Thankful moments: meeting my husband

Me and JoshEveryone’s husband is special to them…mine is extra special.
I met Josh at a time in my life when I was ready to surrender everything to Jesus but had no one to help me. Baby Christians need help, they need someone to disciple them. Josh was this person for me before he was ever my boyfriend.

Not many wives can say it was their husband that really led them to Jesus. But I can. I remember him inviting me to church. He watched for me through the doors of the church and when I pulled into the parking lot he met me outside so I wouldn’t have to walk in alone.

After church that Wednesday night he introduced me to godly people (as my former “friends” now wanted nothing to do with me.) I gave up drinking, partying, etc…and they no longer cared about me. Yet there I sat on a Starbucks patio making friends with genuine people.

He was patient with me as I grew spiritually. He never gave up on me just because I didn’t understand something or it took some time to grasp.

Josh and I spent every day together. I liked him and he liked me. We would text all day, every day. Then after work we would hang out and talk all night. Even when we had to part ways for the evening we were on the phone until we couldn’t hold our eyes open anymore.

He became my best friend and I became his. We knew everything about each other that there was to know at the time: past regrets, current feelings, and future adventures.

Here we are 10 years later still liking and loving each other more and more each day.

I’m thankful that this man is my husband, mine forever.

Life lately: Home project

Josh and I built our home 6 years ago this November. It’s our first home purchase and we built on a strict budget as our main focus was having land (which meant less money spent on the actual home.)

We knew there would be changes made in the future, so as our budget allowed we would make changes.

We started a project in July to turn our laundry room and office into one big mudroom and hang a barn door to close it off when needed.

1.) We never really used the office. I tried. Several times. But with it being where it’s located (by the garage and laundry room…) I just never wanted to go sit on that side of the house alone.

2.) We have a German Shepherd dog and he sheds…a lot. Some days I just want him put away and my house to stay clean more than 1 hour. I knew a mudroom would be perfect for that!

3.) From the day I saw those cute mudroom benches I wanted one but we never had the space to put one. Now we will!

Before pictures:

During:

It’s a slow going process but we’ve been able to:
– knock out the walls
– re-wire all of the electrical
– work on the trim
– get the door/tracks built and stain the door

I asked Josh if we could finish the door as one of the first things so that when the project gets too messy we can just close the door and not look at it.

Josh built the door from scratch. Mostly because we refuse to pay the amount it would cost to buy one with the dimensions we needed. Since we opened up the doorway quite a bit, we needed a BIG door.

It’s the first change we have made to our house since it’s been built so it’s a little different but it’s fun making changes as we want.