Saturday, April 18, 2009

New Bicycles

I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my very own eyes. Jonas & Mary Lehman from the next farm bought brand new shiny bicycles for all thirteen of their children! It wasn't enough that they got their brand new pony cart for Christmas, they had to get new bicycles too!

I am trying really hard not to covet. However, it puts a real bee in my bonnet when I see the Lehman's with their fancy new pony cart, new work boots, and now new bicycles and our farm is struggling. Some months it seems it's all we can do to buy new tablets for the children's school work.

I'm feeling sort of guilty about spending my egg money now. Jacob would really think me foolish if I confessed. Bunny said I should remember now that thing which I always tell her: "This too shall pass". Bunny says I am a kept woman, kept by this farm and the laptop was a gift to myself and well-deserved. I don't completely agree, but either way, I can't so much as return it now. After all, I've been hiding it in the barn and it sort of carries that smell of hay and cow-patties. I will admit, that writing has helped me feel a little more sane this past week.

At least we have our dairy cows that still provide us with an income. In the meantime, no more fancy lotions and the boys will just have to wear patches on their work pants a little longer. I am grateful that I am richly blessed with my own family. These ten kids are precious to me. I reckon who needs new bicycles when I have my family?

God Bless,


Ruthykins said...

yeah, family is most important. seeing the lehmans with new bikes doesn't make your bikes less good.

Puphigirl said...

It doesn't do any good to covet what the neighbors have. It just makes you not appreciate what you have.

Remember, Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.

Anonymous said...

Wow that's a lot of bikes. I have a hard time not being envious of others too. It's something I struggle with every day.

mrbusdr said...

I wonder if they got their bikes from S&L Bike shop on CR 24. Their son used to ride a unicycle in parades. Probably none of the bikes were recumbent. Those were very popular for a few years in the community. The Hershberger brothers had a good business going building them for a while. EJ bought one and he let me ride it a few times.