produces hidden treasures.
don’t know what it is, but I’m one of those that when warm weather hits I have this feverish urge to clean. scrub. wash. dig. plant. organize. de-clutter. rearrange.
I don’t really plan it – – just sort of jump in when the impulse strikes. hee. hee. :)
last night was organizing some things in our room when I decided to clean out from under the bed – – instead of getting a whole lot done. found myself sitting on the floor looking through the big huge rubbermaid of pictures. cards. keepsakes. for someone who is not a “saver” I was surprised at the amount I’ve accumulated – – and that doesn’t count the 3 other ones in the garage!!
had fun strolling back memory lane.
when they say a picture is worth a thousand words isn’t that so true – – every picture i look at immediately takes me back to that time. place. and what times and places they’ve been too~
this was the very first time shayne came to visit – i think jeffrey (10 at the time) was taking the picture. he kept telling us to get closer he couldn’t see us all – and as you see S. face is pretty much laying on my shoulder!! i paid Jeffrey the money later – ;)
this picture was taken while S. was with his good friend Joel Robbins. praying about God’s direction. didn’t know those prayers included ME~
here’s his first visit to church after we were courting. yep, my hair is red. i’d used this rinse out stuff that.. well, didn’t rinse out too well. :) and check out those eyebrows i’ve got going on!! yikes.
found my Scrapbook (from the days of our courtship/ dating. engagement). the only Scrapbook I’ve ever completed! it was before kids obviously~ :)
this was one of the first times i ever saw Shayne. I think about 3 yrs. before anything between us. we were playing volleyball. i remember thinking he was cuTe! ;)
was at a friends house in Louisiana – anyone remember Amber & Roxanne Olsen? well, her bridal shower was at this great old plantation. in the barn hung this sign~. if you can’t read it it says, “Wanted – Able Bodied Man.”
and of course, the day I got that Able Bodied Man~ ;) i just like this pic. because it shows my dress… went through a time where i wish i had chosen something different. sure we all change, right. mine wasn’t a “real” wedding dress. just something i found somewhere in a store – but, actually i loved it/ and still do. and, anyway.. this shot reminded me why i did.. :)
on our honeymoon~
this was what we walked out of our little bungalow to each day~
for 2 wks. we had this beach all to ourselves – literally. it was glorious!
getting cornrows put in – that eventually turned to dread locks. i didn’t know you shouldn’t leave them a long time! :)
wow. we look young! guess we were~ : p
headed home~ looks like those pants start at my armpits just about!
inside our first home – Huntsville, Ontario. Canada~
Jeff Collins gave us that Bible. I know we still have it – somewhere. :)
our first tree. how do you like that bow! by Christmas day though there were like a total of 5 needles on it.. see the wood stove in the fireplace? uh-huh.. wood stoves and live trees don’t mix well. also, don’t know if you can tell from this photo. but the wreath above the mantel was made up of all the flowers S. had ever given me. when we moved and lifted the wreath down – the flowers pretty much fell off in a dust heap! apparently they didn’t like the wood stove either – – and since then, I still have issues when it comes to wood stoves – i think that first one planted some seeds of bitterness in my heart. ha! :)
the piano Shayne bought for me on my first b-day as a married lady! ~ :)
and the kitchen~ if you look by the sink i kept a picture of my mom & i there.. i missed her so much. and also called her so much when i was in the kitchen preparing something – – wondering how long. how much. and what to do w/ burnt pot roast!!!
Shanda, here’s my fiestaware.. i WISH i still had!
the little bathroom upstairs~
and the one downstairs – my mother in law helped me hang the wallpaper. it was the first time i had ever hung wallpaper.and the first time i had done anything with my mother in law alone. both were a bit scary for me~! :)
looking through these pictures reminds me of something i read the other day –
HOME – WHERE YOUR STORY BEGINS
and i’ve lived in several homes in my lifetime.. but, the day i found this one i have to say is the day i knew i was home for good. forever!
ah, so break out the brooms. mops. buckets. and squeegees… you never know what your cleaning will help you discover. it could be a whole lot more than just dust bunnies!!!
here’s to remembering the “good old days” – and the goodness of the Lord that has led us every step of the way.
“and you should remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you… to humble you. to prove you. to know what was in your heart. whether you would walk in obedience or not.” Deut. 8: 2