We gained $250 from our garage sale where we sold about $3,000 worth of stuff. Not exactly the "buy low, sell high" philosophy, is it? I know it's just stuff and I know it decreases over time. That's why we call it stuff instead an investment. Anyway, we couldn't even give away some things, but I consider the day as a success.
The night before the garage sale we hosted a small group discussion with the young adults group. We took on joint leadership of the church group for people aged 20-30. Seems to fit us well because we are still young enough to relate, but old enough to pour some wisdom into their lives.
One of those young adults, Rebekah, is selling everything she owns and moving to Australia. She'll attend the Hillsong school there and find her place in ministry. She earned refrigerator rights a long time ago. that means she can come in our house any time she likes and eat whatever she wants out of the fridge. There is a certain level of friendship one must attain in order for refrigerator rights to be established.
Anyway, she felt led to give all of her Earthly belongings away during our garage sale and accept only donations of whatever people decided to give. That's a big step of faith.
Even though we were up late with the house guests we woke up at 5:00 AM to get the garage sale ball rolling. That may be normal for some, but for the 4 Webbs that is really, really early. Easton and Layla slept in and missed almost half of the action. They were amazed by the concept of laying all our stuff on the driveway.
They found all kinds of toys and books. They suddenly became interested in the items which languished on their shelves for the past year without even a second glance. No mercy though! We stuck to our guns and held nothing back. The proceeds from our sale went straight into the Disneyland fund. We are working towards fully funding that trip next spring. The best vacation is the one that doesn't follow you home (in the form of credit card bills). We are committed to sacrifice whatever it takes for us to be financially responsible and have the time of our lives at Disneyland.
Easton and Layla are both blossoming socially. They are learning to love every person who walks through the front door of our home. It is important for children to be in an environment where they can receive love. Easton and Layla are a step beyond this. They know our home is safe place and they are free to give love. Our friend Kyle stretched out in the recliner to rest and Layla climbed up to give him some cuddles and hugs. He returned the hug and Layla said "I'm not your nu-nu!" She was referring to her little animal safety blanket, which she cuddles with every night.
Easton and Layla gave new meaning to the word Twinpact. They both jumped up into the chair with Kyle at the same time and the recliner fell over backwards. That didn't stop them from continuing the rough housing though!
Another of our friends came through our house for the first time since we moved in. I'm not fond of real estate agents at all, but he is a friend who I trust and value his opinion. Anyway, his unfiltered, untainted assessment of our house was, "This is a safe, comfortable place. The kids and you two have such love for one another and it shows in how you treat each other as well as the atmosphere in the house." I wasn't even fishing for compliments so this out-of-the-blue assessment was welcomed as an encouragement to keep on doing what we're doing.
See you soon!