Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Humble Beginnings & Happy Anniversary!

It was 8 years ago today that Joey and I got married and began our lives together under one roof.
I had just turned 23, and he had just turned 24. 
We didn't own anything but his old, beat up Dodge. 

And for $600 rent each month, we started out here. (Holy hedges! I sure did cut those and plant flowers.)
The night we got the keys to the rent house, we celebrated accordingly. 
We lit candles and ate a pizza.
The house was tiny, extremely outdated and a bit unsightly.  
There was no fancy dining room to speak of, unless you call a heinous wall heating and air unit "fancy".  ;)
We had no furniture to sit on, and my gracious parents would buy us our first couch. 
Yet, despite all the "lack" in the natural, our cups were overflowing.
And knowing that this season in our lives wouldn't last forever...

that one day 

we'd have more than enough...

and that we'd want to look back at how far we've come...

I made sure to take all these "insignificant" pictures. 
Now, I can't help but smile when I see them.  

A lot has changed in 8 years. Including our love. 

You see, it's grown deeper. More enduring. 
We eventually bought our first home shortly after our first anniversary. We've been here ever since, and I've developed ODD - Obsessive Decorating Disorder. Fortunately, I tend to do it on a dime. :)
{Our kitchen island - free. Tour the kitchen HERE.}
{Vintage flatware - .49 cents to $1.}
{Liberace's candelabra ;) - $2.50 at a G sale.}
{Ornate entryway mirror - free curbside find.}
{Ornate golden mirror #2 - $9 at Family Dollar!}

{We like to leave the "drawings" on the walls.}
This is the house where we brought home Grayson and Sutton. 
And this is the house where we've fattened up our two 130+ pound sister labs, Penny Lane and Lucy. 
{That was then, this is now.}
One thing hasn't changed over the course of time, though. 

We still LOVE to hang out in sweatshirts and pajama pants!
 To Joey: 
Thank you for working tireless hours to provide for our family. Thank you for never being too tired to play with the kids. Thank you for loving me even when my hair looks like a hawk's nest and I'm wearing a Chuck Norris t-shirt. Here's to growing old together.
Thanks for reading, friends. 

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Ala Astor said...

Such a lovely home. Hello! I saw you at the hop social and I am your newest follower in GFC from http://inhighheelsanddogtags.blogspot.jp/. I look forward to seeing you over at my blog next :)

Monica said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!! (I remember your wedding!) May God Bless you with many more wonderful years in that house, full of love,laughter, creativity, wit, and abundant joy!

Rea T said...

wow! 8 years! happy anniversary to you and your husband Meredith!!
you are a beautiful couple and keep the love burning...

a lot can change in our lives but.... "a change that is better is always a change for the better"-rea


Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

happy anniversary!!!

Danielle Wood said...

Love it, love it, love it! Happy anniversary!!! May God bless with many more years to come!


Danielle said...

Happy Anniversary! I love all the pictures, of you getting married and your old place. It's always so fun to reminise.

Tami Michel said...

Congratulations. What sweet memories and you both still look fabulous!
Tami @ Curb Alert!

Jayma DuChene said...

I love everything about this post. You are a beautiful person with an amazing attitude! Happy Anniversary.... May God Bless you and your family. :)

Mary Reed said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm so glad you had the foresight to take those great pictures when you were first married! God has richly blessed you with a hard-working husband, beautiful children, and a lot of love!
Blessings to you ~ Mary

Dixie n Dottie said...

What a sweet story! Happy Anniversary! May God bless bless y'all with many, many more! :)

Lena said...

Happy Anniversary! You are such a lovely couple! I think I only have a couple of pictures from our first apartment. We had a hand-me-down green couch and red chairs, and a thrift store yellow table. And we were happy there :)

Irfan Butt said...

following you from the hop! hope you will do the same..

The French Hutch said...

What a lovely home and family! Your story is so sweet and I so enjoyed reading it and seeing your photos. You represent "The American Dream"! What an adorable couple you are and such precious children. Love the pets!!! Your home is so lovely, love your style.
Happy Anniversary and may you all your years be as Blessed.

