I am thankful to have a wife who makes me a better person in every way. She is humble yet strong in virtue. She is the embodiment of a Proverbs 31 woman.
We will be celebrating 45 years of marriage in March, but I feel like we have been close all of our lives. We dated all through high school and never broke up. She was my sister’s best friend since she was in 4th grade and I was in 5th grade. We were both from poor cotton farmer families and both with very similar values. Both of our mothers married when they were 15. My dad basically lead her dad to Christ over several weeks both sitting in a pickup truck on a cotton field turn row.
I am richly blessed to have both daughters and their families living in Midland along with our 4 awesome grandkids. All four attend a Christian school where my wife serves as one of the campus ministers. We get to attend all the grandkids sporting events and other activities. I am Papa and my wife is Nana. It doesn’t get any better than that!
My wife and I are both healthy and continue to work for the foreseeable future, as we continue to adapt to her mother living with us. Her mother was a real trooper for many years as here husband died of cancer in his 40s. They basically had nothing upon his death. Our retirement planning has suffered from bad luck and some poor decisions. When we were younger we were told to establish an emergency fund. We tried, but couldn’t stop the emergencies long enough.
The oil economy here has provided for some good years and some not so good years. I have been unemployed and I have been employed. Employed is much better! For that I am thankful for the bounty as well as the times of testing. I have learned much through both.
My wife has been a prayer warrior theough it all. I am more of a private prayer, but in the dark days of unemployment, my wife and I prayed together regularly as we faced very uncertain times. I regret not being faithful to praying together as much in the good times. Something to work on.