Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The thrills and challenges of a new household

Dear ladies, those of you who so kindly have been regular visitors of my blog for a while can imagine how thrilled and excited I am to have a new family of my own now, a husband to love and care for, and a home to beautify and improve. Well, I must tell you, there is a lot to improve...

Two days ago, my husband and I spent our first night in our rented home. Both of us are new to living on our own, and oh boy, what an experience it is. We hardly have any furniture; our shower caused a flood when we tried to use it, and we had to visit my in-laws to take a shower; and on top of all, in the morning I discovered I don't even have the necessary utensils to wash the floors! It was so dirty it would make you want to cry if you saw it.

However, thanks to gifts from loved ones and to my dear husband's creativity, I'm happy to say that we saved a whole lot of money on items we would otherwise need to buy without the time to look for bargains, such as a refrigerator, a sofa, a table (beautifully renovated by my father-in-law) and chairs. We were simply showered by beautiful dishes, towels, bedclothes and kitchen utensils. All the way, I'm overwhelmed to see again and again just how many people love us, care for us, think of us, pray for us, and extend their helping hand.

In the picture above, you can see a lovely set of mugs and towels I got from girls in the training program in the hospital - which blissfully ended today. You cannot imagine how happy I was; there will be some more studies in May, and I do want to complete this last small part of the program, but it surely won't be anywhere near the physical and emotional drain of working in the hospital. I will finally be able to focus on settling into the rhythm of our new household; the weeks before the wedding were a happy blur of activity, and I do miss the simple and peaceful beauty of everyday life.

We live in a beautiful, quiet place, far from the noise and bustle of the city. Moving there is like a dream come true, but a challenge at the same time - and I so look forward to sharing with you the first steps of our journey along this winding road.

The Lord is good. I am filled with gratitude for everything He so generously gave us. Nothing in the world can compare with His abundant love for each and every one of us. Thank you, dear ones, for visiting me; and special thanks to the ladies who took the time to contact me personally through email. Since we don't have internet connection yet (I'm right now at my mother's house while my husband is finishing his first day back at work), I'm not sure when I will have the chance to write replies, but please know that I have read and deeply appreciate each one of your kind and friendly notes, and will try to write back as soon as possible.

In the meantime I remain, an overwhelmingly happy young wife, your friend

Mrs. Anna T


Krystyna said...

Anna, I'm so glad you're enjoying this period, even if it has its trials :) I know the feeling. When I first moved in with my partner, the water wasn't connected in the kitchen for example, and we washed up in the bathroom for a few days... But the inconveniences can be quite fun - I think you or somebody in comments once mentioned that it would be like "camping out". And the pleasure and satisfaction of seeing everything come together (hanging pictures, moving furniture, and my favourite arranging books on shelves) is wonderful.
The mugs look lovely :)
I hope the next couple of days (weeks) are restful for you!

Mrs. Mordecai said...

I've only been married three years, but I'd already forgotten about the excitement of moving in and making do and trying to figure out how to obtain or improvise all that was necessary . . .

Thank you for the memories, and bless you in your new home.

Anonymous said...

So happy for you, Anna. I do remember my own first days as a yound bride, the joy of settling in to my new home, learning so many new things, AND realizing that I'd picked up much more about keeping house from my mother, during my upbringing, than I gave myself credit for! Everything had a purpose now! I wish you so much happiness, & your husband too. God's blessings on you both.


jane said...

The Lord is ever faithful to meet our needs, and gracious, He sure has met some of your needs - in a delightful way.

Bless you dearly as you relish and delight in the newness of marriage.


Tracy said...

I do hope that your shower id fixed soon. Enjoy these simple times!

Buffy said...

So glad to hear you are happy despite the tribulations of dirty floors and leaky showers! I am sure there is a lot of love and excitement to make up for it, bless you both.

Mrs. Bethany Hudson said...

