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
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Posted by Erin on September 28, 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
Last weekend we gathered Mr. Thirdrow’s family in our tiny little house to celebrate his dad and future-brother-in-law’s birthdays. It is always a delight to have them over (especially because they always help with the dishes)!
We had planned to host the part for nine out on our spacious patio, but the rain and unexpected chilly weather drove us inside. I tend to panic with these sorts of changes in plan, but luckily Mr. Thirdrow is so level headed. When I want to throw in the towel and never host anything in our tenny tiny house, he reminds me of all the reasons why we love our home and helps me come up with a plan to make sure our guests feel welcomed and not squished.
We moved the coffee table out of the living room and set up our folding 6 foot table so that we could all eat together. It was wonderful to have the whole fam gathered around the table together to celebrate. I’m so grateful to have gained such a great family!
Posted by Erin on May 2, 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
Last Sunday we gathered with some friends in our neighborhood just before sunrise to celebrate Easter. We came together to remember that the light has overcome the darkness; that Jesus is risen from death.
Posted by Erin on April 15, 2012
Do you listen to Joy the Baker and Tracy from Shutterbean’s podcast on Homefries? You probably should. It’s hilarious. I love listening to Joy and Tracy, as well as Simple Mom while I’m working. Such entertainment!
Recently Joy and Tracy handed out a little homework to their listeners…blog about 5 of your favorite things. So, here they are! These are five of the things I’m digging right now.
My parents gave us this vase for our wedding. I think it’s just the most beautiful thing ever. It reminds be of our Dogtown neighborhood and Irish heritage, family, and spring. Right now it’s on our dining room table filled with roses from our garden and theirs.
I love these boys. They drive me crazy, but they are still my best snuggle-buddies. Yes, they have claimed the guest bedroom for themselves and are currently holding the bed hostage.
I love where we live and I love the people we live here with. I’m thrilled that summertime is almost here and our patio will once again be filled with friends and neighbors and grilled chicken.
There are blueberries and chard and kale and carrots and…..well, there’s an entire summer’s worth of meals growing in our backyard and I love it.
Check out some of my favorite products this spring.
Posted by Erin on April 9, 2012
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened. Luke 24:1-12
Posted by Erin on April 8, 2012
Last week, my Grandad went home to heaven. He was a good man and a really great Grandad. We’ve been sharing stories about him all week and I forgot how funny he was. When I was little and used to spend the night at my Grammy and Gradad’s house, he would often pop out his false teeth just to give my brother and I a scare. We loved it.
My Grammy has been making this cheese spread for, at least, my whole life. I do not remember a family event without it and I certainly don’t want to picture one without it either. I imagine that I’ll be making this for years to come. It’s nothing fancy, but it is full of memories for me and it sure is yummy. This time, making it to take to our family gathering after Grandad’s funeral, was a little bittersweet. I’m so thankful to have had grandparents that have passed on some great recipes, but also have given me such a wonderful family and countless fine memories.
Grammy’s Cheese Spread
2 jars Kraft Old English Cheese Spread
1 jar Kraft Roka Bleu Cheese Spread
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 good dash garlic powder
Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Mix together until smooth and creamy. Pour into serving dish and cover with chopped pecans. Serve with crackers.
Posted by Erin on March 13, 2012