Thursday, April 26th 2012
Angels Like Peuce, Too.

“Sometimes God does very cool  stuff for you just because He loves you.”

Do you believe that? It was a statement made by my lovely therapist lady about  month ago and I considered it… and then almost forgot about it. I was reminded on Monday morning, and again yesterday afternoon.

Wednesdays, the kids get out a little early and I take them over to my mom’s. For some reason, the boys were VERY laid back and quiet and calm and kind and peaceful. Seth-6yr played with a miniature zen garden (tiny rake and sand) for TWO HOURS. I curled up on a quilt in a sunbeam and listened to the unusual peace of a house full of content (and maybe tired) boys.

My mother loves beach glass, and there have always been blue and green frosty pieces of beach glass in dishes around her homes for as long as I can remember. She was showing Seth-6yr a rare find, and I listened from my sunbeam as she described how she found a perfectly intact, whole, frosty glass bottle on a beach one day. She told him why that would be so rare to find an unbroken vessel like that. It had delighted her, as if someone had put it there just for her to find.


I very much believe Someone DID put it there just for her, just because He loves her.

I had a moment like that of my own on Monday. I was looking at Craigslist for trashy furniture and found a GORGEOUS chair. Normally, I’m looking for stuff to fix up and get rid of. But this was gorgeous, and needed nothing except a good home. It’s a curvy, carved chair from the late 60s and it has the EXACT color of Seriously Ugly Green fabric that I happen to REALLY adore right now. I’d call it peuce. Or Squished Pea. It’s my FAVORITE ugly color. There’s a lot of it in my bedroom right now.

It was $50. I don’t spend $50 on chairs I do not need, just because I want them.  I’m in a Minimal Expense Phase. (Except when I spent many times that amount a few weeks ago and then texted Mike to say, I JUST SPENT A LOT OF MONEY. ON MAKEUP. YOU SHOULD PROBABLY DIVORCE ME ALREADY. But that was an isolated thing. (the makeup was great,  Mike seemed to find it humorous, and was unmoved apparently in moving forward with legal stuff.)

But there was more to this Craigslist thing. There was a definite ‘go get the chair’ vibe coming from God. I texted the seller. A woman called me right back and told me to come get it.

I LOVE my ugly green chair. i really do. But that was just a bonus. The real blessing that day was meeting this tiny, full of joy, woman. She opened the door to her home, smiled a huge smile,  and threw her arms around me in a hug. She immediately told me she was 86 1/2 years old. I guess if you want to throw your arms around a stranger when you’re 86 1/2, you just do it. When she did this, she smashed her hand on the wall and then threw her head back and laughed about how she’d just broken a nail off. It was endearingly clumsy, and exactly something I would have done.

Her home was empty, except for the green chair that her family members had said no one would ever want. She was selling her house and moving in with a daughter, and that chair was about all that was left. She worried about a buyer, but then said that God would bring her the exact right buyer for her house just as He had brought the exact right buyer for her chair.

We sat on the hearth and she told me her life story. She and her chair had lived at the same lake in Central Texas that my family used to visit regularly when I was really young. The coincidence delighted us both. She wanted to know about the boys. About church. About God. About Mike. And then she gave me a tour of her home and told me why SHE had been the perfect buyer for the widow who sold it to her 13 years before.

An hour later, when I carried out the chair and put it in the car, she hugged me again and planted a sweet little old lady kiss right on my cheek and held my face between her hands and said, “You. Are. Precious.” And then she laughed, as if she were completely delighted with life and stood in the driveway and waved while I backed my car into the street.

I drove away talking to myself about that lady. She made me want to laugh and cry at the same time. I don’t think there was any particular spiritual message to be found. Just that sometimes when you’re feeling a little down, God can pick you up and send you off to a meeting with a little old lady angel type- and then the rest of your day and week seems to change course.

Just because He loves you.