The French Hutch

Michell Pulliam said...

Yaayyyy! "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY" my friend! What a beautiful thing! May God bless you and your husband with many more years of wedded bliss!! Thanks so much for dropping by and linking up Meredith...have a wonderful rest of your week! ;-)

Hope Reid said...

Congrats on 8 years. Me and my hubby will celebrate 8 years in May. Is you ODD contagious, because I'd sure love to catch it. May God continue to bless you guys. I'm totally following :-)

victory said...

Wow, look at how God has blessed you!

Zechariah 4:10

New International Version (NIV)

10 “Who dares despise the day of small things,....

Emily - Emas Grand Ideas said...

Happy Anniversary!!


SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Happy Anniversary :) Beautiful post! Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

~Kristi~ said...

Happy anniversary! That was such a sweet, sweet post - and you can really tell how much the 2 of you love each other!

Here's to many more years for you guys!! Enjoy your week!


Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Awww....happy anniversary! Congratulations on what looks like 8 wonderful years!

Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady said...

Hi Meredith! I came back from DYWW! Your blog is a very easy read with wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing your inspiring love story. Happy Anniversary and wishing you many more with you handsome hubby.

Lydia Schmitt said...

Happy Belated Anniversary!I love this post and you both make such a beautiful couple and a beautiful home. God bless your marriage and your family!

Ashley Ditto said...

The sweetest pictures!!!! Happy Anniversary to you!

Scarlett said...

Oh, I LOVE that you had the forethought to snap those "insignificant" photos! What a beautiful testimony of how far the Father has brought you!!!! It is so good to remember.

You guys are a gorgeous couple and family!

Happy Anniversary!
Scarlett xo

Ugochi said...

Congratulations Vicki! God is faithful, and I praise Him for 8 years of His faithfulness.
Look where He brought you from... Hallelujah!

ChatterBlossom said...

Looks like one happy home! Happy anniversary to you both and may you have many many more years together!

Karen A said...

Happy Anniversary!! Great post! I love all the pix of your first rent house.. that's great that there was no furniture.. what a funny memory to look back on. Your current home is beautiful! I love all your bargain finds!

Rea T said...

hi meredith!i've nominated you for liebster award, let's know each other even more..


Stacey said...

Awww..that was so sweet - love it!
What a blessing you have in each other!
Thanks for sharing!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Sandy said...

What a lovely story. Your beginning
sounds like most but the love seems
to spill out with each word.
So sweet!

Kendra Pahukoa said...

ahhh, im so glad you took those pics as well. that cupboard pic is great. and hello there cute kids!!!
happy anni!!!

Emily {Isnt That Charming} said...

What a beautiful post! It's so inspiring to see how far you've come along. Congrats on all that you have accomplished in life and your marriage!
Isn’t That Charming.

Mom In The USA said...

Hi Meredith,
You almost made me cry. How sweet! I absolutely adore reading stories like these. Happy Anniversary {belated, sorry}. You look adorable.
We celebrate 10 years this year and we are going down that same memory lane. I was looking at your pictures and knew what that's like. Congratulations on the anniversary of the life you have both made for yourselves.


Design_Fluff said...

Meredith, you are really just too cute! And I love reading these sweet posts you make!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I am definitely late, but congratulations!!!! You two are a stunning couple, and your home is fabulous. Definitely proves, love can grow deeper, and you can have fabulous on a dime. Hugs, Marty

Denise Marie said...


Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

I love this post and your DONT DO LIST .. SO funny that you posted this. I was watching last night a show I recorded of Super soul SUnday on OWN and they were talking about this very same thing but about friends sharing etc. Things you shouldn't say when a friend comes to you with this or that. Confirmation we need to think before we speak for sure. YOUR such a great light in the BLOG world > I so love your blog and spirit .. Glad that God crossed our paths. I needed your sweet words on my blog today . Thank you !!!!