Thursday, December 19, 2013
FIVE Years of Penny Finding!
Today is the 5 Year Anniversary of the day I threw out the Challenge to the Universe … “I have given up on the Dream House Project - it seems impossible given all the restrictions and setbacks. Plus, it is neither a logical nor a financially wise course to take. If however, YOU deem that I am to continue working toward this goal, then YOU show me a sign -- maybe a penny or something to indicate I should proceed in that direction. ”
Look at what happened!!! There was a penny that next day, and the next day … and the next … and the next. After ten days, I began jotting down a few notes about the coin finds. And thus, “Penny Tales” was born.
On August 5, 2009, after 229 Days of Consecutive Penny Finding (and proceeding on Faith) we were unexpectedly led to a new bare parcel of land in a different city. (I had presumed we were going to build on the bare land we already owned). After a few days of research, we placed an offer on the new lot and the next day the offer was accepted! After that, there was one miracle after another.
A penny (or more) every day as the dream (which became known as the Penny Palace) unfolded. For 1,393 days (until the Open House) the Angels delivered COINS and COINcidences. Over that period, the Angel antics touched the lives of hundreds of people throughout the world.
Once we moved into the Penny Palace, the wonderful stories continued. We put our previous Pomona “starter home” (of 31 years) up for sale. Several times the deals fell through. The escrow process with the final buyers was nothing short of frustrating, but it has proven to be such a blessing! The new owners frequently post family photos on Facebook which allow Doc and I to “visit” with some of the special aspects we built into the house (such as the Octagon skylight). Just this week, the new owner sent me a picture of the Fireplace Mantel -- and her collection of ANGELS she had displayed there. Is that COINcidence or what? How Perfect!
What have we all learned this past year? LISTEN to the NUDGINGS! Here is today’s example: While writing this note to you tonight, the phone rang at 10 p.m. An unexpected guest would be arriving within the hour! EEKS. I scrambled to wash dishes and clean the house. The Nudging said, “Forget the cleaning. find this man a Balloon!” I argued, “What? I have 45 minutes before he arrives, just where will I find a balloon?” I searched my garage. Found a bag with 6 or 7 balloons: a green frog, a cowboy boot, a Get Well, an I Love You , and a Rainbow. I put the bag away thinking none of those were appropriate. The Nudging said to blow up the Rainbow! I argued. “What Guy wants a Rainbow balloon?” The Nudging said to hurry and inflate the balloon.
When Chaz arrived we chatted for quite a while in the front foyer. He said he had been somewhat dismal lately, but that starting tomorrow he had a feeling things were going to take a turn for the better -- just like in his Rainbow story. I asked him “What Rainbow Story”? He shared with Doc and I. Then I shared with the two of them about the Rainbow Balloon Nudging and ran to the other room to fetch the balloon. COINcidence???
How do you condense the experience of FIVE YEARS of Penny Finding and hundreds of “miracles” into one posting? It simply can not be done.
REMEMBER: It’s not the Money that Matters, It’s the MESSAGES!