God provides for a family

My husband and I were experienced teachers, but our combined salaries in a small private school were about what I had made as a first-year teacher years earlier. We could barely afford to go to a movie, and dinner out was reserved only for our wedding anniversary. I yearned to have children and to be a stay-at-home mom, but our joint income put us just above eligibility for government food stamps.

Relatives celebrated with us when our son, Marshall, arrived in a home birth a few years later. He was an active baby, especially at night when he kicked off his bed covers. When he woke up from the cold, this night owl wouldn't go back to sleep until daylight. Nor could we. But unlike Marshall, we didn't have the luxury of staying in bed. When a friend sent us a blanket sleeper, though, it was goodbye to sleeplessness—at least for a while.

April 8, 2002

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