Guess what I just found???
Pictures from our very first home! Married Student Housing. Cinder block walls. Who cared? We were in love and we were married and all 550 sq feet of it was OURS!!!
I have smiled SO BIG looking back through these...like our dumpster sofa? For real. It stayed with us the first, um, five or six years of marriage.
Check out the tv stand. That was one of The Engineer's first projects.
I remember arranging everything "just so" and being thrilled with the end result. My very own little house!
I keep spotting things that have stayed with us and served us well...the candlesticks, those urns (rescued from my grandmother's trash pile!), the busts, the planter, etc.
Our little kitchen. I learned A LOT in there! Back in the day...no dishwasher...The Engineer ate some, um, less than stellar meals.
Our makeshift shelving system above the stove...LOVED it! And Easter candy atop the fridge.
The Engineer's desk...
Even then we had a lot of books.
My desk. It's in Sister's room now, with that same $5 thrift store chair! (Sans the cushion.)
A third bookshelf.
Still use that chest. $5 at an estate sale.
And OUR front door! Those were SUCH fun days! We were SO young - 20 - and so in love and had SO MUCH to learn! God is so good. So gracious. So precious. I can't think of a more wonderful start - because God's fingerprints - His tender mercies are ALL OVER it! He has changed us both so much. I am so thankful!
And then I found this picture of our little family of three at my sister's wedding. The Engineer and I took dance lessons for six weeks in preparation for that night - he pulled something in his back cleaning out mom's gutters the day before and could barely move.
And look at my mom - with Sister in her arms - and Mom is glowing!!!
The bouquet toss...
And they were off!
Going through these had me grinning and laughing and the wedding photos - that was during a very hard time in our lives. We'd just had a miscarriage and my dad had just moved out. Our family was broken, in every sense of the word. There was a lot of heartache. Lots of tears. It was so hard. And yet, I am so thankful that tonight I could pour back through these and laugh. There is still pain and it still hurts, but as mama reminded me, God does have a plan in all of this. He is good and sovereign. And I am thankful these pictures brought smiles tonight - smiles as I think of my sister and her family, smiles as I think of mama and how God has lifted her head, smiles as I think of my baby sister, smiles as I think about what God has done in my little family, smiles as I thank God for the peace He has given. It is hard and it is good.