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Sunday, June 22, 2003

I proposed to my wife on the steps of a small white church in Shiloh, Texas just south of Livingston some 9 years ago. We were on our way to a family reunion, and the ring was burning a hole in my pocket. I'm one of those people who have a hard time waiting for the special event to come in order to give a present to a person. For example, when I buy a birthday gift for someone, I generally want to give it to him or her early! So you can imagine how much I wanted to give Jill that ring as soon as I bought it.  

At the time, I was living in Florida and Jill was living in Texas. I had designed a unique ring that I thought Jill would like, and it took awhile for it to be made. I had a special time and place arranged to ask Jill to marry me. Unfortunately, that time and place came and went and the ring was not ready.  I did finally get the ring, and the next time I saw Jill we were our way to that family reunion.  

I woke up that morning and asked Jill's father if I could marry his daughter.  He simply said, " I think that's a real good idea ".  I had also decided that morning to make up a little white lie about a special spot that was on the way to Livingston.  I had made the trip to Livingston as a young boy with my late father since he had a home there. So it was easy to convince Jill that I had stopped at a special spot many times with my him during those trips. As far as she knew, I simply wanted to stop and share that location with her.  

She anxiously tried to guess when and where we were going to stop. That's when I saw it.  Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Shiloh Church through the pine trees. I shouted, “There it is" and turned around. We pulled up to the church and Jill ran up to the door and looked through the windows. As she was distracted looking into the old church, I snuck up behind her, got down on both knees, and asked her to spend the rest of her life with me. She dropped down to both knees, and, through the tears, agreed to marry me.  

Now, there is a reason that I'm telling this story.  A couple of weeks ago, Jill and I traveled up to Tyler, Texas for me to give my testimony a couple of times at Bethel Bible Church. The trip was great and is a story in itself. All I am going to write about here, though, is the trip home.  Reason:  we decided to stop at Shiloh Church and take a picture with Faith.  

Well, after pulling up to the church and reminiscing for a few minutes, a car drove up and a lady by the name of Margaret Williams came up and introduced herself. It turned out that she was a member of the church and there was some type meeting that evening. We told her the story of my proposal at the church and she was very intrigued. However, we could have never guessed what was going to happen next.  

A second lady came up by the name of Rachel Hodges with a even more interesting story. It turned out that her husband recently had a stroke and was currently in Hermann Hospital in the intensive care unit; the very same I C U that I had been in. There's more. It also turns out that he was on a ventilator, the doctors were giving little hope, and there were a big problems between her and his family.  Finally, the main thing holding her together was a deep faith in God.  Does all of this sound familiar?   

You can imagine how much she and Jill had to talk about. They encouraged each other, pulled up each other's faith, and received each other as prayer partners. As Christians, I believe that there are no coincidences. I now know why the ring was not ready in time nine years ago. God’s plan was to have us at that church, at the very moment to meet Rachel Hodges.  Reminding me once again that, “ All Things work for good for those love the Lord’. 

… Having a child has changed everything!  Buying Jill a mother's Day present and receiving a Father's Day present will go down as one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have become more reflective, protective, and thankful than I ever thought possible. On that note, let me update you on our little family here. 

Faith Anne is doing great. Check out some pictures. She is now rolling over, talking baby talk, and starting to eat some type of rice of cereal. We have even taken her to a friend’s swimming pool, and she loved.  She is changing so fast.  Oddly enough, she is in the 95 percentile of length.  We are not very tall, but our uncles on all sides are over 6 ft.  I have been trying to delay the transition to solid foods. Jill is convinced that I am subconsciously trying to stunt her growth! J  Maybe I am. I am already dreading the day when she will not let me kiss her in front of her friends. Am I crazy? 

Something great has happened with my respiratory function.  Jill found a clinical trial up in Chicago. After speaking with the doctor a few times, we pretty much decided that it was cost-prohibitive for me to join the study.  Fortunately, the drug is already an FDA approved treatment for asthma. Because of this, the doctor agreed to send me the regiment for the trial. I took that information to my doctor and he wrote the prescription. After taking the drug for six weeks, my respiratory function increased 20%!  Not only does my voice sound almost normal, I can also clear my lungs 95% of the time.  And this was a one-time deal in that I never have to take the drug again.  If you know anyone who may benefit from the treatment have them go to:  http://www.spinalcord.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=41080 .






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