We arrived home 7 weeks before the wedding and immediately sent off invitations that my brother had beautifully created and printed for us. Then we had to find jobs, a place to live and furnishings in 6 weeks… when I think of that now, I marvel at how much peace we had through it all, except for one day in particular, when we headed out... That day was very stressful and we got in our first real argument. Dear friends, we were staying with, told us we needed a day off, since we had hit the ground running since our return. Frankly, we were ready for a break. So we went to breakfast and per our friend's suggestion went to see a house that was way out of our league. With no income for one and a half years & no current employment, we only hoped for a 3 room apartment. How could we know what we could afford at this point anyway?! So off we went and when we drove up the driveway into a clearing in the woods, we saw a house that looked like Better Homes and Gardens. It was a 5 year old, 2 story, salt box with floor to ceiling windows with a southern exposure… way nicer than anything we could have ever hoped for!! The lady turned out to be a Christian and she wanted us to have it, so she lowered the rent and offered to sell us the wood needed to heat the house for the winter for what it cost her before it was spit & stacked. We did not even have the money to give her a down payment, so we borrowed that and the next week Roger returned to the area and he found a job!!
Fall 1984 outside our first home
When things got tough in our marriage, we could always look back and see God's hand of encouragement as we set out together and remember His faithful confirmation of our union. Thus began an an adventure that has taught us so much about the faithfulness of our God!
The adventure continues…..