Mrs. T, how wonderful that you were able to get all the necessities to set up your first home together! God truly is the Great Provider, is He not? And, it is especially lovely when He uses our friends and family to carry out His provision. As you get into the nitty gritty of cleaning and maintaining your first home, remember that the extra work of the "starter house" is always half the fun of it! I'm sure you'll keep everything in perspective and find peace and joy even when you're up to your elbows in grime. Homemaking really is such a blessing, and it can be even more satisfying when you have to be creative and don't have a palace to work with. Personally, I find such homes to be the "homiest" of all.

Rachele said...

Dear Anna,

Moving is terribly overwhelming. I know with your hopeful attitude and firm dedication to keeping home you will make your home beautiful and peaceful. Congratulations again and enjoy these exciting days of settling in!


Green Eyes said...

Wow, can I relate to the "fun" of moving into the new home. :) We spent our "honeymoon" in our new home, which was a series of unfortunate events. The chief problem was that, when the gas company turned on our gas (sole source of heat and hot water) the week of the wedding, they found holes rusted through our pipes. My husband and FIL had to replace all of the piping, but couldn't do it until the weekend AFTER the wedding. Our wedding weather was a beautiful 80F, but that very night it dropped into the 40s and rained. We couldn't heat the house, couldn't shower, couldn't even wash dishes! Even so, it's still among my favorite memories. :)

C.A. Worcester said...

Dear Mrs. T,

Anna!!! I am so HAPPY for you!!! What a joy to live in your OWN home....I know the feeling of overwhelming joy and just awe for God providing so richly (even if it isn't "rich" by the worlds standard). I am so truly happy for you.

I wish I lived close....with our recent move we had SO MUCH STUFF to give away, and it was all primo stuff too - household things and solid wood furniture - can you believe we couldn't even give it away. We donated all of it. I would of loved to have you had your pick.....but perhaps it is blessing some other new bride somewhere.

Can't wait to see more pictures.

Praying for you and thinking of you often - especially when I see flowers.....I guess I associate you with flowers now - maybe because of your "picture" at the top of your blog????? Go figure. hee hee.

In advance, happy Shabbat Shalom to you dearest and to your new husband. May God bless you both with love and happiness all your days. :-)

Blessings and Shalom,

C.A. Worcester

Terry said...

Nice to hear that all is well. And the household will come together, probably sooner than you realize. Blessings to you, Mrs. T, and to Mr. T as well!

Anonymous said...

I know I'm not the only one that is so excited to read your new posts -from a whole new perspective.

Congratulations again!

Bonnie said...

It's lovely to hear from you Mrs T!! I can't wait to see the photos!

All the best with getting your new home sorted - it sounds like a challenge!

God bless :-)

USAincognito said...

Congrats on the wedding! And I will pray for you and your husband as y'all adjust to married life and living on your own. House repairs are never fun - I know from experience! hehe!! But just enjoy this time and one day you will be able to look back and laugh at all the "bumps in the road" when y'all first got married! :)
Best wishes to your new life as a wife!
PS. Those are really cute glasses!! I love the print on them!

Sheri said...

Anna, it has been so exciting to read your journey to becoming an incredibly happy married woman! Congratulations!!! Oh, God is so good isn't he?!!

Enjoy every minute of this very special time with your husband and we all can't wait to see pictures of your wedding day!

Cristina (a.k.a. "Stramenda") said...

Anna . . C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !! for your wedding, your new life, everything ! I've been waiting for updates with such anticipation! I'm so excited and happy for you!!!!!!!! I'm sure you will have your household up and running in no time!

Michelle said...

I'm very happy for you guys that you're settling in and doing well! Your stories of challenges with the new place don't surprise me one bit :D Early marriage is always a time of adjusmtent. I remember being married on a Saturday and on Monday night, my poor hubby was stuck in the bathroom most of the night with the runs and having to go get him a glass of water and Immodium. I remember lying there in bed and thinking "so this is what real marriage is about" LOL. Congratulations

Kelli said...

