I am a details girl. I love it when God surprises me by caring about some of those trivial details (and of course the big ones too!). The last few days have been filled with blessings from God.
First, last Friday, we woke up to discover that our washing machine had officially broken. We bought the washer off of a family for $100 four years ago, and we have had a few issues over the years that always seemed to work themselves out. And Zsolt's dad volunteered to fix a broken part three years ago. So no complaints. But of course, the problem with broken appliances is affording the new ones to replace them. :) And God provided.
Every year we get a rather large heating bill in February or March. They read meters only once a year, and as prices increase and consumption changes, you don't find out by how much until they come read your meter in the new year. (There was a time when we were able to file our meter reading monthly on the internet, but it stopped working quite awhile ago and no solution has been found yet.) So after finding out the hard way our first year here, in preparation for the big bill, I now save a little extra each month throughout the year so that we can pay for it when it comes. And this year, we got our bill, and it was just 10% of what I had saved over the year. And the cost of the washing machine? Just a little over the extra of what I had saved. :)
And this washing machine can hold nearly double of what my old one could, AND it also is a DRYER!!! It's a combination, so I can wash and dry my load of laundry with a touch of a few buttons (which I am still learning). So for the first time in 6 years, I have ALL of my laundry done. It's just amazing! Thank you, God!
Second, we received a package in the mail the other day from Dr. Sawyer. He is the Christian OB in the States who has been helping me navigate medical stuff here. This was such a huge blessing and surprise for us. We were blessed enough by his medical advice, but then he and his family send us a big box filled with American goodies we can't get here?! WOW!
As you can see in the picture, Seth and Kate were giddy about the Tootsie Pops. They had no clue what those were until the basketball tournament 6 weeks ago. The junior class sells all sorts of food and American candy at the tournament as a fundraiser, so this is how the kids discovered them. And you know what is so neat? When we wrote to thank Dr. Sawyer and his family for their great kindness to us and just how special the Tootsie Pops of all things were to the kids, he said that he had prayed about it and that the Holy Spirit prompted him to buy those.
What an amazing, personal God we serve! Yes, he spoke the universe into existence, sent his Son to die on the cross for our sins and rose again, and yes, he will come back to rescue us all from sin one final day. But this very same God who is in charge of it all also cares about us and loves us on a deep and personal and individual level, knows every single thing about us, even the number of hairs on our head, as Seth and I discussed last night while he was getting a haircut. Gives me goosebumps!