Those of you who know Ernie well, know how much he loved his 2004 white Suburban, affectionately known as "The Burb". It was the second one he owned and regardless of the gas it consumed, it just fit his 'handyman' needs and suited our family well when all 6-8 of us wanted to go somewhere in one car. He also loved pulling his white Roadmaster trailer behind it, helping our kids with their many housing moves throughout the college years, using it to haul tools and supplies for projects he worked on in his business, and even transporting luggage for our youth when they headed to camp.
The myeloma and resulting damage to his sacrum made it more and more difficult for Ernie to drive as he found himself in a lot of pain while sitting upright. That, combined with his job loss, caused us to re-evaluate the need for two cars and the trailer. We decided it was time to sell the Burb and the Roadmaster. The hardest part was going to be finding the right "homes" for them...
As always, God was faithful to provide in such amazing ways. Bay Leaf Baptist needed a new trailer for their disaster relief efforts, and Ernie's trailer fit the bill to a tee! What a blessing it will be for years to come, knowing that the Roadmaster is being used for such a worthy cause, helping so many people in their time of need.
Then, we came to find out that our friends from Florida, Ken and Ruth Poirier, were in the market for a new Suburban. We have known each other for at least 25 years and consider them to be some of our closest and best friends. Our kids have grown up together, we love them dearly, and we couldn't be happier that they are now the proud owners of The Burb! An added bonus was a visit from them to pick it up and drive it back home to Florida. It was so good to see them and their daughter, MacKenzie.
We have had to do a lot of "letting go" in the past 7 months...everything from cats to cars. And yet, it causes one to realize even more, what really matters. In our case, we are fighting desperately for Ernie's health and long term remission, and whatever we must do, we will do. Praise God for giving us everything we need for the here and now...His word, each other, a home, a supportive family, great doctors, amazing friends, a car, food, insurance, the body of Christ and so much more! We are truly blessed and pray we will be found to be good and faithful servants.
"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."