16 & 17. These are the ages of my older 2 girls. While they are in no way "boy crazy" or dying to get out of the house, they are naturally thinking towards the home that God will let them one day have. They want to be ready and do their best for the Lord when that day comes.
Several months ago, one of their dear friends talked about having a hope chest and wanting to fill it with things for her future home. I'm so thankful for Godly friends in my girls life! So, Beth and Brenna began talking about wanting a hope chest as well. Patrick and I thought it was a great idea!
After lots of looking and hunting in thrift stores and yard sales, we just couldn't find one in their price range. Then, Patrick came across one at a thrift shop and brought it home. It was quite small, but Brenna loved it! So, she has her rustic, very adorable, wooden hope chest. Beth had not quite found the one that would suit her.... until we found a great sale at the Airport last weekend. My Beth found a quite large, Lane Hope Chest. Exactly what she wanted! Exactly!
I love to watch God grant the desires of my children's hearts. Of course, in our minds, these hope chests will be here, in our home, at the foot of our girl's beds, for years to come. But, I know the future comes all too soon. I'm thankful their heart is sincere in their desire to prepare for the future. I just hope I'm ready when that time comes.