Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This House We Built

I love music, especially country music. I'm a huge CMT and GAC fan. There are numerous songs that spark memories of my childhood, my marriage and my children.

Do you have those songs? Maybe a favorite song and when you hear it ... you are immediately caught up in a memory?

Today, as I was driving home from work, Brooks and Dunn was playing on my radio. "I'm Proud of the House We Built" came flooding through the speakers. Every lyric fits the life I have lived with my husband, Jerry.
We were married just two short months after I graduated from high school.
While most of my friends were picking colleges, I was picking out a wedding dress. While those same friends were moving into college dorms, I was moving into my first apartment as a married woman.

A year later, my friends were starting their first summer break from college and I was bringing home my first son. We were barely getting by paying the bills and supporting our little guy.

At the time, I never really gave much thought to how different my life course was from my friends. At sixteen years of age, I knew my days would be numbered right beside Jerry Willis. I didn't want it any other way and I wouldn't trade my today or yesterdays for any other.

When I hear "I'm Proud of the House We Built", I see an 18 year old, brown eyed boy ... asking
me to marry him. I can feel each memory in my heart and I'm very proud of the life we built. I'm thankful God gave me a man who could love me through the tough times and enjoy the good times right beside me.

We don't have a mansion on the hill. There are usually more bills than money. But, our house is stronger than any stone or steel. Our house is built on a strong foundation of love.

One truth kept me going and holds today, lots of things will come and go ... but love never will.

What's your favorite song and why does it mean so much to you?

Luke 6:48 "He is like a man building a house, who has dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built."


  1. You seem to have found the true riches earlier ~ love...Just like your strong house built on love, your faith shows that you have God as your foundation, too. And we know that nothing can ever shake that kind of foundation. That's awesome to hear that your marriage remains strong, when we hear a lot of young marriages dissolve. God did bring you both together. This is very inspiring. God bless you and your family.

  2. What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing. I am blessed to have stopped by, today.

  3. Thank you both for your sweet words. God Bless and thanks for stopping by.

  4. Aine,
    Thanks for visiting and your sweet comments.
    I'm glad I stopped by. Your love for your husband and what you have built together is still evident after all these years. What a blessing.

    To answer your question regarding the song. I can't believe I'm about to put this on the internet... The song that takes me back is *cough*Endless Love*cough*. And not the remake by Mariah, no, it's the original with Lionel and Diana Ross. Why do I love it? Because it's our theme song when DH & I were started going out. We're high school sweethearts, too. It was a time that held so much promise. I look back and see where God has taken us. I never could have imagined.

  5. What a beautiful post and blog. I did the same thing. Was married after graduating. Moved into our first home, then Started our family. I am blessed to say I have now been married for 24 years to my best friend, and have 7 blessings. I love country music too... Have a great day.

  6. Aine, (after reading your comment on my blog)

    You just outed me! Now everyone knows I'm a sap. :) I guess it frees me to admit I also like Air Supply's music - or will that get me banned from the internet now & forever? (Which incidentally is an Air Supply song.) ;)

  7. Thank You for joining my blog. I have joined yours too. Hope to get to know you. Many Blessings...