Wanna hear something that will rock you back on your heels? I called the school to speak to the principal about our Sunday School project, to verify sizes of the children. The principal is a wonderful woman. I know her, and she is committed to 'her kiddos'. Always has been, and I have known her since my own were in elementary school. Much to my surprise, contrary to the reports going around the community about the suspected vandals, these are very good kids, excellent students, all accelerated readers, all on the honor roll. These are extremely good kids who love school. These are very good kids with a very awful mother. The principal said, doubtfully, "I guess you should not say, 'these kids would never...' but I find that hard to believe. They just wouldn't. These are really excellent kids.'
After the principal found out what I was doing, she was quick to share what she thought that they would love. She gave me sizes for them. I told her that I would like to buy them all sneakers, and perhaps even boots, but was not sure how to accomplish that. I'd already been told that the mother could not be trusted with gift certificates. And she said, "Leave that to me. I will give you a call with all three shoe sizes." Bless her heart!
Today, I was at the Walmart to pick up a prescription. Just for the heck of it, I went to price new winter coats. They were having a sale. I got the coats for $7. each! SEVEN DOLLARS! I bought a hot pink winter coat, a lime green winter coat, a silver jacket for the boy, the puffy ones that the kids like so much. I was able to get matching liners for them, so that they can layer them in extremely cold weather. The liners were also $7. each. Each one of them match with the scarves that we bought yesterday. A woman from church thinks her Sunday School class will be donating. This has all begun to take shape so quickly that I'm a bit amazed. We've already got a pretty large stockpile of stuff from our house alone. Already it seems as if this little project will easily outstrip anything I had envisioned. Already, this project seems as if it will become a very big deal.
I'm a little shocked, but I guess that I shouldn't be. I live in that sort of community. It's not perfect, but we take care of each other. And I have to say this, as well: when a project unfolds, perfectly, effortlessly, I really believe that this is God at work.