|Frances and Me|
God has been so good to me to give me a good and godly wife! She is my inspiration. The greatest moments in my adult life have happened with her by my side. She is beautiful, brilliant, dignified and so sweet that sugar won't melt in her mouth. The sight of her smile, when focused on me, takes my breath away. She has incredible inner strength that others are attracted to like a magnet. Honesty comes naturally for her. She speaks what she means and means what she speaks. She has raised our three daughters up to be lovely women who share the same old fashioned values with their Mom - and did this while I was away much of the time, "somewhere working for the Lord". Yes, the Lord has been good to me. When we met, she was at Berea College in KY, working on plans to become a medical doctor/missionary. However, when I asked her to marry me she changed her plans to fit in with her husband's plans. She went on to U.T. in Knoxville, TN and earned her B.A. degree in Education. She became a school-teacher and helped support me while I pastored small churches that could not pay a full salary. After five years she followed me to Guyana, S. America, back to Tennessee, then to Africa where we lived for ten years! So she has literally followed me half way around the world. What a woman !
God was also good to us over the years and as we pastored churches for 24 years and served in missions for 23 years. He gave us many good friends. One such friend from a church we pastored in the 1980s sent an e-mail asking us to join him for breakfast on the morning of June 2nd at the Cracker Barrell for breakfast. Bobby R. and his wife lived across the street from us for 7 years. He was on the Church and Pastor's council and also led singing in our church. He worked with our youth of the church and won their respect and trust. He currently works for the State of Tennessee and has responsibilities all over the eastern part of our state. We are thankful to you, Bobby, for being our friend.
|Bobby R., Church Member and Good Friend|
Immediately after our leisurely visit with Bobby, we received a call from Frances sister, Beth, that Curtis was having a tough time. We decided to spend the rest of our day by driving up and spending some time with Beth and Curtis. He has to have oxygen 24/7 and is feeding himself through a tube into his stomach, but maintains a most congenial and positive attitude. I was privileged to take Beth to the grocery store and help with an errand or two. Then we joined two of Frances Brothers and one of the wives at the new BoJangles for dinner before driving back home. We were tired but felt a sense of satisfaction. Curtis has a new laptop and a grandson is there with them to help him whenever he has a tech problem. So - Curtis, if you are reading this blog - THANKS for your hospitality! I still think you should consider doing a blog and giving us your thoughts here. What about it?
|Curtis in front of his new laptop|