Drumroll, please!

…Our gingerbread castle took second place!  There was — ahem — only two houses in the “group” category.  So, second place also means last place.

Funny, huh?

I also met some people associated with the first place house — they’re from a group home of disabled adults, and they had worked on their house for several weeks.  We worked on ours for 2.5 days.

Since our camera still hasn’t shown up, I don’t have any pics.  But, one of the ladies who has a daughter in the aforementioned group home took pics of our castle, and is going to e-mail them to me.  I’ll post ’em when they come.

In semi-related news, I have been so relieved to see God taking care of us, like I knew He would.  Well, part of me knew He was/is going to take care of our finances and our Christmas, and part of me was afraid that, yes, He’d take care of us but in such a way that we still wouldn’t be able to provide gifts for our kids for Christmas.  Money is just tight — extra tight, more than ever in our marriage.  I am certainly rejoicing that my husband has a job in the homebuilding business during the worst period in decades for new homebuilding.  But…  I still wanna get my kids stuff for Christmas, you know?  But, God is good, and He’s merciful.  First, I got a $25 giftcard as a somewhat late present for Fiala’s birth.  Then, we got an unexpected $40 refund from my OB/GYN.  Then, the prize for 2nd place was a $50 giftcard.  🙂  God really is good.  And, my hubby let me spend the $40 at the fabric store, and I’ve been working on four dresses for Audrey.  I’m gonna make some headbands, too, with the extra cloth, and maybe even a couple of skirts.  Woo hoo!  I have other plans, too, to stretch our $$…

Must run.  Bitsy Fiala is waking.

May the Father similarly encourage you in these tough times!!!!


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on December 8, 2008, in Christian Living, Christmas, Contests, Encouragement, Family, Holidays, The Dear Hubby, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I would take second place to them any day! That is so neat! I hope you’ll share the pics when you get them. 🙂

  2. CONGRATULATIONS!! 🙂 Can’t wait to see pictures!

    And yes, God is so good to provide so many wonderful and unexpected blessings during this season!!

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