Friday, July 15, 2011

an empire {the zucchini needs to be appreciated}

I started praying last week that God would be
creative in his provision for our family.

Our budget is t-i-g-h-t and adjusting to two more kids,
makes it tough.

So of course I would love to expectantly go to the mail box
to find an unexpected big-fat check.

God is certainly capable of doing that!

here are a few ways God has creatively provided recently:

*Fresh zucchini and cucumbers from my in-laws' garden.
*Fresh pineapple from my mom's Midwest garden (haha, not really).
*Fresh sweet corn from my friend Angela's grandma's crop.
*A plethora of eggs from my hen crop (more on that later).
*New clothes/shoes my mom bought the kids.

Now listen,
I do realize that probably ALL of you are getting these types of things.
It's summer...and that's just what happens.
People share their abundance with others.

True enough.
But I guess in the past I just counted it as me lightening someone
load and doing them a favor to take their extras off their

But this time, after having prayed for God's creative provision,
I completely saw it as PROVISION.

Each item of food provided wonderfully delicious and nutritious side dishes
for several dinners for my family.

I figure if God wants us to care for the small things,
in order for Him to give us bigger things,
the zucchini needs to be appreciated.


So as for my eggs.

Oh, what is God up to?

As you may recall, when Kelly was in China, I took over the
chicken care.

I had never really done it before.
It was icky to me and was HIS job, so I always avoided it.

But when he was gone, I found myself...loving it.
I would go out multiple times a day to
look in on my feathered friends.

I even talked to them.

Well...nothing has really changed.
I still do all that.
I go out multiple times a day to gather eggs, give fresh water,
and for one-sided chats.
Which is really refreshing compared to what goes on
inside the people house.

So suddenly my eyes were opened to the fact my eggs were stock-piling.
I needed to do something because...
God was creatively providing.
Then He dropped the idea into my head to call the
little country farm market where we buy our feed to see if they
wanted to buy my eggs to resell.
So I did.
Sure enough, they were eager to buy them.
I hopped on my horse and buggy and took them five dozen eggs.
I got store credit to put towards our feed.
It was dejevou
(I have no idea how to spell that and neither does my spell-check. Dang French).
I felt like I was reliving an episode of Little House on the Prairie.
But Nellie Olson was nowhere to be found.
Thank goodness.

You guys, I was reeling with delight.

Delight, I tell you.

I couldn't believe that I had done such a Proverbs 31-type thing.

When I got home I told Brenden all about it.
Hoping he wouldn't make fun of me.
He said,
"Mom, you've just started an empire."

Don't you know it!

So guess what else I did?

I ordered 15 pullets last night.
Oh, yes I did.

*That's female chicks for you civilians*

I also made an "Eggs For Sale" poster to hang on our church bulletin board.
Oh, yes I did.
Nothing can stop me now.

*Insert evil greedy laughter*

An empire?

Creative provision.


Karin said...

That is SO COOL, Lori!! :) I love that you are giving God credit for all of it and I hope that your egg empire is wildly successful! :) My sister sells eggs at church and they are always gone in 5 minutes. There are never any left over.

Vicky said...

God is faithful and I love hearing about His provisions for your family!

Jennifer said...

That's seriously awesome! Good for you! God provides for us, sometimes we just have to step back and realize how He meets our needs in small ways as well as big. :) So awesome girl!!!

Anonymous said...

God is so good!

Angie said...

I want some eggs!!!! Have you found a way to ship them yet? :)

Myers Monologue said...

We have chickens too and they are laying small eggs right now. Around here they are getting $3.00 a dozen for farm fresh eggs.

Melissa said...

Thats awesome !! If you lived close I would buy my eggs from you. :)

Nicole A. said...

You're awesome! What a cool idea. And I do love that blog post title, too! Good luck with the chickens!

All the best,
Nicole A., now in LA

Chad and Kristy said...

You have really got me wanting my very own chicken coop! I am such a city girl but I have recently moved to the country so who knows... we may be sharing chicken stories in the future...

You got me hungry for some country cooking!!

Anonymous said...

That is too cool! Wish I lived close enough to buy some eggs from you.

Kim K. said...

What a beautiful post. I'm so happy for you. You need to do a photoshoot of your precious chickens.

patty said...

Did I ever tell you about the lady that came to our house when I was in 5th grade and said that she was talking to her chickens and they told her that my brother was her son and she brought him a bag of food? That chicken talk can make you loopy....beware my friend....LOL!!

Adrian Roberta said...

...not gonna call you a 'hick'....not gonna call you a 'hick'.....not gonna call you a 'hick'


kiddin' of course, I think that is pretty darn cool!

Girly Girl Mommy said...

You are so funny! A friend sells her organic eggs for $3.50 a dozen and they sell like crazy. She brings them to the dance studio and folks have weekly pick ups- 1 doz every week. Her hobby turned into a big business. May your empire grow for His glory!

Mia said...

Thanks for sharing your story on God's provision in your daily! God is amazing...He's done many things in our I call it, Evidence of God's our church on sundays, the pastor will ask ,what has God done in your life this week? then people start to name all the things they have seen...

Anonymous said...

You know there is a type of chicken that lays green eggs. (just the shells are green not the whole egg.) You might consider getting some to add some color to your chicken empire. :)

Sally-Girl! said...

I was just telling Big Rob five minutes ago that I wanted to start raising my own organic chickens! We may need to have a midwest and a west coast empire!!

Hezra said...

YAY!! I love this! I too love talking with my fat feathered ladies. Ours are young and not yet laying. *sigh* but I think another month should have the olders of the crew laying. I am praying for this provision and creativity too. I NEED it. I may add three more kids to me crew soon....

Tesseraemum said...

You are seriously making me want to build a coop in our suburban backyard. I am going to check with the city!!! Hey and the kids can show them in 4H too!

btw, Lucy looks so grown up in her toothless pic!!

Anita said...

What a cool way for the Lord to show you HIS provision!! LOVE IT! And by golly, I think you've got an empire started! Hey, it could be a new Little House on the Prairie episode. Now to come up with the name! (and by the way we LOVE that show!) :)

Marie-Claude said...

Cool, love to be see the rise of an empire. Keep on!

... here is my two cents ...since I'm from Montreal and speak French to my kids and at work..

it's spelled : Déjà vu

Loved your way though!


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