I found him whom my soul loves.
I held him, and would not let him go…
Song of Solomon 3:4 (selected portion)
Happy birthday today to my husband Russell. Of his 69 years celebrated today, I love loved him for 55. Yes, I fell in love with him when he was 14. I was 12. True story. Of his 69 years, we have been married 49.
He is the best husband in the world. God gave him to me. God must be “especially fond” of me. That He is.
My deepest wish for my granddaughters is that they would follow God’s plan for their spouse and ultimately be blessed with a man like mine. My deepest wish for my grandsons is that they be like their grandfather, a strong man of God, a “man of steel and velvet,” who loves unconditionally, and with biblical proportions.
Russell is the oldest of four, two brothers and a sister. He and his brothers Curtiss and David must have been quite a handful for their mom! “All boy,” that’s what they were, for sure.
High School Basketball
High School Senior 1963
Our Wedding 1965
USMC Officer 1967-1970
(Viet Nam 1968-1969)
Two children: Mark (1970) and Sharida (1971)
First three grandchildren: Tory Elise (1993) Alyssa Megan (1993) and Conner Russell (1995)
Fourth grandchild: Dawson James (2006)
Our family Christmas 2013, L to R: Barbara, Russell, Sharida, Alyssa, Kristy, Conner, Tory, Mark, and Dawson in front.
Even if I didn’t have my own heart as a measuring stick for the picture of love that is this man, I have the verses in First Corinthians that define love—and that describe him—him whom my soul loves.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. – I Corinthians
Happy Birthday, Honey, and thank you for loving me even when I am not loveable, for putting up with all my faults, and especially for wearing those rose-colored glasses through which your view of me has been filtered for 55 years! I love you.