This day is the anniversary of the very best day of my life – the day that Bill Petty made me his wife! Bill is the best man I know, and I am humbled and even a bit surprised that he chose me to be his wife! Our wedding wasn’t very big, but I was so excited to even be having a wedding! We had only know each other 9 months when we got married, but we knew God had brought us together. Daddy was working out of town, and came home Saturday morning just in time for the wedding. Mama made her own dress, and she was beautiful! We had typical wedding day trauma, though. Jeanne was my Matron of Honor, and her baby boy got very sick the night before. They ended up taking Michael to the ER Saturday morning, and weren’t able to make it back in time to get ready for the wedding! My wonderful sister-in-law, Greta, let us talk her into wearing Jeanne’s dress, and acting as my Matron of Honor. The rains poured, but the sun peeked out just as Bill and I came out of the sanctuary. It was just such a sweet feeling of approval from our Heavenly Father! And Bill is my husband…STILL! I continue to be amazed that he comes home from work to me everyday!
Bill has the most tender heart of any man I know. He weeps for the hurts of others, as well as cries tears of joy at their good fortune. Now this is not to say that Bill is easy – he is very discerning, and I know that one of the reasons the Lord put us together because I tend to be terribly gullible!
Bill shows me every day a beautiful picture of how Christ loves his church. Bill has been laying his life down for me and for our children for 32 years. He always puts our needs, and most of our wants, before his own. He doesn’t even seem to think of himself, but quickly sees the needs of others, and sets out to do what he can to fill them.
My husband’s great love for his family is being shown even today. When Bill left his previous job, they sold him his work truck – a truck he had driven since it was new, a 2008 F250 that can pull anything, and has done so!! Bill loved his truck, or perhaps I should say he appreciated it. It was a part of his daily life for 4+ years, and did everything he needed it to do. He bought it from the company thinking he would use it for hot-shot work. He now works for a hot shot company, and drives their truck rather than his. He has seen all the paperwork and regulations necessary for this work, as well as the costs of fuel and upkeep of the vehicles. It can be overwhelming!
So my sweet hubby came to a very difficult decision, and he sold his truck yesterday. I know him, and am pretty sure a tear came into his eyes when the buyer drove it away. He becomes so attached to his mechanical things – there’s just something about the roar of an engine that gets my sweet hubby’s blood pumping, and this truck was a V10! Powerful stuff!!
There was another issue involved that nudged him toward selling it, and that is the fact that our Dannye Reigh doesn’t have a vehicle of her own. Her transmission went out in her truck last year, and we simply haven’t been able to repair or replace it.
So today, Bill and Dannye Reigh are out looking at cars. He has had her looking at ads, and today they are checking some of them out. I know Dannye Reigh will be so grateful when they find the right car! And I know Bill’s heart will be full to see his “Sugar Bear” driving her own car!
I don’t think we will be doing any anniversary celebrating tonight, but I’m hoping for a bit of a getaway in the next couple of weeks! I told Bill that I don’t need anything fancy. I’m just hoping for someplace where he doesn’t know anyone, and perhaps the owner/manager doesn’t even speak English! My hubby never meets a stranger, and I’d just really love having him all to myself!
God bless your day! He sure has blessed mine!!!!