Congratulations on your recent marriage, Mrs. T! :0) What lovely family and friends you have, I loved hearing about your blessings.
I can't wait to hear more about how you are settling into your new life and home. Thank you for sharing all you do with us!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations Anna! I remember our first few weeks as husband and wife. It is a fun time indeed! I also remember the joy I got out of saying simple things like "husband", "Mrs." and hearing the word "wife" spoken to me. My "calling" in life is to be a wife and a mother and when I finally was the "wife" part, I was thrilled!

I can't say enough how happy I am for you both!


Julie said...

I loved reading about your setting up house. It brings back great memories for me. My beloved and I have been together for a little over 7 years now. We have five children and keeping house is so much different. :)

Steve and Paula Runyan said...

Hi Anna,
Persevere, and great things will happen!
The first place my husband and I lived in was a cute little 600 square foot house, rented from family.
As my husband likes to say, it was not little enough, so we moved into a 12 by 24 cabin for the summer, in preperation to buy our first home. Now we own a beautiful2,000 square foot house. All of this happened in one years time!
God is faithful to them that call on His name :o)

Coffee Catholic said...

Anna I'm so happy for you!! Can you email me your new address?? God bless!!


Emily (Unfurling Flower) said...

I know all the about the challenges of a new house! Having lived in 4 different houses since moving out of home 3 and a half years ago, I've had my fair share of interesting accomodation experiences! But I know how exciting it is as well, and it must be especially wonderful to have your own home as a married couple for the first time. I pray that your home would be a wonderful haven. I look forward to hearing updates!

Kelly said...

Oh Anna, God Bless you both. Despite it troubles it is wonderful to have your own place. It may take awhile to get it were you want it. I mean I've been in my house four years now and it's still not where I want it. ;-)
Enjoy this time and don't rush to get everything done in the first week.

Kristy Howard said...

Congratulations, Anna, I am so very happy for you and your husband! God IS good... enjoy the blessedness of this season in your life! ~Kristy

Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. T/Anna!! =)

I'm very excited for you as I've heard some news about your life as a newlywed. I hope you get to catch some good rest in between your busy days being a new wife. And should you have the time to go back blogging, please do let us know more of how you've been!

Would love to read more on traditional Jewish culture. ;)

Love & prayers,

Ewokgirl said...

I'm so glad you're enjoying your new life, and that you have loved ones who have showered you with the necessities of life to set up housekeeping in your new home. I have to say that wedding gifts are some of my very favorite gifts to give because there's something so fun about choosing something that will help a young couple just starting out together.

Jess said...

Mrs. Anna T,
How very thrilled you must be. When I opened up your blog, I gasped and said, "SHE'S MARRIED!" With all the hubbub of Silas' birth, I lost track of what day you'd be joining the world of wives.

BIG CONGRATULATIONS, Anna. What a joy! I know living overseas has its challenges... and I'm sure they're amplified when living with a new husband and trying to get things right. But try to revel in these precious moments of being newly married-- what a special time!

May God flood your life and marriage with blessings,

Jan Hatchett said...

Greetings and blessing to you Mr. and Mrs. T! I am so glad to hear of how you are enjoying your early days together. Your posts took me on a lovely little trip down memory lane to 20 years ago. I was not as organized or resourceful as you are! I wish I understood the value of being a wife at the time. But, somehow, God's wisdom prevailed, and my hubby and I muddled along getting wiser (slowly) along the way.

20 years and 2 children later, I am pleased to say that God is faithful to us even though we don't deserve it!

Love to you both!

rhonda jean said...

Anna, how wonderful to feel the excitement of your first married days. You're in the best home for you right now. Walking into a ready made place, although convenient, doesn't give you that feeling of working together as a team for the first time. Facing these 'soft' adversities together will make you a stronger couple. You are creating the memories you'll tell your children about. Learn and enjoy it.

Elizabeth said...

"In the meantime I remain, an overwhelmingly happy young wife, your friend ... Mrs. Anna T ..."

How wonderful that sounds! :->