13+ years have gone by since then and we were still using several of those things. The Washer and Dryer were long ago replaced and the couch was replaced a couple of years ago, but other including the dining room table were still in use. They weren't wonderful but they worked and we were glad to have them.
After our kids stopped using booster seats (which are really rough on chairs) we had decided that we would love to find a bigger and nice dining room table with matching chairs. We had a rather strong opinion about what we liked- Solid wood, medium color, sturdy, big enough for our family and then with extensions so it would get fairly large as we like to have company, something that would look like it could fit in a farmhouse (not ornate and no padded chairs).
As we started to look (a couple of years ago) a little in seemed like what we wanted wasn't too easy to find especially not in a price that we thought was very reasonable. The prices were definitely over $1,000 and though we thought about that price range that seemed like a lot and if we spent that much it would need to be on something we really loved- and we hadn't found that. This summer a garage saleing friend offered to keep an eye out for us and she found several dining room sets and I would get excited when she would call me up just to find out that it wasn't really what we were looking for and even used the large sets were around $1,000.
So we continued to patiently (well at least I tried to be patient!) wait.
And this weekend I just happened to be looking through an online sale site (a fellow barterer had directed me there to check out her album to see if there was something I wanted in exchange for something I had that she wanted) and I saw pictures of a dining room set. I showed them to Ken and was decided we would like to go look at it if it wasn't to far away. Well when I arranged going to see them I found out that they were less than a mile away!
We went to look at them and they were just what we were looking for at 1/3 of the price that we had been seeing. When we were talking about how to get it over to our house the man even offered to deliver it in his truck. What a huge blessing this was and we are so glad that we patiently waited rather than just buying the first things that we saw.
Being patient works for me! (Now hopefully this will help me to be more patient about other things that I would like to change in our house!)