We noticed each other around 14 years old. We talked in the halls of our Junior High School and once in a while I walked her home from school. It was on one of those walks in the ninth grade I asked Gayle if, “I asked you to marry me what would you say?” She said yes! She said yes at 17 when on September 17, 1971 I asked her to marry me with an engagement ring. Then, “I do,” January 20, 1973 as 19 year olds. Last night on a couple of hour car ride, after hearing a message on the radio about godly women, I was pondering what an amazing lady Gayle is.
For all these years as two very imperfect people, she has learned to have such a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus, it has enabled her to love me unconditionally through thick and thin. She is my friend, lover and balancer. She is one of the few people I have ever met whose sole desire was to please the Lord and be a home maker, my wife and our kid’s mom. After all these years I want her more than ever. I still want to love her and share the rest of our lives together. All three of our adult children still love her more than life and value the investment she made in them. Our family loves to be together whenever we can and I attribute that to Gayle.
Most of you don’t know how difficult it would be living with me. I bore easily, get a million crazy ideas, am very hard to please and for much of my life have struggled with discontentment. But Gayle, has stabilized our home, has loved me and has for the most part done all that with love in her heart and a smile on her face. She has been at my side as an amazing partner now for almost forty-one and a half years. On this morning after Mother’s Day, I am so thankful she chose to love me and to have a family together. I have learned so much from her. Thank you misiz for being such an amazing wife and mom all these years. I love you severely.