A Rather Nice Saturday Morning.

I go to the library frequently. I often check the shelves where they keep all the books that have been put on hold to see if any of my requested items have arrived. It is always an exciting couple of seconds - that short walk to the shelves. This morning was no different. I woke up at the sunny hour of 8:45am which is unusual for me in general and even more unusual on a Saturday. I am like a small babe in that I need 9 to 10 hours of sleep to feel completely rested. With all of my extra morning time, I decided to get ready early and run a few errands. Tiptoeing out to the living room, I turned the air conditioner down from the blasting state that we keep it at during the night due to the poor ventilation in our apartment. After that, I quietly closed Linden's door so she would not hear me clattering around in the bathroom and running water. This is also to prevent the sound of the Keurig coffee maker in the kitchen from being heard, as one could mistake it for a motorcycle in the living room or a small jet plane overhead. After I showered and unpacked some clothes from a duffle bag (from a recent trip to Michigan's UP), I grabbed my wallet, two checks I had to deposit, and a smattering of library books I needed to return.

These checks were $8 each and were going to be a bit of a lifeline for the next week. Bills had just been paid, so my bank account was dwindling toward low. As I was pulling out of the parking lot, I was talking with God and told him, "Well, going to trust you to provide this week. Not sure how I'm going to afford gas to get to downtown St. Paul and back three times." After that, I drove casually to the bank where a Wells Fargo ATM was waiting to take those checks off my hands.

Drew and I are always amazed at the robot-like qualities these new ATMs have. You just slide your checks or cash through a little slot, it scans them, asks you to confirm the amount, and then deposits them instantly! It's really just a thrill. After I deposited the money, I selected the button that said 'View Balance' to see if the $16 had actually made it in. However, there was a whopping $55 in my account. This was strange. I was confused and figured the ATM might have made a mistake as there was no way I had that much in my checking, so I shrugged it off until I got home. When I pulled up my statement online, there was the money, completely unexplained, sitting in my checking account. Just enough for gas for the week. Can I just say,

THE LORD PROVIDES FOR ME.

Let's just pause for a moment and take in the fact that this happened for real.

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Okay, we're back.

After visiting the ATM, I went to the library and returned my books. This is always a satisfying feeling and a bit of a weight lifted as I fear the fines added to my account for overdue items and voicemails left from the automated android woman. I then went to check the Holds section (which is always a treat as I said before), but unfortunately there was nothing waiting for me. A real shame. Sometimes when I don't know what to read, I walk through the other shelves and look at what other people have put on hold. I figure that if they took all the time to request it, it must be a story worth reading. Something recommended to them or an author that they love. I've found many a great book doing this.

Well, that's all I have for you. It really was a nice Saturday morning. I hope yours was the same.