cannot count how many times I stopped myself from comparing pieces of my quilt to theirs. I am so glad the cat is finally out of the bag!
Days before Christmas, we were surprised with boxes at our door from Debbie. I opened them to find gifts inside and peeked at the invoice just enough to know who they were from. Now that they are open, I can tell you that Fluxx is our new favorite game! The package also included Mexican Train Dominoes which we haven't had the chance to play yet. FigNewTon is especially excited about that one.
Then Natalie stopped by and brought us all gifts. I am quite excited about the devotional book she gave me. I don't usually like devotionals and yet I can hardly wait till Saturday so that I can begin reading this one! She also gave me a wall plaque that looks beautiful hanging in my room. On it is the verse that is the cry of my heart right now and yet I hadn't told anyone.
Yesterday, my friend Julie took me shopping for a bed. I have never had a new bed before. My twin bed was in horrid condition. The box spring was busted so I was sleeping on my mattress on the floor. I could feel the springs inside and knew it wouldn't be long until one of them pushed through the fabric. Now I have a full size box spring and mattress! I had a gift card to Wal-Mart so I was able to go out today and pick up sheets and a mattress cover for the bed. I need to get a bed skirt, too; but they didn't have any that I liked in stock so that will have to wait.
There have also been monetary gifts this past month. Each one came with instructions from the giver. The first was to buy gifts. For that I am thankful. It relieves so much pressure when I know I can give the girls some gifts from me. They are always so blessed, but it blesses me to be able to purchase things for them. Then there was the Wal-Mart card to buy things for the house and that allowed me to pick up things we have been needing for a while like a new shower curtain and a mixer as well as the freedom to choose a larger bed because I knew I could buy sheets. Then a little more money arrived Christmas Eve designated for whatever we need after the holidays.
God always provides for our needs, often more extravagantly than I could imagine. This year we were truly and abundantly blessed.