Huzzah! I’m back! Ready for my new Hope Chest Series?
Well! After having spent a week down in Sevierville, Tennessee, volunteering for the National Bible Bee, one may become extremely exhausted! But let me tell you — it was all worth every minute! There is no better place to hear the Word written and recited continuously then at the Bible Bee! I kid you not; every step you take you hear of some blessing, a word of encouragement, and best of all the Gospel being proclaimed day in and day out! Praise the Lord!
He is raising up a strong generation of young men and women who run after the Word of God! We will triumph! We will conquer all so long as we have His firm foundation beneath our feet! Glory to our Father in Heaven! He is saving a remnant for the day of trouble! Though we live in a world filled with darkness, His light will shine through His people, and He will advance His Kingdom through us! Praise the Lord!
This Hope Chest of mine has a story all of its own. Let me share it with you.
Before my unforgettable 16th Birthday (Spring 2011) came around, we as a family were madly searching for some sort of an old chest that would become my Hope Chest. Living in southern Ohio, one would think having the accessibility of a beautiful handcrafted, Amish-made, delicious smelling chest would be the first and only option. At least that’s what I had my heart set on. So we went out “shopping” around all of the Amish furniture stores in Adam’s County. The stores had a very lovely selection; some were carved, some were purposefully unfinished for a rustic look, while still others had the promising appearance of firm, solid wood elegance. I loved them all! However, the chance of securing an Amish-made Hope Chest was not to be.
After several weeks of searching, Providence led Mom’s attention to an ad on our home school groups latest advertisements, and there before her eyes, was an ad that read Hope Chest for sale. You may be thinking, “Oh neat!” I on the other hand did not. No, I was very skeptical, and from the look of the chest on the ad, I knew that it was not my chest. “But Jess, we could never find a better priced chest in Amish country.” Mom pointed out. I sighed. She was right! The prices were high, but what could you expect for a brand-new Hope Chest? $600. What else?
We discussed this new option for a long while, and through the course of that conversation, I was told that the Home School family who was selling the chest had put it up for sale to help fund their attempt at adopting an orphan baby! My heart relented. How could I walk away from the opportunity of helping a Christian family adopt an orphaned baby? Suddenly I loved that Hope Chest, despite it first impression! I wanted to help this family! And what a special thing to have blessed this family through a Hope Chest! It was meant to be.
This lovely Lane Hope Chest is a true Hope Chest from top to bottom! The interior is lined in cedar, and it can be a comfy bench as well as a chest. The family who we bought it from had done a little work on it to spiff it up after its many years of use (it had been the mom’s chest since her teens, and she too had used it as a Hope Chest until she married!) Thus, they reupholstered the carpet-bag bench seat with the red cotton, and added the iron black handles. I have often thought of reupholstering it, but every time I do, I realize how much I like the red! And perhaps one day I too will exchange the iron black handles for something more vintage-esque. We will see…
In my last post, I said I would have pics of one item found in the chest. Well, I have several! This was a gift given to me by one of the sweet young mothers we know from Church. Let me just say, she is the most thoughtful of young moms I have ever known, and definitely she shows it in her choice of gifts!
Hmm… Do you know what this is (without scrolling down)?
Ah! Here we are! A bundle of red Target bags, and a brand-new gardening-tools kit! Oh, can it get any better? Me + Flowers + Gardening Kit = Flower Gardener. Who would have thought? (Oh yeah, that is going to be my new big project for next year, if you haven’t already heard.) 🙂
Oh yes. The young mom is also a technology geek to the MAX! You don’t want to know what she’s like without her iPod! I don’t know if there will be a day when I will be saying that, but I could vouch for one particularly close relative. Hem, hem. Oh Chaarrlloooootttee! Now I’m not pointing fingers! Just say’n! Haha!
Okay. I usually don’t point out my own personal issues, but I have to say, these red-hot target bags really bring out my rash-like break out! That’s a long story for another day. Perhaps a beauty post is coming up?
One last thing I have to say about the giver of these gifts: she LOVES gigantic bags!!! There was a point where I too had an unexplainable passion for this fashion, but right now I am content with my nice little purse. I have an odd feeling that will disappear as soon as I am married and have my first baby. I have heard over and over that when you’re a young mom with a few hands to hold, you also need a few handles to grab.