a blessing

I feel so compelled to share this personal story with you because what happened to me yesterday was extraordinary. I have been in an emotional slump for a few weeks now. And before I share I just want you to know that I am very aware that our health problems could be much worse and I’m grateful every day that we don’t have something more serious. Ok that being said, I am just weary. I’m weary of Dr. appointments with no answers. I’m weary of the fact that my daughter has been on so many antibiotics that now their effectiveness is wearing off. I’m weary of the fact that I have no idea how to fix this problem or how to make it better. I’m exhausted from trying and trying to only have her immunoglobulan levels decrease. I’m exhausted from cooking nutrient rich foods that she rejects upon sight. On top of this slump I have been busy with work, having surgery, and being home with two sick kids the last two weeks and then on top of it all my washing machine decided to break. I lived in denial for a few days and lost a load of laundry with my inability to take action. I finally called the repair places, but they didn’t return my calls. Then after a few days I finally reached someone and they said with Samsung machines there really isn’t any point in repairing them because the parts take so long to get here and then you are not even guaranteed that it will fix the error in the end. “Well fantastic” I thought in my head. Now I have to buy a washing machine we can’t afford nor do I want to replace something we just bought 4 years ago. grrrr.

A few days later I went to Lowes and Home Depot but they didn’t have anything that would fit my small space, and I asked the guy who he would go to if he were me and he said “Conklins in Lynnwood” (I had never heard of them). I called later that day and I spoke to a nice man named Al (same name as my deceased father so I instantly felt tender toward him), and he said they had one machine that would fit my specs. It was expensive and I hate not having choices, so I said I would think about it and called around. I eventually ended up on the phone with a very nice lady from sears, who found a killer deal on a machine that they could get to me in two days. happy dance. I was thrilled having just saved myself 300.00. It was delivered on Saturday and it DIDN’T FIT! GAHHHH I couldn’t believe it. : (

That night I called my friend Sarah to pout about all of my weariness and she immediately went into action. Her husband Joel came over and grabbed our remaining piles of laundry (our neighbor Melinda and my Mom had been helping us for two weeks keep some laundry clean prior to that), and then she said she would bring it all back clean on Sunday. Seriously?!!! Who does that?! I felt blown out of the water by she and her husband’s generosity. The next day I decided to call Conklins again and see if I could still order the Maytag. He said he could get it to us on Tuesday, which was a huge relief, but I needed to come in and place the order. Sarah arrived with our fresh laundry right before I left for Lynnwood and I told her the good news that we were getting the machine on Tuesday. I arrived at Conklins and Al said to me “you must be Ashley”, and I said “you must be Al”. We both smiled and he said, “Well Ashley, it’s Christmas for you today”. I said “huh?, what do you mean?” He then said “One of your friends just called and purchased your machine for you!” Tears started streaming down my face and I looked at him in awe and silence, with my mouth gaping open. I knew immediately who it was. Al and I chatted for a bit about this amazing act of kindness. As soon as I left the store I called Sarah, still in tears of gratitude and this is what she said, “Ashley, I can’t make the Dr appointments go away or the illness disappear but I can buy you a washer”. I then began to cry harder at this huge act of kindness. When someone does something like this for you when you are so weary, everything changes. I felt lighter and as if I was on a cloud. This gift coming from my friend who works 4 jobs was beyond amazing and generous. I continued to text her all evening to just say thank you over and over again. She then texted this:

Sarah: wanna hear something cool?

Me: yes!

Sarah: So I’m reading another Jen hat maker book, interrupted. One of the main themes in the book is Isaiah 58. I was paying close attention to verses 1-10, and asking God how to show me how I can be his “hands and feet”. Anyway that was last night. I was reflecting on how next Tuesday the radio station is partnering with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission to serve thanksgiving meals to the homeless. We do it every year. We work with this guy named David who’s company is i58:10 media. That’s the name, after Isaiah 58:10. Anyyyyway last night I went to sleep with that verse as my prayer. And today? When I googled the washing machine store to get directions? 5810 196th street : )

Me: Oh My God!!!!! I just burst into tears. Thank you for being God’s hands and feet. Wow. Just Wow! God is amazing and you are amazing.

All night I felt so much lighter, as if I was floating. It was amazing, and the amazing just kept on coming. When I woke up this morning this is what my devotional said “November 12th. THIS IS A TIME OF ABUNDANCE in your life. your cup runneth over with blessings. After plodding and plodding uphill for many weeks, you are now traipsing through lush meadows drenched in warm sunshine. I want you to enjoy to the full this time of ease and refreshment. I delight in providing it for you….” yes, more tears of gratitude. I just had to share this with you all because regardless of our varying beliefs this is an encouraging story and I hope you found comfort and joy in it.

This picture below is of the beautiful family I have been talking about. I’m still gobsmacked by what they did for us.

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Clare Barboza - November 12, 2012 - 6:15 pm

That is a beautiful and totally inspiring story, Ashley. I am so thrilled for you, and I LOVE hearing about what Sarah did for your family! Here’s to many, many, MANY more blessings!! xo

Julia - November 16, 2012 - 3:41 pm

All I can say is amazing! Thank you for sharing. Thank god for good people

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