Sunday, October 4, 2009

Welcome, Bella

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across the Italian word for beautiful: Bella. Right away, it tucked itself inside my heart. I knew it would be the name of something new in my life.

I kinda sorta thought maybe I'd be getting a dog.
Last Thursday afternoon, (just three days ago???), my daughter and I were heading across town on errands. Caught sight of something for sale, on a nearby sidestreet. Stopped to look.

Several hours later, look what was parked in my driveway . . . this is the view from my bedroom window, where I looked out the next morning, just to be sure, since I thought I'd dreamed it all.

Let me introduce you to Bella, my new "friend." I've framed this picture in what might be the last view of my flowers, since predicts six inches of snow tonight.

Here's the view from the front passenger seat:

Here's the bathroom, complete with flushing toilet and an actual shower:

I'm standing at the bathroom door, looking forward now. The biggest sleeping area is over the front of the cab.

Honestly, I don't have a clue why I just bought this camper. I certainly am NOT flush with "extra" money. Yes, I dreamed of driving a camper all around the US coast, but that was a dream I shared with my husband. And I figured the dream vanished when he did. Am I holding onto that dream? Nope, doesn't feel like that.

All I can tell you is that when I first caught sight of her, I "recognized" her. The next few hours were filled with checking her out, praying, talking with the previous owner, praying, having my son Ben and his wife help with a test drive, praying, and then finally writing that check. I tucked myself to sleep that night in disbelief and wonder.

From the next morning, and continuing until now, I've been asking God what might be the primary "purpose" behind this purchase. What I keep hearing is: I want you to trust Me, dearest. Just keep your hand in Mine. You'll know what you need to know, when you need to know.
Okay, God. You and me. And Bella, of course.


Elizabeth said...

Welcome to the family, Bella!!!! That is so awesome - I totally thought you were getting a dog, too! I can't wait to hear what kind of adventures you and Bella have together. You know, there generally isn't any snow in Mississippi in December (or Japan right now, but Bella doesn't appear to be one of those amphibious vehicles). Happy trails!

A.Marie said...

OH! I love that word, "Bella!" And, it certainly fits the newest Member of your family...she definitely looks beautiful! It is going to be exciting to see what God has in store for the 2 of you! :)

Sharon said...

Bella is whispering,"Drive to MS. Drive to MS. Drive to MS." Listen to her, sister!

Lauren said...

I want you to trust Me, dearest. Just keep your hand in Mine. You'll know what you need to know, when you need to know.

that is simply bliss.
Welcome Bella! Good times ahead!