May 11, 2012

Praising Eight Years

We just celebrated eight years of marriage on the eighth of this month.  Exciting!  It's funny but being that it was eight on the eighth it felt like we should do something special - I don't know just seemed fitting.  But with being 33 weeks pregnant and keeping a tight(er) hold on our finances - we were kinda out of ideas.

But we did get out for a real nice lunch together and shopping in the downtown at the cutest eclectic shop around - bringing home a gorgeous antique chair for only $25!!!!  It was a rainy day but still nice!

So here is a lovely little pic of us on our eighth anniversary! ♥

Oh who am I kidding!?!?  It was a FANTASTIC day!  Notice the background of that pic??? That's our blessing of an anniversary gift from our God!

That's right folks - OUR HOUSE IS SOLD!!!!  The home in the background there is our new COUNTRY home!!!!!!!!!!

Our home actually sold the day before - so we booked a showing for our new home on our anniversary date - the house is empty - just waiting for us - so we showed up early and stalked all around, waiting for our agent to arrive.

Our eldest enjoyed pure freedom as she ran all around the yard.  Up and down the hills, jumping and yelling and just having fun being a kid!  And for those that know her history, to see our little one running - actually running with no inhibitions and pure joy - well it just warmed our hearts something fierce!

Meanwhile the seller's agent showed up and my sweet hubby got to place the SOLD sign on our new home. Tee hee!


OH that's right - PRAISE THE LORD indeed!

So we are now also the proud owner of TREES!!! We have a lovely city lot now but all the trees around us belong to our neighbours - so a little tree envy has haunted me for a few years - but no longer!  Our new home is complete with 7 acres and oodles of trees, including two pear trees and an apple tree!

Can you say PIES anyone!?!?!?

The house sits just back from a gravel road....I LOVE gravel roads....okay once the shocks are fixed on our car I'll LOVE the gravel road!  The yard is sloped as we sit at the top of a large hill that over looks a valley - breath taking!

There is lots of fencing and we hope to start our little hobby farm in the next 12 months or so.  Oh and here is a pic of the yard and barn.

That's right, our very own b.a.r.n!  Aaaaaah!   It's all still surreal!

Surreal - wow that has really been my word for this year!  With it's highs and lows, I seem to fall back on surreal to express myself when other, more eloquent words, escape me.

But surreal isn't right - for our God is VERY real and the work He does in our lives in real - good or bad - blessing or trial - our Lord is real and He cares for us.  He is truth, glorious, all knowing, loving.

He, is real!

So I sing (when no one else is around) His praise!  Hubby and I are having a hard time believing this blessing - it's too much, God has been too good to us in this - but I know that He likes to give good things and so I am grateful.  Overwhelmed, but grateful!

What I love about our new country home is that I will be able to look out on the beauty that our Lord has created.  Look out on His handy work and breath it in.  I get to look out on views like this.

And so this is a big ol' praise report on God delivering more then we could have asked for or expected - He's good like that, isn't He?

I have an affinity for looking for God in the little things - to see His stamp on our lives where we don't always notice it immediately.

So laying in bed one evening thinking over the details of all that has happened.  I thought of the address and was a little disappointed that it did not have the number seven in it.  The number seven has always been special to me and when I became a Christian, I discovered that it is God's number.  When I looked over my life at that time I kept finding how the number seven was evident.

This being, Lord willing, our forever home - I was hoping that the address would have a seven in it.  But it did not - no the address is a 58.  So I lay in bed thinking on that...58.....??  What kind of significance is that....not that there needs to be any significance just that God knows I like it. :)

So thinking on it....I thought, "Well...hmmm, 8 that's a good's the date we got married on, so that's nice.  But hmm...5......wait a second....January, February, March, April,'s the FIFTH month!"

So a VERY happy eighth on the eight as we close and finalize the deal on a home we have prayed for, for a very long time and will remind us forever to celebrate the day God brought us together in marriage and the day he brought us to our home - 58.

Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.

Psalm 127:1

Praise God!  And oh....if you are available to help that would be great - we move in TWO WEEKS!



  1. Your new house, and the views, are GORGEOUS!! What an amazing blessing! I am so happy and excited for you guys :)

  2. I little bit of "jealousy" going on down here in PA.
    I'm loving it. I love the story of it.. the way it all worked out for you. I LOVE THAT BARN!!!!!!!!!!!

    and those fences, trees, trees, trees and your house is so cute too. I love front porches. That one is just right.

    You're so blessed. I'm really happy for you, my friend.

  3. This is such a beautiful story, girl! So excited and happy for you all, you're going to have SO much fun making that house your home!

  4. Oh wow, what a beautiful house and property!! I can only begin to imagine how many good times you guys are going to have at the new homestead over the years! Congrats :-D

  5. Praise GOD! I am sooooo excited for you and your family! That is such an awesome story about God, his timing, your faithfulness, trust and belief. That house is going to be an AWESOME home...those views are gorgeous...of course I'm partial to cattle so that's my favorite! lol
    I wish I didn't live umpteen hundred miles away...I would help you move. ;) Instead, I'll be praying for ya'll. Keep us posted on the progress!!!
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I love that God always uses little things for significance! Very cool!

  6. It's lovely, I can't say how happy I am for you. As I told Dave, OUR GOD IS AMAZING. Can't wait to come out and visit....

  7. Oh I'm sooooo excited for you and a little envious!!! I was raised in the country, so I'm a country girl too, but living in the city. Oh how the photos of your new home in the country took me back to the peacefulness of walking out in nature and the joy all of the trees brought to me. Congratulations!!!! Love your photos and will be anxious to see more of them in the future.

    ♥Lee Ann


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