A God thing

Last spring when John and I were talking about adopting again, one of the things we talked about was upcoming expenses. Our roof is old and we live in a windy area. After every wind storm John gets up on the roof and patches a few more places and says we really need a new roof one of these days.

Somehow, though, when we saw the pictures of our girls, the need for a roof seemed less important. We thought of it– yes. But we decided that since God was obviously leading us to these kids, He could also take care of a detail as mundane as a roof. Either He’d make it stick or He’d provide us with money to fix it. And so we moved forward with the adoption, hoping we weren’t being too foolhardy.

Well, the roof hung in there. We got the kids home. Then two weeks ago we got home from a camping trip to find patches of roofing missing all over. A huge windstorm had blown through the area while we’d been in the mountains. It had taken a small tree down AND made a mess of our poor roof. Other times the damage had been 3 or 4 shingles here or there. This time I counted 30 missing shingles in one small patch of the roof. It was down to bare wood in some places. We knew it was time to call a roofer.

The roofer got up on the roof and declared that the roof was a wreck. Huge portions were ‘floating’– meaning, they looked ok from the ground but when you get up on the roof and tug at a corner, they aren’t attached anywhere. The roofer really thought our insurance company would give us a new roof, since the damage was so extensive. We hoped so– to fix our huge, steep, many-angled roof was going to cost nearly $8000.

But when I talked to our insurance man, I got a less optimistic story. He said roofs rarely are as bad as homeowners think they are, and that most likely they’d be able to patch it. He said he’d send out the adjustor and let us know. The adjustor came and right away said he was going to arrange to have the roof tarped. Promising, I thought. But still we thought we’d be unlikely to get the whole roof paid for. Maybe a couple thousand though…. even than much would help.

Well, today the adjustor delivered his final numbers. Amazingly, he agreed with everything the roofer had said about our poor sad roof. Even more amazingly, his estimate of cost was only $300 less than the roofer’s, and when he called the roofer, the roofer agreed to meet the insurance man’s estimate. Bottom line: insurance is paying $7100 of the $7600 bill.

A new roof, straight from God.

God is good.

Even in the storms.

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  1. nice.

  2. Wow I am so happy to hear that you are getting a new roof…
    Def blessings from above for the roof above…..

  3. Thanks for sharing this. It’s amazing how we are truly in the palm of His hand.

  4. I am not surprised! Wonderful news, Mary.

  5. I just love what God has in store for us when we follow His plans. He knew those girls were waiting – He planned it. He knew he’d provide for you to have your roof repaired.

    He’s a miracle worker that God of ours!

  6. Wow! God is so good!

  7. If that isn’t a beautiful living metaphor, I don’t know what is. Enjoy your new roof. I hope the installation is quick and painless for everyone! 🙂

  8. How wonderful! God IS good all the time!!

  9. PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These stories need to be told more and more b/c people are most often hesitant about adopting due to expenses and “pressing” needs…..like a roof!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL GLORY TO OUR LORD! And thanks for being a testimony of moving forward in the adoption even with needs at home! And thanks for sharing so that we could all grow in faith with you!!!!! Love you, Mary!

  10. God is awesome.

  11. Isn’t it wonderful that when we are obedient He is ready and willing to supply ALL our needs? He is awesome!

    Thanks for sharing your blessing with us!

    I am encouraged by your faithfulness. Have a great day!

  12. I guess that wind storm was really an “act of God” as they say in the insurance lingo.

    Praise be!

  13. Awesome! I know that you will look at this roof every day and thank God for His blessings because He provided by giving you a roof and by giving you those precious girls.

  14. bloginmyeye says:

    chills…yay God!

  15. Wow! Just like the song, “I’ll praise You in the storm!” awesome! God takes such good care of us, doesn’t He? 🙂

  16. Wonderful!

    Amazing, God! [:-)

    Love, Rachel (the one with the goosebumps and tears ……)

  17. I love stories like this.

  18. Awesome.

  19. Thank you so much for this post. My husband and I are getting ready to apply for our first adoption (from Kyrgyzstan). Last night, I looked at a piece of paper with a huge number on it — the amount of money it’s going to cost to get our child home. I was so overwhelmed. I just cried out to God in helplessness because I don’t know how we’re ever going to come up with that much money. But I also told my husband I thought I was already past the point of no return. This isn’t just this vague term called “adoption” anymore; it’s a child’s future we’re dealing with now.
    So I know we have to just step forward in faith… somehow…

    Your blog has really blessed my life. Thanks.

  20. what a great moment! Thank God for His Provisions.

    🙂 Have a great weekend!

  21. Such a cool, cool story! Thanks for taking the time to share it! You are SO right about God being good all the time!

  22. WOOHOOO!!!!!!!!

  23. How Awesome! I am feeling a little weepy at God’s provision for your family.

    He truly is an Awesome God!!!!

    Have a great weekend,

  24. Wow.

  25. God is good. All the time!!!

  26. I love hearing wonderful stories like this. And it couldn’t have happened to a lovelier family. 🙂 I am so happy that it worked out so well for you.

  27. Yeah!! I love this post and what an awesome example of how things work out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  28. WOW…I just stumbled across your blog and I’m glad I did! What a blessing to read!

  29. What a wonderful story! I’m so pleased for you. I love that God blessed you with a new roof. 🙂

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  30. Praise God! I loved reading this testimony of your Faith in God to provide! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    God Bless,


  31. That is such great testimony to His goodness and faithfulness-put first things first and He will take care of the smaller details.

    praising God with you;

  32. Mary–

    What a great story of faith and trust rewarded!!!


  33. God is good all the time…
    It even appears he brought a storm to bring the blessing.

  34. God is faithful even in the smallest of things…well, I guess a roof is kinda big, but you know what I mean! It’s amazing how many times throughout our adoption we’ve wondered how we were going to pay for something…and everytime it worked out. To Him be the Glory! I enjoy reading your blog. Many blessing to you and your family (and your house with it’s new roof)!