I think a normal part of growing up in North America is dreaming that one day you'll own your own home and be able to buy your own appliances, etc. Long ago when our dream of owning a house was forefront in our minds we went to the bank and had a little discussion with a mortgage consultant. He stared at us in disbelief when we gave him the facts. It makes me kind of laugh now to remember it! God really shut that door and He had great timing, as usual.
After the home owner hope dissipated I eventually gave up all those type of dreams and was really content with whatever hand-me-down things we had.
When we moved here to the Philippines I first imagined that apartments here were like apartments you rent back home. All the nice appliances are included, etc. Well, that simply is not the case. Apartments are listed as "partially furnished" if they come with light fixtures. Quite literally there are wires sticking out from our apartment ceiling where we need to wire in a new light socket.
The fun news is this: we got to buy a new stove, fridge and washing machine! I've never owned these things before! I feel like I've made it through a rite of passage or something.
Thank You, Lord for blessing us with simple pleasures like having a brand new fridge. You didn't have to do that.