Showing posts with label anniversary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label anniversary. Show all posts

Monday, February 16, 2015

Broken {a love story}

Last week I shared my 'love story' over on Danielle's blog at Blissful And Domestic. She is doing a series through the month of February on 'Love Story's' and I was so honored to participate. 

So today, I thought I'd re-post our story here in honor of our twenty fourth anniversary. So here's our story, filled with tons of beautiful and hard

When I met my soon-to-be husband, I fell immediately in love with him because he was head over heels in love with me. That's all us girls are looking for, right? Someone that wants to hold us tight and protect us from the world. That's exactly who my husband is and I felt safe and loved from the moment we met. But you know what? It wasn't picture perfect. He was an alcoholic. He didn't even know it, like so many folks that drink, they are so sure that they are in control. And I, well let's just say that I was a financial disaster in the making way back then. I thought more was everything and bigger was better, oh boy........

So fast forward many years later, many arguments later, many disappointments later, many ups and downs later, four awesome kids later, and here we are, better than ever. Why? It's all God, that's why. Our God is a God of underdogs and mess-ups. The bigger the mess up the better the testimony. Can I get an Amen! Our God is a God that could have chosen a royal palace and a king and queen to raise His one and only Son, but He didn't. Our God is a God that chose Abram to be the father of His people. Abram who didn't come from a line of God fearing believers but from a line of pagans. Say what? That's our God, that's my  God.

Nine years ago, God began to work on and inside of my husband. It was a slow and at times painful process to watch. Two years later, and lots of hard work on my husband's part, God performed the miraculous and healed my husband completely and he became a new man in Christ. Those two years were rough let me tell you. There was obvious warfare taking place inside of my husband. 

And me, God was working on me too. Once my husband was a new man and took his rightful place as the head of our family, I began to change too. During the time that God was working on my husband he was also preparing me to prosper in a simpler life. Once I realized what real wealth looked like, I really began to bloom in my new life, shoot, I'm still blossoming y'all. Real wealth has nothing to do with money, but it has everything to do with peace and gratitude and a feeling of well being, health in body and mind. Those are gifts from God through grace. 

Your life right now may look like mine did, or it may be another kind of mess altogether, but I'm here to tell you to never stop praying and never give up on yourself or your man. My husband is such an awesome husband and leader and I'm so grateful to be able to share my life with him every day. No matter how ugly your life or marriage may look at this very moment, never forget that our God is a God of mess-ups, He's a healer of people and marriages and just because yours may not look like you want it to right now,
it can

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Friday, October 24, 2014

When The Wrong One Is The Right One

Today is my wedding anniversary, and in honor of the love of my life, I wanted to share a little with y'all, my virtual besties

Our marriage never should have worked out. Statistically, we shouldn't have beat the odds. You see, my husband was from the wrong side of the tracks marrying a girl, that, let's just say, could have been Sandra Dee. Yep, we should have been doomed from the start. But here's the really cool part, God always has a plan, and He has the power to turn all things into good for His glory. Do I hear an Amen! We should have been doomed from the get go, but God sees the WHOLE picture. He doesn't see obstacles the same way we do, he sees into our souls and He knows EXACTLY what we need. Do I hear another Amen?!

Twenty three years ago, God put a miraculous plan into action and it began with two polar opposite humans saying 'I do' before a justice of the peace. It wasn't all fairy dust and unicorns, let me tell you, but God doesn't care about easy. God put two opposites together on the spin cycle in the washer and beat out our weaknesses that we never could have accomplished alone. He took two diamonds in the rough and used them to smooth out the lumps and bumps of each other. In other words, he turned all the bad to His good. That's just what He does. 

God knew exactly what would be in store for us if we made it through the tough years. He knew the beauty of this little farm He brought us to and how much we'd enjoy it all if we could just make it through all the bumps in the road. He knew that we'd finally get it that 'less really is more'. I am so thank-full that I serve an ALL knowing God!

I'm so grateful for this man that God saw was made for me. Happy Anniversary Sweetheart!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

An Anniversary- Come Celebrate!

This is a REALLY special week for me! It's my anniversary! Six little months ago, I started this blog and I never could have envisioned the paths it would take me on and the many ways it would change my EVERY day! As a homeschooling family, sometimes our world can seem a little small. We focus so on family and learning and as the mom doing the teaching, it's so common to become all wrapped up in that and lose your own individual identity. You become the "homeschooling mom", and that's your whole life. Then one day, your littles are bigger and you look around and realize, "who am I". When I found myself in that place six months ago, I began writing and this little blog was born.

I never could have envisioned the joys that were in store for me. I didn't realize all the connections to many wonderful women I would make from all around the world. I never realized that I would feel so passionate about writing again. I never realized that by writing, my world that always seems to whiz by at lightening speed, would slow down because writing about it and photographing it just seems to have that effect. I had no way of knowing that when I put my first thoughts down, on my first not so good post {with terrible pictures!}, that my life would change as it has. It has been an amazing journey that has left me crying for MORE!

So for today, I'm looking back at some of the posts that have meant the most to me and have gotten the most response from the beautiful and kind people that have taken the time to drop by this tiny little spec of a blog compared to ALL the blogs out there. I appreciate y'all so very much because writing is terrific but sharing and knowing that you have affected other's lives in some way is truly awe inspiring! Whether a post changed how you think about educating your children, or maybe helped you tackle your fear of painting furniture, or gave you an idea of a recipe to serve for dessert tonight, please consider giving me some feedback in the comment section, because it's your comments that take this from being just my ramblings to an actual, virtual conversation between you and me. Comments mean SO much to every blogger. It lets us know that we're not just whistling in the wind, but that you are really there and you are listening. If there's something that you're not seeing here that you'd like to, tell me that too!

In case you missed any of my older posts, just click on the links under the photos and it'll take you right back to the original post! Thank you all again for taking the time to visit.  My hope is that this blog will continue to grow and flourish and it will only do that if you'll take the time to share any of these posts, yes, I'm shamelessly begging y'all to click on that little share button at the bottom of each post and SHARE. I'd be ever so grateful!!! This little blog sits in a teeny, tiny, little crevice of the whole world wide web and only y' all, the readers, can give it legs and help it grow. I'd be sooooo grateful and you'd be making my little dream come true!  

Thanks for helping me celebrate my six month anniversary! See you on Friday with a tutorial on how to make a beautiful fall wreath to grace your entryway! I promise it'll be EASY, FRUGAL, and FUN!

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