Friday, May 30, 2014

How to make a house a home

We are on day 20 of married life. I have spent the afternoon and evening building my version of home. All of the little bits and pieces that have made this flat feel messy, now have definite homes. On the walls!

Collecting elephants is one of the things I do and you can't really miss that if you spend 2 mins in my house. I have another love that has been fed by receiving gifts due to getting married. Art. Now I have a very beautiful mishmash of stylised words and pictures and bunting that have turned my blank walls of two years into a dynamic space. My very light blue wall has hand made contrasting bunting to bring out the blue. I have a gold frame with the word Skudder (new surname) to contrast the white wall next to it and several other things to help me feel at home. 

Having Ray as a permanent fixture in the house is not a bad thing yet. He does do the tidying. He helped with putting the new bedroom furniture together and then squeezed it all along one wall! (No pictures sorry, you can use your imaginations or pop in!)

Our wedding was brilliant and we've only heard good things about it from other people. We were so pleased that we could spend the day with everyone! Looking forward to the first year of married life. Since day 13 I have been 'an old married' strange thing that... I feel like I have been one for much longer.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Counting the days

I am a week away from getting married.

All of the conversations I have start with 'are you excited?' And finish with 'see you on your big day'. I get to talk about the things I am doing. I am thinking in equal quantities about work and wedding. I am trying to make sure things run smoothly in my longest absence during term time since starting my job. People are reassuring me 'if it's not done now don't worry about it' 'you will find a way to it figure out'.

I am organised... 4 months has flown by, but by the time I am married it will be it will be less than 1 hundredth of my life that I have spent planning for it. 

I am ready... I looked back at the post titled 'a decade' and wrote how I had one of the biggest surprises of my life as I turned 28. My 18th birthday was my only surprise party to date, my 28th birthday was my surprise cake from my now husband to be. Exactly 10 years apart, 2 incredible things happened and love played a major part in both. God played a major part in all of it. And I can see his hand all over it... From the tiny details to those events I consider to be the big events.

I know I am blessed to be in this position. I know I am looking forward to it. I know God is with me as I start married life.