Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Faith = Blessings

I wanted to relate an experience that our family had a couple of weeks ago...

Our ward asked all of the families to keep track of their expenses for the month of May and to make a budget. Justin and I sat down early in the month and divvied up how we thought it should be spent. We have a rather "large" expense this month: Allison's tonsils are costing us $2000. Wow! More than we thought. Plus Justin is making quite a bit less money this year than any previous year so far working in MN. Also, we're trying to save for that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Disney World.

All of this means we have been cutting back drastically on everything. In fact, the only extra thing we could eliminate was piano lessons for Jacob and Isaac. So now I have to teach them again, and of course, it isn't going as well as I'd hoped. I hate the nagging to practice everyday. Where's self-motivation???

I'm so off track here...

My Mom also had told me about a comment made in her Sunday School regarding Fast Offerings: that if you are having financial trouble, pay double. Justin and I discussed it and decided to pay so much that it's uncomfortable. I have to be honest. When I was writing the check, I had little prayers going out.

You're wondering what blessings were poured upon us, right?

They were joking in church last week how we can't expect Heavenly Father to send us a check, but he kinda did for us. Not many days later, we received that exact amount of money we paid in fast offerings, via check in the mail. It wasn't signed Him personally, but I know He was blessing us.

The feeling I had when I saw these checks was amazing. It was almost like an out-of-body experience. My love for Heavenly Father grew and I was excited to share with Justin our "Dittmer Miracle."


  1. Uber-special story, thanks so much for sharing!

  2. JoAnne, my eyes tear up reading this. I am so thankful for your example of faith and sharing it with us. My testimony grew reading this. Thank you!

  3. that's a real touching story. What did the kids think about it? Blessings do not always work so quickly but they do eventually come.