This morning I opened DJ’s drawer to find clothes for him, and nothing in his current size was clean. I mentioned previously that we have only a few sleepers in the 3-6 month size, and we usually go through at least 2 a day. We ran out last week too, and that very afternoon a package arrived in the mail from my sweet blog friend, Rachel. Inside…3-6 and 6-9 month sleepers, and breast milk storage bags, which I had just put on the grocery list. Rachel also sent a big box of Huggies.
Today, the same thing happened. I dressed DJ in a too-large sleeper, and rolled the sleeves up a few times. A couple hours later the doorbell rang, and there was the mailman with a big, heavy box from another generous blog friend, Katherine. Inside…an entire wardrobe of 3-6 month clothing, including socks, a couple of hats, and a swaddle blanket, which we saw in the hospital gift shop and thought was a great idea.
When I was in the hospital, the lactation consultant recommended that I invest in a double-electric breast pump, instead of my manual pump (which, after nursing 2 children, is kind of falling apart). Her thinking was that it would be easier for me to build up a sufficient milk supply for DJ, since he’s such a large baby, and it would also save time. However, our insurance doesn’t cover breast pumps, so I decided that I would just limp by with my Avent Isis, even though I literally have to hold it together while pumping because the parts don’t lock together tightly anymore.
Last weekend my stepson and his wife, who just had a baby boy a month ago, stopped by with some extra hooded towels and baby washcloths that they didn’t need (we have none, and had just considered buying some, but decided to make do with regular towels), and also a double electric breast pump. Their insurance paid for it, but they decided against breastfeeding, so they thought maybe I could use it.
It seems like every day the doorbell rings, and a package arrives that perfectly fits our needs. Yesterday, cloth diapers and onesies arrived from Christy. Last week, Jenny sent some 18 month clothing and diaper cream, and my friend Janell sent a whole box of 12-24 month clothing. You all just keep filling in the gaps, and before we know it, we’ll have a complete wardrobe!
Friends have also sent store gift cards and food, and we’ve been so thankful for everything. Gifts of food often show up at the door just as we’re standing in the kitchen, despairing because we have to make supper, but we’ve been too tired to get groceries, so there isn’t anything to make.
I’m continually amazed at how God provides for us through the generosity and kindness of others, and I’m so touched by the way that so many of you have reached out to me, though we’ve never even met. I cannot thank you enough.
In the card she sent, Katherine included this verse:
“And my God shall supply all your heed, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19
This is an excellent reminder for me to not worry, and to trust in the Lord’s provision. He’s never let us down before.[print-me/]