Happy 13th

This weekend we celebrated 13 yrs of marriage.

In 2005, we were in our mid 30s and 40s, both divorced, and recovering from debt, financially, emotionally and relationally. God has been so very good to us, restoring years the locusts ate, giving us both grace and mercy we never dreamed or imagined. I could go on for pages and pages, but it may bore some. When I think of where I was at and what my future looked like even 15 years ago, I never would have imagined not only owning a home, but having our mortgage paid off, retirement savings, and being able to do this Reno/addition. It’s nothing short of a miracle. The economics of it don’t make sense. I’ve talked with other Believing friends about it, who have experienced similar. It’s not prosperity gospel, I don’t believe in the idiotic idiom of “believe it and you will receive it”.. but I believe in God and His faithfulness, (not in my faith or faithlessness) and am spending this life aiming to always remember that “everything in heaven and on earth is yours Oh Lord…”.

It’s not easy.. but it IS all too easy to revert to “my house” “my van” ” my savings account”. .. we try to always remember we are stewards.. He’s given us responsibility, not ownership. And we want to be found faithful.

So our hope is that in being stewards of the home He’s given us the privilege to live in and care for, we can be conduits of His blessing (to paraphrase Bob, a dear old friend)

So.. Happy anniversary to my love, and thanks to Dad for blessing us.

This weekend we finally received some decent weather we could work in, and got lots done colour me happy!!

We have a good portion of floor lifted and more bricks off the house

Cotton put the Delta wrap on today, and we’re set for backfill tomorrow!

LC started beefing up trusses in the house, and framing begins in a couple days! It feels like we’re back on schedule!

Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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  1. You and Bill have always been an encouragement and role models on how we have been given responsibility and not ownership. Always in the back of mind that phrase and I strive to make it a part of my life as well!
    Happy Anniversary!!

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