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