pennies from heaven

So I moved into this awesome apartment by the sea. It’s a spacious studio with a full bath, full kitchen, walk in closet, and Murphy bed. It’s like a mansion compared to the cabin I stayed in on the ship. But I have no stuff. All I have is my clothing and a few photos and chachki.

My friend Barbara told me the church thrift store has furniture and they deliver. That’s good news. But last night as I was riding my bicycle home from Target, (Did I also mention I have no car? I have a bicycle. I’m not complaining. A bicycle is fantastic transportation and good exercise to boot. Plus everything is within biking distance, including my job!) I found furniture out in the street for trash! I love dumpster diving. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and all that.

It was crazy! there were sofas and love seats and end tables galore. Unfortunately, sofas and love seats are too heavy to balance on a bicycle so I opted to just grab the two end tables. But yay me! That’s two things for free I didn’t have before. As I brought those end tables inside I thought, it sure would be nice if someone would put a club chair or recliner out on the curb.

This morning I got up, brewed the coffee, and spent an hour decorating for Christmas. Then I wondered if the trash had been picked up yet. I went out front and looked next door. What to my wondering eyes should appear? A brown leather recliner!!! What God!? Are you kidding me!? I spent the next hour dragging my new recliner home and into the living room. I washed it down with all purpose cleaner and positioned it in the corner of my room between the two end tables. It’s practically perfect!

Then I thought, it would be great to find a garden table and two chairs. I rode down to the dollar store to pick up more decorations. On my way I found an old rattan chair, you guessed it, but the side of the road! It’s in perfect shape except for the seat. But I’m crafty and have a plan for fixing it. Can you laugh out loud with me and praise God!?

Today has been such a blessing! It rained pennies from heaven!!!

Happy Friday!

His… Michelle



This is from my friend Kristen’s blog. A song and a prayer for my friends as they begin the long sail to Congo today. Please keep them in your prayers. Don’t forget to follow the adventure all across social media by looking for #sailwithus. And now my sweet friends, I pray you have fair winds and following seas and long may your big jib draw! God bless you! See you in 18 days! ❤

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20

walk in grace.

At the end of our evening last night, the last night in Tenerife, we listened to this song. It is our sailing song and prayer.

“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You…

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street cred

That’s what my 20 something friend Catherine said I have at breakfast this morning. It’s my birthday. I now have 50 years of experience! Go me! The first thing I got for my birthday was a cold shower. 🙂 Then I found cards with gift cards to the ship shop and coupons for coffee. My coworkers sang happy birthday to me. At lunchtime, I got birthday texts from my boys and my sister. After work, three of my friends took me out for Vietnamese. On our way back to the ship, one friend suggested we go to Starbucks. When we got back to the ship, she still wanted to go to Starbucks. But it was closed. She insisted it was still open, so I followed her. Well, my Gateway group was waiting with cake and another birthday song and celebration ensued. My friend Catherine asked me what my ultimate dream would be if I could do anything in the whole wide world? I’m doing it. 😀 It’s been a really good birthday!

Philippians 1:20