We were up long before the sun was up setting up our garage sale. It took us over 3 hrs to set everything out! I told you we had a lot of stuff. And you would think that the air would be crisp and a bit on the cool side. Nope, not gonna happen. We starting sweating as soon as we opened the garage door. I set up some fans, shade, and chairs. IF you sat still and IF you were in front of the fan and IF you sat in the shade it wasn't too hot outside. hummm
One of the most amazing woman I've ever met, Pat brought her children, and John (another tall young man who enjoys working in the sweaty Houston heat) to help around 7 am . I don't know how we could have done it without them. The boys carried heavy things to the car and lifted and moved and well, sweated. Pat took the money and I was the salesman. It was a very good working arrangement; both of us working to our strengths.
We sold a lot of the furniture and a lot of the electronics. But, amazingly my garage is still full! We have 3 pick ups tonight and a friend asked if she could bring some things tomorrow. I told everyone who came by today to come tomorrow because, "It will be a like a whole new garage sale!"
Patty was great! Not only did she bring her big, strong sons but she talked up every thing I sold! "Wow, that's a steal!" she'd say. "That's a nice couch! I was thinking of buying that." she'd comment. Then she'd tell everyone about sweet Alice Faith.
It was fun to see the generosity of people. Some people when we told them what we were doing were very excited and kind. Others reminded us that there are many orphans here in America. I totally agree. There are too many orphans everywhere! But, it gave a chance to talk about how she's living on borrowed time.
The Lord has given me super strength yesterday and tomorrow. I'm still going strong. I feel like the widow who's oil didn't run out. I'm praying He continues for Friday and Saturday. If He doesn't, them I'll rest. If He does...yeah! I'll rest on Monday.
I used to wonder how people could love a child they had never met and had only seen in a picture. But, now I know. You work so hard for them and you gaze at their picture and you fall in love. It's labor of a different kind. The end is just as amazing and just as worth it.