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The Stones Paid for My School Clothes

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Single Mom Surviving: Many people pray for wealth and prosperity in upfront ways, like "God, please let me win the lottery," or "God, could you please give me a raise at work?" When I pray for prosperity, I say this simple prayer, and it always seems to work: "God, please allow me to use the gifts you've blessed me with to recognize the resources you've placed around me in order to prosper."

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So ... as I was mowing my lawn the next day, pondering my impending divorce, the sale of my home, and how to come up with money for back-to-school clothes and supplies, I was jolted from my thoughts as my lawn mower banged into the cobblestones around my flowers. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks: these pretty little rocks are worth something! As I mowed around them, I counted a total of 175 cobblestones that would not be coming with me when I downsized to a more manageable place to live next month. They seemed the perfect solution to back-to-school costs, and when you're a single mom surviving, resourceful is a way of life.

I have never used an Internet selling site before, so I decided to see what Craigslist was all about. It is the easiest selling site to navigate, and "cash only" is what people expect. Surprisingly, TONS of people were selling cobblestones. I took the average selling price, which was $2 per stone, and hoped someone in my area was looking to spruce up their yard for the fall. Whoever this person was would also be helping my kids get what they needed for school without Mom being super stressed out.

My first response to the ad was an a-hole trying to talk me down over half my asking price. Thanks but no thanks, buddy. I've got backpacks and school supplies that cost way more than that! It pisses me off when you get people like this. I paid almost $4 for these stupid little rocks, I'm asking only $2, and they are in perfect condition. Being greedy gets you nowhere, and even desperation wouldn't make me call this guy back.

The second response was from a nice woman from a neighboring town who always dreamed of having cobblestone-lined flower beds. She was just like me. A wife and mom to a few kids with big hopes and dreams for her life. She asked me to send a picture and I did. They were just what she was looking for. A couple days later, she came down with her family and I helped her load them up into her field of dreams while her kids ate pizza in the back and dropped the crusts on the floor. Such a typical family like mine. It made the loss of these cornerstones in my life more bearable.

She paid me in cash, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief. The stones paid for my school clothes and then some. Was I sad to see these stones go? The practical side of me says no. They were rocks, and I couldn't take the rocks with me. I will think of those silly little rocks as I watch my kids get dressed for school in new clothes, feeling good about themselves. This single mom pulled off this feat in less than five days, without a single gray hair or added wrinkle from the stress. All from a single prayer.


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Shannon Smith August 31, 2009, 6:10 PM

Awesome story of Faith. Love it!

abbi September 1, 2009, 2:32 PM

my father used to give me these barbie dolls but not let me play with them telling me “they’d pay for my college tuition” because they’d be collectors items.
anyway, i guess that’s why he felt justified blowing my college fund and not telling me one more before tuiton was due.
so i’ve been graduated for two years now, and
anyway, last month was tight, i took those barbie dolls and sold the whole lot of them for $110 to an adorably sweet grandmother for her grandchildren to play with.
so much for “college tuition” but it was priceless in soul cleansing!

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