October 1st was our ten year anniversary. I have some very special pictures and memories to share. Since we were already married and had had Elisabeth when I started this blog, we were never able to share our earlier days together before marriage or the wedding pictures.

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2005 – The Summer Before MarriageFH000005FH000004

What a carefree and easy life…. Youngens we still were.   : )

We were looking to buy a home in the beautiful town of Raymond, Washington. We were soon to be married and wanted to have a look around. We found an old 100+ year old home with over 150 acres…. Matthew thinks it was more like 250…. I don’t remember. Anyways, he packed us a picnic lunch so after we were done looking at the home, we could wander up into the hills and have our picnic with view and all. What a surprise it was to me. He was always full of surprises. He had a very romantic spirit about him. We had so much fun during our courtship together. Here’s some pictures from our picnic. FH000013

What a happy looking man.



We never bought the home because the home was delapitated and the Lord told me that “Less is More” (acreage).


Outside of his home before marriage. He sold this old dog of a 1978 home for a good amount of money because it was on valuable land in Steilacoom. We were able to put a down payment of over $100,000 on our farm home in Westport soon after marriage. We both wish now that we had bought a home almost cashed out with that money.


We had such a fun time together. We wrote and talked to each other every day. He bought his first cell phone just so we could have free minutes between us. We used over 1600 minutes one month. We courted off and on for over 2 years but our last 6 month were the most memorable. We saw each other every single day even though we were 1+ hours away from each other. How did we meet? We were in homeless ministry together.

Now be patient with me while I continue to work on a brief life of ours together this month. I don’t quite yet know how many parts this may be or how quickly it will be done.  Anyhow, it will be fun to reflect upon our time and love of our life together.


  1. You have lots of great photos! I was always the photographer so I have few of “us”.
    I can see the love in both of you. So nice to see in a couple! :o)

    • Yes, I’m the photographer now so I know what you mean. Last year someone on the blog here asked to see some pictures of me! I hadn’t even thought about it that there weren’t any of me since Iowa or so. I like seeing pictures of the blogger too… maybe we can get a picture of you sometime. : )

    • Yes, now we look forward to a few years together before death. I’ve asked the Lord many times for just 5 years of good health together after the last one leaves the house. Matthew would be maybe 75 years old or so… : )

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