Thursday, March 29, 2012

Some Babies Come with a Loaf of Bread Under Their Arm....

Little Abigail Clare came with a Prius!

My sweet husband is such a model of St. Joseph. Praise be to God we got some of our student loan debt cleared away this Spring. My little Carmelite family was finally looking like it was going to have a normal grocery budget.

Our little newborn daughter arrived and my husband became extra sad about his commute. To get an affordable house in the DC Metro Area, my husband commutes 150 miles round trip on the MARC train. He gets up at 4:30 AM and comes home at 7 PM. Many nights he holds Tess (our 18 month old) less than 10 minutes before she crashes and has to go to bed. My husband said couldn't imagine doing that same routine with Little Abigail from birth.

So we prayed hard for a couple of days.

I kept thinking about St. Joseph buying the donkey so that Mary could make the journey to Bethlehem.

St. Joseph came through! (He's such a great Saint for us. St. Teresa of Avila used him for all her urgent prayer requests). Today, my husband bought a Prius. The bank gave us a loan at a decent interest rate, which they said was impossible when we bought from Carmax ten months again.

So now we are going to eat rice and beans for a while. As I told Jon "It's rice and beans and Daddy coming home for dinner at 5:45 PM!" Daddy is what makes dinner special at our house, not the food!

Update: Prayer works! Jon said that a father of four ran to meet him at the car dealership today. He saw the stickers of 5 kids on our van. The salesman helped Jon pick out the right car. Then the finance person "pulled a few strings" to get us a ridiculously low interest rate for our credit score because my husband looked like a nice guy. See kids really do come cheaper by the half dozen.

18 comments:

Michelle said...

That is so great!
My husband says his dad always used to say that new babies come with a loaf of bread under their arm. And he had 8 kids!

Little JoAnn said...

SO beautiful.

St. Joseph came through!

I have a hunch it will be more than rice and beans!~~!

Christina said...

If you live in the DC area you should look into slugging. My Dad lives in Manassas and slugs into the Pentagon where he catches the metro. This saves on gas and is faster than that stupid train that's always late and ends up taking two hours one way.

Abigail said...

Christina, what is "slugging?"

Abigail said...

Little JoAnn, I have a feeling our grocery budget is going to be okay too. Whenever we walk out in trust, God always fills in the gap.

At least I'm finally out of a city apartment and have space to grow tomatoes this summer! As a Southerner, I really missed having green tomatoes to fry for the past six years.

Cryptic Star said...

My mom used to slug. Basically, there are predefined lots to park in near to where you live, and you stand near some bus terminal (usually), and commuters line up, call out where they're going and how many they can take ("2 to the Pentagon!") and people climb in and go. My mom loved it, home at a decent time, etc.

Sew said...

Amen, that is such a gift! So wonderful!

Sew said...

Slugging sounds risky, no? What if no one shows up to where you are going? :)

Christina said...

It's as Cryptic Star described. There is a lot by Potomac Mills that my dad uses. When I went up for the March for Life he drove in and picked up a slug to get into the HOV (why it's so great).

From what I've seen you don't need to call out, in fact the Pentagon has areas with little signs to specify where the people want to end up. You go to that area, specify how many you can take and go.

I haven't heard of any problems with it, although that was my concern as well. Typically the driver needs two people so you're getting a random car with a random other passenger who was standing in line with you. It would be very difficult for either one to commit assault (or for two people to arrange something).

If you want more information check this page out: http://slug-lines.com/

There is also a good wiki article on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slugging

Threadlady said...

Congratulations on the birth of your lovely daughter and your new car. I also drive a Prius and I hope you like yours as much as I like mine. I know you will all enjoy more time with Dad!

Threadlady said...

Congratulations on the birth of your lovely daughter and your new car. I also drive a Prius and I hope you like yours as much as I like mine. I know you will all enjoy more time with Dad!

sthenryii said...

That is so wonderful to hear! My Prius has over 160,000 miles on it and it's never given me one bit of trouble. Tell your husband he made a great decision.

Hilary said...

Congratulations on the arrival of beautiful baby Abigail Clare and on the new car! I am so happy for you that your husband's commute will be so much shorter. That makes a wonderful difference in the day.

Amazing Life said...

So happy for you all! Daddy does make supper better!

Little JoAnn said...

Funny you mention tomatoes...because I had that image in mind for you when I read about your post...

A garden for Abigail...

Being Refined said...

That is wonderful! God is good, all the time!

Joy Beyond the Cross said...

Yeah St. JOSEPH!!!!! Abigail - I love reading about how the Saints assist you and your family - it so inspirational! God Bless you guys!

Melanie B said...

Hooray for St Joseph and for daddies who arrive home in time for dinner and playing with the babies!