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Let there be light!

October 29, 2009

It’s been busy around here lately. Busy and a bit disorienting.

Josh got laid off this past week; his last day was Tuesday. We knew it was coming and tried to prepare the best we could. Still, no matter the preparation, adjustments must be made to a new lifestyle. Like being down to one vehicle. Josh had a company truck, so we must say good-bye to it.

With Josh being home now, the rhythm of the day is different. We had to put aside normal activities one day to file for unemployment and other government aid. That means long forms. Josh has a priority need to use the computer for job searching and resume sending. But I still need the computer for photo session proofing.

Speaking of photo sessions, I’ve been blessed by a sudden influx right at the perfect time. So thankful for that. My first engagement shoot was Sunday. Can’t wait to share it with you!

And the coolest thing that happened last week. In the midst of waiting everyday for the news of being laid off, Josh brought home some good news one day.

We’ve been wanting to install recessed lights in our living room since April. But our car ended up needing several thousand dollars worth of work, so we delayed until the fall. Well, the fall arrived and we decided that if Josh was going to lose his job, it probably wasn’t the time to install the lights. We’d have to put it off until a more stable time.

I was bummed. It’s so depressingly dark in our living room. Plus, it does not make it easy to host friends.

Our living room is like a cave. The boys had busted our two floor lamps a while ago (no surprise there). In the winter months it gets little natural light with the front door having to stay closed and the brown paint doesn’t help matters. I figured I’d have to buy a lamp at Target or something, and even so, lamps and lamp shades aren’t exactly cheap.

But Josh came home from work one day with the exact amount of recessed lighting we needed for our living room! He just happened to be at a job site where they were going to throw them away. Under usual working conditions he’s not on the job sites, but since his company had stopped bidding, Josh was helping out in the field. The lights had been demoed and were going to be trashed. Thus, the lights that we’ve wanted for the past six months were gotten for free!

How cool is that? It was nothing we couldn’t have lived without, but what a special reminder God cares about the little things?

How ’bout a little show and tell . . .

Before (all we had was that little desk lamp!)

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After

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Now the boys can see to play with their toys and I don’t have to hand guests flashlights!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. melodyejoy permalink
    October 30, 2009 6:45 am

    Danielle, I am always amazed at God’s grace… He cares about the little things too! He just wanted you to know that He knows what is going on and loves you very much. He showed His love in the form of free recessed lighting! I never take that kind of tangible love lightly! He knows us so well 🙂
    I prayed for you and Josh today.
    Melodye

  2. bethyoung permalink
    October 30, 2009 7:09 am

    It looks really great, Danielle! Amazing how God provides.

  3. October 30, 2009 7:49 am

    Love it, Danielle. God is so kind to provide things that demonstrate His particular love for us. Jason and I prayed for you and Josh and the job situation. Can’t wait to see how God provides for you in the next season. And I must say Josh is a blessed guy to have a hard-working, prov. 31 woman who can contribute to the family finances even with toddler twins!!! You never cease to amaze me, Danielle 😉 .

  4. October 30, 2009 7:53 am

    that’s so great about the lights! just in time for winter and dst to end- it looks great!!

    my husband was laid off a year ago last summer for 6 weeks before finding a new job, and then was laid off from that job in feb 09 through aug 09, so i totally understand what it’s like! (i blogged about it, too).

    honestly, it was some of the best times of my life- but yes, the day is VERY different with dad at home!! and sharing the computer is NOT easy!!

    Megan

  5. October 30, 2009 9:24 am

    so sorry to hear Josh lost his job. may God provide something else soon–and in the meantime, I agree with Laurie!

    the living room looks great. how kind of God to bless you like that!

  6. October 30, 2009 10:19 am

    The kindness of God is an amazing thing. And I like your living room – cave or not. Having said that, I know what a difference good lighting makes in the day-to-day. Looks great!

  7. Morgan permalink
    October 30, 2009 10:19 am

    God doesn’t forget the small stuff does he?
    Looks wonderful Danielle! We just installed recessed lighting as part of our renovation (we’ve waited 9 years to do it lol) and my goodness, doesn’t it make such a huge difference?!

  8. October 30, 2009 11:12 am

    I LOVE your attitude. I’m sure it is not easy at times, but your perseverance is an encouragement to me! 🙂
    What a GIFT those lights were!!! That is SO awesome Danielle, and we have the SAME problem in our living room, so I know how you feel.
    It looks SO good and what a great little home improvement to bring more cheer to your living room! 🙂
    HOORAY !

    PRAYING FOR YOU GUYS!

  9. October 30, 2009 3:04 pm

    Oh, the little irrelevancies that are so relevant when we find His goodness… praying for you…

  10. October 30, 2009 6:22 pm

    We were so sorry to hear of Josh’s job loss. We are in prayer for God’s provision for you all, and are so blessed that Josh could do some work around our house in Joppa. Loved reading about the lights…. God is so good.

  11. October 30, 2009 7:16 pm

    This testimony made me tear up. I think it no small matter that God has shown you literal light in your symbolic darkness, for truly there must be some dark emotions that you fight (or will fight) in the future. Not to be cheesy, but remember to “look up” (at your ceiling) to remember His providence. And I really do like the aethetic appeal. I can appreciate the need for more light, and I have a moonlight testimony from Feb 2002 which was my darkest hour. I will always hold on to that.

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