Yesterday, Julie and I celebrated 8 years of marriage.  With the kiddos in bed, we marked the occasion over brownie sundaes.  Then we did something that was, strangely, a bit sad. We decommissioned one of our tall red bookshelves from the house to the garage.

When Julie and I were married, we were in a tight budget.  Yet  we made the best of what we had and created a warm home in the process.  Back then, I worked for a non-profit ministry, and in my home office I had these tall, narrow, sturdy bookshelves made of very sturdy composite wood.  Initially an unattractive grayish-beige, Julie had an idea of what they could become.

Red paint in hand, Julie recruited me to the project. She showed me how furniture can be painted and given a new life. And those two bookshelves became a mainstay in our home. Photos on them captured the story of our new life together.  We’ve since lived in 4 different homes with varying amount of space, and they’ve always been a bright focal point in any room.

Since those early days, we’ve continue to make the most of what we have.  Recently, I surprised to count over a dozen pieces of furniture in our home we’ve painted.  They are in every room of the house.  Initially Julie was the furniture painter, but I’ve taken it up, largely due to seeing what she’s done with several pieces in our home. 

The number is growing, which is why one of the red shelves has been bumped from the play room, to the garage.  I recently found a $12.99 entertainment cabinet at Goodwill that, well, looked pretty bad–AND had lots of potential as a new addition to the play room!  It will hold books and toys, and once the walls receive their new paint this weekend, I’ll show you how it looks in the playroom.

In the mean time, I am very grateful for my wife, who has embraced making the best of what we’ve got, verses feeling like we’ve got to have the best in life to be happy.  Julie, you make our marriage all the sweeter for approaching life that way.  Thanks for trusting God through thick and thin.  I’m so grateful for you!