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Marriage, Renovations, & Practice



Marriage can be a very good thing when two people are compatible. Same with any long term relationship. Compatible doesn’t mean the same, it means a good fit. My husband and I have different personalities. He’s got a lot more energy than I do. He’s a morning person, and I’m a night owl. He gets energized by being around people. I get tired after about an hour – five minutes if there’s a lot of talking, bright lights, and extraneous noise.

But we have similar values. We both love dogs. We’re spiritual. And wonderfully, we are both conservative in our lifestyles, but liberal in our beliefs. Used to be not conservative in lifestyle, and I’m glad we lived to tell about it. He says it would not have worked if we had kept dating and gotten married from that high school romance. Maybe he’s right. We needed to grow up and learn stuff. LOTS of stuff. We learned a lot from out previous marriages.

Guess what! Today is our anniversary! Six years since we said, “I do.” It’s been a good six years, and I am very thankful to have had a solid, dependable partner through the death of my dog and then my father. His dogs and father died, too. Now, we are facing a smaller but more drawn out challenge.

As you may know, our house in Wilmington is getting renovated and we’re staying the the house an hour away that I inherited from my parents. We’ve had to nudge the workers to move along with the bathroom and kitchen floor. The mental roof should be in Monday, so they say, but that’s just the materials. We were hoping to be home by Christmas, but it doesn’t look like it. We found out that the electrician condemned our wiring! So they got another electrician for a second opinion. He condemned our wiring, too. It’s an old house. David says he’s in agreement that we need new wiring on most of the house.

When I first found out, I was frustrated and disappointed. Now, I’m wondering, realizing, that this is God’s way of keeping us safe. I’m very thankful we have another house to stay in and that I can work on clearing out the clutter and stuff my parent’s owned. Sorry Mom and Dad, it’s not all clutter. Plus I get to clear out some of my own clutter in the process of moving everything away from the walls in the Wilmington house. Good thing I don’t have  a job, because this IS my job. And I’m getting better at it with practice. Kinda like marriage.

Bride & Groom framed by doors

December 1, 2012

Our Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday was “ma.” We were instructed to “use it as a word or find a word with “ma” in it. Bonus points if you start your post with that word. Enjoy!”

Ta da! Bonus points!

To find out more about Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday magic, visit

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

38 thoughts on “Marriage, Renovations, & Practice

  1. Congratulations on 6 years 🙂 I’m in year ten. Lots of finding out what compatible is and what compromise is 🙂

  2. Well happy anniversary to you! You’re a beautiful bride, positively glowing!
    That’s too bad about the wiring. It does feel good to have new wiring in an old house though 🙂

  3. Congratulations on your anniversary! I hope you’re as happy as Mary and I are (we’ll be married 41 years in January).

    Any time you have work done, even on a brand new house, part of the job is bringing everything up to code. Your parents probably didn’t have any need to check the wiring after a certain point (maybe never), but it’s something you don’t want to mess around with. It sounds like a lot of money, but it has to be done, regardless of whether you plan on moving in or selling it.

    • Thank you, John. The wiring job is on the house in Wilmington I’ve been living in for 30 years which is getting renovated while we stay at the house I inherited from my parents. I get confused sometimes, too. 🙂 Both houses probably need new wiring, but one step at a time. I appreciate your support and encouragement.

  4. Happy Anniversary!! Congrats to the beautiful smiling couple! Hope for smooth sailing as the renovation continues.

  5. Happy wedding anniversary, JoAnna! Sharing similar values do go a long way for building a stable relationship. All the best with your home renovations.

  6. Great Big Congratulations JoAnna you looked a beautiful bride.. and while it is frustrating to wait a while longer.. Rewiring is worth it.. and once done its done… And good to see you looking upon delay in a positive light… Meaning you will not be rushing through the tidying and clearing ..
    Sending Love and Blessings for many many more years of Happiness .. ❤ ❤ ❤

  7. A very happy anniversary to you both! Compatible is key to making the whole thing work, especially with stressful things like your renovation. So glad they found the problem with that wiring while you were elsewhere!

  8. Great post! Such a wonderful story, you and your hubby. Always makes me smile. Big hugs, and hope the rest of the house project goes easily. 😊

  9. Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many more years of happiness. Lovely photo of your special day. 🙂

  10. Congratulations on six years of a good marriage. I am happy for you. Your wedding photo is such a good one. Both of you are glowing and look very happy. Loss pulls couple together or drives them apart. A good mate such as yours is one to be thankful for. You were very lucky. Good marriages do not happen every day. Bless both of you.

  11. Do you get bonus points for also ending with “ma”?
    Beautiful bride , beautiful couple. I alway enjoy reading your posts. Your writing has a serene flow about it… truly calming; relaxed. I sense you are that way in life too.
    Happy Anniversary!

    • Thank you so much for this lovely compliment and the anniversary wishes. I’m greatly pleased to know my writing is serene. Most people say I have a calm and serene personality. That’s how I prefer to be though there are times when anxiety can get to me and my closest family members have seen me meltdown a couple of times. Still, I’ve not been inside anyone else’s head, so maybe I am relatively serene. Thank you.

    • Yes. Bonus points for beginning and ending this time.

  12. Ah! I have so much I want to say!…First…HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 😁😁 A wonderful 6 years….your photo is BEAUTIFUL…you are Beautiful!
    I love that you for together so nicely…that is the key I think.

    I know you want to be in your home for Christmas, but I am so happy they found the wiring issue!! That is nothing to mess with! Just today I plugged a lamp at my Mother’s condo into a socket and it shot out a flame, tripped the breaker, and scared me to death!! I screamed so loud and thought for sure I was electrocuted😉 So…I will say that it doesn’t matter where you guys are…only that you are together💜

    Sending live and blessings to you and your, JoAnna.

  13. Have you ever heard of the Red Thread of Fate? I love this idea, and it’s soooo you. It keeps hope alive. Happy Anniversary!💕

  14. CONGRATULATIONS on your anniversary! Heres to a whole lot more … perhaps 50?

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