Happy Tuesday, my friends! We had a great Thanksgiving and weekend that followed and now we're in full blown Christmas mode 🎄
David and I put up our tiny little pencil tree last night. I'm not sure that I like this small cottage living right now, but it is what it is, as they say. Yes, it's barely Christmas time and I'm complaining. Uggg. I'll get over it, but I've been feeling a little bit claustrophobic lately.
Then I found this star in our box of decorations and it had me reminiscing about all the years, all the houses, all the good times and different times we've had in our 34 years together.
This was the cardboard and tinfoil star we made the very first year we were married. 🌟
We were living in David's grandparent's old farmhouse - renting it for $100 a month. We had no furniture to call our own. Every single piece of furniture in the house was already there when we moved in.
But we were young and in love and we felt blessed. We barely had money to buy gifts for one another. We were both working and paying for college, but those were good days. We ate the same meals, week after week. We would take lunch in paper sacks and meet at the park before heading back to work and school.
At times David was working nights and going to school during the day and I worked days and left straight from work to attend night classes. We were two ships passing each other going opposite directions, but we made it work and we were so happy.
Eventually a baby came along and we moved out of that little farmhouse, bought some furniture of our own and became our own little family.
We earned a little bit more money, but now were living on one income and still didn't have much in savings. But we had our kids, a home, cars and still placed that star at the top of every tree, every year, as a reminder of where we came from.
We've had huge houses since then and now we have the smallest house we've ever had. If I've learned anything, it's that houses come and go, but it's what you take with you that matters.
The memories, the family, the love you still share after all these years.
The tinfoil star you still place at the top of the tree, to remind you of all you have to be thankful for and all that is to come.
No matter if we live big or small, I never want to forget all that God has blessed us with, even in the years that felt small. Those were some of the best years and what memories are made of. I suspect these will be too, one day.
Have a blessed day, my friends 💚
Until Next Time...