Two years ago today my best friend asked me to be his wife. I didn’t sleep for days because I couldn’t stop grinning.
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Posted by Erin on February 4, 2013
A year ago today I married the most amazing man I know.
What a year it’s been. I cannot imagine my life without my best friend, wisest confidant, and most gracious partner.
- he loves Jesus and enjoys the fellowship of his Holy Spirit
- of his determination and perseverance
- he always believes in me – in us
- he makes me laugh
- he snuggles with our dogs
- he is gentle and kind
- he fiercely defends what he believes is right
- of the way he loves his family
- he lets me use him as my personal heater in the winter
- he mixes an unbelievably delicious gin martini
- he is generous with his heart, his time, and his resources
- he always gently points my heart towards Jesus
Thank you, love, for being an ever-present reminder to me that our God is good. I am delighted to be your wife and look forward to the next sixty years with joy.
Posted by Erin on October 21, 2012
Last Friday was yard work day. Not usually my favorite day, but at least we had some lovely cool weather for it. A light sprinkle of rain in the morning helped soften the ground and loosen the roots of all those weeds that had snuck into our front garden bed. We spent hours trimming hedges, cutting back boxwoods, ripping out flowers that had seen better days, and shaping up our maple tree. Tomatillos and eggplants were pulled out of the garden boxes. The monster tomato plant that was overtaking our little lilac tree was chopped down. We dug carrots out of cool black dirt. We filled an entire dumpster with yard waste.
It felt good. Good to work with our hands. Good to be dirty. Good to rip out the old and make space for the new.
Good to celebrate the coming of a new season in the garden and in life.
This summer had it’s highs and lows. And the low points often felt like they won. We experienced a lot of change and loss this summer. It wasn’t fun. In fact it was not fun at all. The good news is that wasn’t our whole story. Our kitchen was filled with pie and our table shared with friends. Our friends laughed and cried with us, made us dinner, and prayed for us. We celebrated new marriages, toasted to the life of dear friends, and snuck away for weekends of rest.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the turning over from one season to the next and I’m hoping that this next season will be one full of joy. I’m so glad that even though the last few months have been hard on my heart, I’m still walking into the fall with a bountiful harvest behind me and plenty of good earth in front of me. My hope is not foolish because I know that my God is faithful, he calls me to live a full life here on earth, and he promises that when I seek him, I will find him. He promises to restore what is broken.
Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
(Jeremiah 29:5-7 ESV)
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
(Jeremiah 29:11-14 ESV)
Posted by Erin on September 20, 2012
Summertime is birthday time in our house. Mr. Thirdrow seat and I celebrate our birthdays just two and a half weeks apart from each other. While we enjoy a night on the town and a restaurant meal (especially the part where someone else does that dishes), we often choose to celebrate around our own kitchen table. Since we both enjoy cooking so much it is a fabulous treat to throw the grocery budget by the wayside and tackle something extraordinary for one another.
My man loves lamb. He can’t get enough of it. If it’s on the menu he’s almost sure to order it. When Gordon Ramsey serves it up on The F Word or MasterChef he can’t stop talking about it. Clearly it was time for some lamb to find it’s way into our own kitchen.
First stop, you guessed it, Costco. Their meat selection is always surprisingly lovely – good for the belly and the wallet. Next, I had to find the perfect recipe and it was good old Gordon to the rescue. We watched Gordon make his Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb on The F Word earlier this summer and it seemed both fancy enough for a birthday and simple enough for a novice lamb chef like me.
The recipe was easy to follow, not overly complicated, and quite delicious. I followed the directions exactly, save one point – I ran out of fresh parsley. Our plant had burned to a crisp in the mid-summer heat wave and I hadn’t noticed until it was too late (as in, my lamb was on the stove). So, I used dried parsley in my breading. Although it was delicious, I’m certain it would have been better with fresh parsley (and prettier, too!).
Happy birthday to my favorite man on the planet. I’m delighted to be called your wife, thankful for who you are, and looking forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you! Next year… lobster?
Posted by Erin on August 7, 2012
Our beautiful wedding album arrived in the mail yesterday. I barely did anything else before I tore open the package and went through it page by page. It’s only been seven months since that wonderful day and looking through the pictures helped me remember the moments I’ve already forgotten. I’m such a blessed girl.
A huge thank you to our photographers, Jim and Matt Britton, who did such a great job capturing our special day.
I designed our wedding album using mixbook.com and have been incredibly pleased with the experience. I’m sure I’ll use them again!
Posted by Erin on June 6, 2012
We’re six months in to marriage – our greatest adventure. Happy anniversary to my beloved husband.
PS Thanks Emily for sharing this photo with me. It’s one of my favorites!
Posted by Erin on April 21, 2012
Being on a budget means we don’t go out on fancy dates very often, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t set aside time to be together. We’re still classy even if we eat our cheese and drink our wine on the couch in our pajamas…I think.
Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at wich you toil under the sun. – Ecclesiastes 9:7.9
Posted by Erin on March 16, 2012
I’m so glad that all along God knew that you were just the right one for me. I thank Him for you and for our Volvo lifestyle….even when the brakes fail.
Love you with all my heart. Happy Valentine’s day to my husband.
Posted by Erin on February 14, 2012
Three months have gone by since our wedding day. Where oh where has the time gone?!? All at once it feels like we’ve been together forever and like we’re brand new. I’m so thankful for a generous husband and look forward to being old and wrinkly and celebrating our 333 month anniversary in our golden years.
Posted by Erin on January 21, 2012