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What are you thankful for?
« on: Mon Feb 05, 2018 - 10:10:49 »
I hope this gets some traction and we can feel encouraged reading about the successful things happening in one another's marriages.

I am thankful for a man who isn't freaked out that he is married to a strong woman with a sensitive soul.  He encourages me and lets me know he is thankful for how I look at the world, and that I share those insights with him.
I am thankful that his brain works so very differently from mine! His strengths are my weaknesses and I can have full confidence in his leadership in those areas.

 

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« Reply #1 on: Mon Feb 05, 2018 - 13:54:50 »
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.
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« Reply #2 on: Mon Feb 05, 2018 - 13:59:20 »
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. 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 ife and I are both healthy and continue to work for the foreseeable future. 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 theough 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.

 ::smile::  Thanks for sharing!  We have been blessed that dh is in a field where the job has security. What you've gone through with being employed and then unemployed is an amazing testimony!  I love it when dh and I remember to pray together.  I pray better out loud, where my mind isn't so inclined to wander. (red face) I'm a daydreamer, so staying focused proves to be a challenge for me.

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« Reply #3 on: Mon Feb 05, 2018 - 14:54:33 »
The time I was unemployed was for a period of 6 months. I was 51 years old. I had had a recurring fear of waking up unemployed one day and 50 years old. It came true!

My wife and I would pray that God would open doors that needed to be opened and shut the doors he wanted closed. As it turned out I got a job from a friend that needed some land work done about 175 miles from home. Previously I had managed office buildings and had never done landwork for an oil company, but basically taught myself the work as I went. It has been a very good career, though I did get tired of living in a Holiday Inn Express and commuting home on the weekends for 2-1/2 years. I would have NEVER chose that path in a million years, but God knew better. It was tough on my wife and me, but thankfully My travelling landman days gave me the experience to have a job in the city I live right smack in the middle of the most active oil basin in the US and maybe the world (the Permian Basin of West Texas). Very exciting times here now.
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« Reply #4 on: Mon Feb 05, 2018 - 15:25:16 »

Congrats to you and the Mrs. on 45 years!


When I read this-




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.

I thought I was reading the lyrics to that old Frankie Valli song My Eyes Adored You

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Carried your books from school
Playin' make believe you're married to me
You were fifth grade, I was sixth when we came to be




My parents have a similar story - went to school with each other, married at 17 and 18, and been married 63 years.


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« Reply #5 on: Mon Feb 05, 2018 - 16:54:35 »
 When I think of our history together, the song Jon Deere Green comes to mind.  ::smile::

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=X0387lIpG7Q

Or this one talking about her daddy said that boy ain’t got a lick of sense!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=whOJ_CfUVhQ
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« Reply #6 on: Mon Feb 05, 2018 - 17:02:45 »
When I think of our history together, the song Jon Deere Green comes to mind.  ::smile::

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=X0387lIpG7Q

Awww, every girl needs the memory of her name lovingly graffitied on a water tower (or the spillway at the lake).

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« Reply #7 on: Mon Feb 05, 2018 - 17:18:47 »
The time I was unemployed was for a period of 6 months. I was 51 years old. I had had a recurring fear of waking up unemployed one day and 50 years old. It came true!

My wife and I would pray that God would open doors that needed to be opened and shut the doors he wanted closed. As it turned out I got a job from a friend that needed some land work done about 175 miles from home. Previously I had managed office buildings and had never done landwork for an oil company, but basically taught myself the work as I went. It has been a very good career, though I did get tired of living in a Holiday Inn Express and commuting home on the weekends for 2-1/2 years. I would have NEVER chose that path in a million years, but God knew better. It was tough on my wife and me, but thankfully My travelling landman days gave me the experience to have a job in the city I live right smack in the middle of the most active oil basin in the US and maybe the world (the Permian Basin of West Texas). Very exciting times here now.

Awesome stuff, Jaime.  Thanks, truly for sharing. I am *always* so encourage and blessed to hear of God's provision through the testimony of others, and all that He's been faithful to bring them through. 

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Or this one by Tricia Yearwood talking about her daddy said that boy ain’t got a lick of sense!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=whOJ_CfUVhQ

When you described the hickness of your raisin' it made me think of this song for you and the Mrs.-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07_rnlBezQg

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« Reply #9 on: Mon Feb 05, 2018 - 17:22:03 »
(((Mr and Mrs Jaime, MeMy and her hubby, and all happily married people here)))

 ::smile::

I feel guilty accepting the title happily married, cause sometimes...hooo doggie, I'd like to string that man UP! Haha!  But, then again, I guess happy does qualify; because mostly we are, and we we isn't, we WORK to get back to a good place with each other.  I adore him; and inexplicably, he feels the same about me! ::smile::

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« Reply #10 on: Mon Feb 05, 2018 - 19:25:51 »
Yes Mommydi I am a redneck hick.

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« Reply #11 on: Mon Feb 05, 2018 - 19:39:49 »
Yes Mommydi I am a redneck hick.

There's nothing wrong with that, Jaime!

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« Reply #12 on: Mon Feb 05, 2018 - 21:03:54 »
I was such a naive hick, I had heard of marijuana but I never saw anybof it in high school and only first saw a marijuana cigarette when I was a sophmore in college. A hippy Kid I was working with was smoking a funny looking cigarette. I asked him what the heck he was smokin’. He said weed man! I got mad and told him to get  rid of it. He said no of course and proceeded to badger and belittle me because I wouldn’t take a puff. I finally said OK, I will take one onenouff if he would take a dip of my Copenhagen snuff. I to a puff and inhaled as best I could and of course I felt nothing. He took a big ol’ dip and sat their for a minutr and finally looked dizzily at me and said, “man that’s some good ****.” Hippy 0, Hick 1.
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