Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Flying Piano

Recently a piano flew through the air and landed in my livingroom. Really, it did. My husband had found a piano listed for a good price, but after many measurements, we were sure it would never fit up the stairwell of our house - we are in the upper duplex. So having the opportunity to acquire this beautiful oak, shaker style piano had to include a way to get it in the house.
Well, wouldn't you know that Duck's friend H (mentioned here and here), her dad is a crane operator. We have been friends with this family for long before the two girls were born and our relationship has always had complimentary give and take to it. This, however, can be filed under 'extraordinary'. His offer to lift the piano over the top of the house and into the front balcony was met with some skepticism from all the adults, his wife included. But he assured all of us that it would go off without a hitch.

So the deal was done, the piano purchased (for less than the oringinal asking price) and on its way. These are the pictures of the piano's progress...first the crane parked in the driveway at the back of the house lifting the piano over the peak:

This is the piano coming over to the front of the house, coming in for the landing (remember, the crane operator can't actually see the front of the house - his oldest son is directing him via walkie talkie):

And then, finally, reaching the balcony where two very strong men were waiting to move it into the house:

So the arrival of a new piano at an excellent price was the first part of the blessing. The second part happened when I pulled out some school records from a few months ago and read my hand writing about Duck's progress in music. I had forgotten about this statement:

"...we've outgrown the keyboard for advancing our abilities to play and are hoping to find a piano we can afford. Oh, well if the Lord is willing."

I had long forgotten that short prayer I offered up as an expression of my heart's desire. Well, obviously God was willing! We have had the piano in our living room only a short time, but it has been enjoyed very much by all, especially my husband. No, he doesn't play - he's a good listener.
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Mrs. Parunak said...

What a neat story, Kim! Isn't God so good?

This reminds me of the time I asked God for a piano. I don't play, but my husband does, and we wanted our children to be able to learn. It was only a short time later (I think on the order of a few months) that some dear friends moved back to India and could not take their piano with them. Their family offered it to us! It's amazing how God loves to bless us when we just lift the matter up to Him and leave it in His hands.

Mary/Canadagirl said...

What a NEAT post of what God did to give a hearts desire. I have had similar stories but different details. [0=

I pray you enjoy your time on the piano making beautiful music.

Blessings in Him<><

Anonymous said...

I just love it when the Lord shows Himself in ways like this. He certainly knows our hearts desires!!!

How absolutely wonderful!!! Enjoy your God-given blessing!!!

Thanks for sharing,

whirlwind said...

WOW! What an good way to problem-solve! =) So glad that you have it in your home safe and sound. May you enjoy it for many years to come.

Belle said...

That is a neat story! I hope you all enjoy your piano!

I am having a give away at my blog. I found your blog through Huber Hof's blog.


Sombra said...

if you're on the prairies, i know a great young piano tuner, who's willing to travel to do tunings and repairs.. Ben Frostad a homeschool graduate and passionate musician too

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