13 Comments on “Angels Like Peuce, Too.”

April 26th, 2012
4:48 pm

Thanks for the reminder that God gives us little gifts every day, and we should watch out of them. sometimes we get so busy, we don’t even notice how good God is, all the time.
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April 26th, 2012
5:10 pm

I’m off to search Cragislist for my own little, old lady. I’m needin’ some of that somethin’ fierce about now.
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April 26th, 2012
11:19 pm

I could certainly use some old lady angel love right now. It has been a difficult week with my teenage daughter. She could probably use some too after dealing with her difficult mom. I’ll keep my eyes open for it:)

April 27th, 2012
9:07 am

Oh, what a fantastic post!

April 27th, 2012
1:43 pm

Does it sound weird to say that I cannot *wait* to be that little old lady – fearless when it comes to hugging and encouraging whenever I get a mind to?

Because if it does – so be it. And I fully intend to do it wearing a red hat, purple dress and blue hair! (But no ugly green anything! Grew up in a house full of avocado green appliances and shag carpeting – blech!)

April 27th, 2012
4:21 pm

love, love, love this post. I don’t know why it seems so hard after growing up in a Christian home and schools and all that jazz, and even though I have this crazy childlike faith, it is really hard for me to believe that God would actually want to give me anything good or special. I’ve been working through this for several weeks now after learning that verse in James that talks about how you must “believe and not doubt” if you ask God to give you wisdom. I had to admit that I doubt a whole lot more than I believe. I still have no idea how to jumpstart my heart and brain into really, truly, genuinely, wholeheartedly believing that God will move in my life. But I figure if He’s really who He says He is, that it will happen. And maybe, just maybe, He will send some beach glass or an 86.5 year old woman with a beautiful green chair to help that belief come into being in my life. I like the thought of that possibility anyway.

April 27th, 2012
6:25 pm


I pop in on your blog from time to time and I’m always touched by your honesty and determined ability to find a smile in almost every situation.

I love your green chair/little lady story. I am absolutely certain that God picked you to be the new caretaker of the green chair. I know that He arranges for certain of His children to “bump” into each other on our journeys…to offer a little encouragement and to deliver little messages of love from Him.

I am so pleased to have bumped into you here.

April 28th, 2012
6:14 am

This is so beautiful!!! I want to be just like her someday. Wow. This is like one of those heart warming stories you’d read in a book of collections of heartwarming stories. You should submit it, but you probably need to figure out how it impacted your life in some monumental way when you were struggling through a traumatic experience in life before you submit it for publishing. They always love that.

I believe too. For me, it used to be “Smile, God loves you” stickers. I’d see them everywhere and really believed that God was saying it each time because He knew I would be there in that exact spot at that exact time to see it. And it was just his way of reminding me personally.

I really love this story, Kelsey. It belongs in a book.

April 28th, 2012
8:40 am

She sounds wonderful. Being hugged by a stranger might not even be so bad if it’s by a delightful 86-1/2 year old lady. I’m glad you got to meet her and provide a good home for her green chair.

Aaron D
April 29th, 2012
8:48 am

You’re a blessing .

April 29th, 2012
4:09 pm

He really, really is.

i’m praying you see it – and Him – immediately. on craigslist or elsewhere.

Oh Paige! I’m sorry!! Praying it your way.

spoken like a sister! : )

oh me too!!! i just hope i’m not as clumsy by then. but that’s probably futile.

He’ll send something that is EXACTLY you – in all your youness – because He knows all of who you are.

thank you!!! so nice to meet you!!

you had me laughing out loud with your submission guideline ideas! And, of course, they were RIGHT ON. ha! i’ll always think of you when i see those stickers, now.

exactly!! anyone else would have freaked me out!!

hey!!! how are you? didn’t y’all have a baby since I last talked to you? (congratulations!!)

Aaron D
April 29th, 2012
11:48 pm

Yep , he’s fat and happy. More fat than happy :-P . just kidding. He’s awesome . Thank you for putting the smile on my face. I repeat , you’re a blessing. Praying for you .

Tracy VanPatten
April 30th, 2012
9:39 am

We need a LIKE button!!! That is so great, I want a little old lady friend!!! I know that green, we used to have alot of it in our house in the 60-70′s!! I’m glad that God met both of you that day with something special!!

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