Monday, August 31, 2009

Hope Chest

 When I was about 12 years old my great (step) grandmother past away. She went peacefully in her sleep shortly after my great grandfather had died from lung cancer complications. They both lived on their own in a house close to my grandparents home. When They past we has the daunting task of cleaning out the house so that we might rent it out for the time being. 
 While we were cleaning out the house, there were a few things that I got to keep for myself. A portable TV radio, a few blankets, some old jewlery, and a few pieces of furniture. One piece of furniture that my mom insisted I keep was an old hope chest that had been in their patio for years. It was in decent condition considering how old it was. The only thing that needed work was the hardware on the outside of the chest. So I cleaned it up and there it sat at the end of my bed. 

 Every so often my mom and grandmother would give me things to put in the chest. I did as they asked, and would often put things of my own in the chest. As I got older, started to get sick of having it in my room. Especially when we moved, because my new room in the new house was smaller than my old room. But still, I kept it.

 I kept that hope chest even when I got married. When we finally moved into this house, the house we purchased, I realized I need a more permanent space for the chest. I thought about using it as a coffee table. But we have a decently nice coffee table. So as I thought about it I noticed Adah toys were piling up in the living room, and need a more permanent space.

 That's when I decided to use the chest as a toy box for Adah and put the things in the chest in a more permanent spot. So I started to clean it out.

 I found the things that I new would be in there such as my baby photo book and baby scrap book, some of my baby clothes, and some other odds and ends. But then I found the true treasure.

 I found the (Ugg like) moccasins that my mom and dad got me from solvang when I was one They teold me all the time that they tried them on me and I would not take them off o they had to buy them. I found some really cool antique white coffee cups, and dessert plates. I also found some mother daughter aprons that my mom and I had. But the really wonderful thing I found was an email from Jon when we were in our "just friends" stage. It was dated May 28th, 2001, I was 16, and Jon was 18, and getting ready to graduate. Three months into our friendship. And this is what it said.

 Hi bud,

 How was your day? Mine was decent, I worked for 10 hours today, and three hours yesterday. I am so stinking tired. It is like 12 right now, or close to it. I have a question, what time is your daddy speaking on Wednesday? Also, if your could pray for me as the door is opening for me to speak at a church for their jr. high/ Sr. high groups. I am excited, but it is in a couple of weeks on a Wednesday, do I will be stressed. To tell you the truth, God has opened my eyes to allot of things, and I am thankful for the people he has put in my life. The opportunities and to be bold and take them!

I missed you this weekend, and I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

In Christ, 
Jonathan M. Lee

 When I read this, I didn't get emotional, but I became very thankful. That was before texting and we only emailed a few times. What I love about that email, was it was mostly about nothing, but the core was about ministry. Jon had such a desire even than to be in ministry and serve the Lord, that is still evident to this day and the Lord has richly blessed us because of it.
It was really cool reading it and looking at our daughter playing on the floor. She is just one of the great things that have come from serving the Lord.

 God is so good!


Sweet Melissa said...

My grandma gave me a hopechest on my 16th birthday. I love it! I have so much cool stuff in there that I can't wait to use! But right now it's full and I'm starting to pile stuff around it! haha!

Paule said...

I love it Alyssa Christine. We have such HOPE in the Lord and His goodness in our life. Funny how He used your HOPE chest to remind you of a few of the good things in serving the Lord.
Love, Mom

Alicia said...

What a gem! Dirk and I were just reading our old e-mails back and forth to each other from 2000. I am so grateful for the slow e-mails and I worry for our children who will not have that wait. It really did make the heart grow fonder and it's so amazing to look back on the days when we called each other "bud" and "friend." Thanks for sharing your discovery. :)

kellicdesign said...

awww what a sweet story! you guys are such an awesome couple and i know you will have many happy years together as a family! :)

Debbie said...

A treasure indeed.

mam-maw said...

Well, I got emotional for wasn't that it was a tear jerking storing...but just the fact of how the Lord has blessed the two of you with ministry, in your marriage and now giving you little Adah....
I just love you guys!