Creative, Married, Special Needs Children, Work-at-home, Writer, Full Time Ministry
Bio; Short Professional. Can be edited inside.
OUR LOVE STORY OF 47 YEARS
Dean and I met on April Fool's Day during my first year of Bible College in Minnesota. My husband being very impetuous asked me to marry him within weeks. I was 18 and Dean was 21.
We were married August 15 that year. Could a marriage like this last? God in his goodness has brought us through. After we were married we stayed out of college a year, living in a suburb of Chicago, then returned to finish College in Garland, Texas. God provided scholarships from Dean's work to pay college bills. Our first daughter Michelle was born there.
After college Dean became a Music and Youth Pastor in a church in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Two more daughters were born, Kimberly and Carolyn. Not making much money, God provided a doctor that never charged us for delivery or anything else. We bought a small home that needed fixing up. This could really get long telling the story of that house. After three year Dean was ordained and felt it was time to take his own church. Our house sold and we were to vacate the end of February. We had no place to go. Dean candidated in a church toward the end of February. We were ready to move on a Monday but did not know yet where. The church in Wisconsin called us on Sunday night before the move. God answered our prayer just in time.
Thus we moved to Wisconsin. Dean pastored there for just over 6 years. So many memories and the fun we had as we grew up together. We had two motorcycles with child seats on the back. Dean would ride the youngest on his back and one more in the child seat. What would the law say today? We had a young church and they loved the contests we thought up and the church grew.
Through some difficulties we decided to move to Greenville as Dean wanted to take some classes at Bob Jones. He got into Real Estate and became a top salesman. With the girls in school and Dean’s work, we couldn't quite find the time for school. After only a couple of years, our pastor in Greenville, recommended Dean to a church in Iowa. (What a trial)
We moved to Iowa in November and left the next June. It was not a match made in heaven. Dean helped his mother fix up a log cabin that summer.
Before the girls started school, Faith Baptist Church of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois called Dean as pastor. We lived in St. Joseph, a small town nearby so that the girls could go to a Christian school. Our family grew up here. We had the joy of Bible Schools, Christmas programs, Cantatas and God giving the increase in our church. I worked as church secretary. Our church was in a bad area of town with a run down building. We worked to fix it up and our church grew. We bought land and built a beautiful building that would seat 250 people. Michelle finished college and Kimberly was married. After nearly twelve years, it was time to move on but Carolyn stayed behind.
I had worked at a children's home in Champaign-Urbana so we got a job at a children's home in North Carolina, working with teenage boys. We moved to a cottage on the grounds. A year proved about all we could take. During this time needing to get away we bought a home in Greenville, S.C. and commuted, as we would be on duty 10 days 24/7 and then off 5 days. When we quit we moved to Greenville. Dean worked at sales jobs furniture and cars and I worked at a girls group home on weekends. That summer we both worked at a Boys Home as weekend house parents. We enjoyed that but God had other plans.
In 1992 we accepted a call to a very small church in Indiana, but before we moved Michelle came by to tell us she was expecting our 1st grandchild. We were unable to sell our house therefore we rented it. We cried as we left, we were so very tired. Dean pastored this small church in a very small town for three years. After living in large towns it was a difficult and lonely ministry.
We decided to go back and work in the children's home again, this time it was work a week 24/7 and off a week. We moved in with Kimberly and her husband during our time off. They had a great big house. We worked with teenage girls, a very different and difficult job. We were there nearly a year and were able to pay off our home in Greenville.
We were ready to move back in our home in Greenville but because we had rented it, we had to live with our oldest daughter while waiting 9 months for our renters to move out. By then Michelle had two children. We were all living in a two bedroom, one bath house and we slept on a fold out couch in the living room. Dean got a job as a motor coach driver so he was gone a lot. At least I did not have to be alone.
That May, how good it felt to finally get back into our home. We knew now why God had not allowed it to sell. We got a job at another home for troubled boys. This time it was 8 hour days or rather nights which was much easier. Dean got a better job and I was able to quit. He started writing poems and songs which he performed in church. He started a business with a friend which went fairly well.
A little over a year ago Dean had a stroke. He is now disabled on his left side. He writes Christian poetry and puts it on a website http://www.biblepoemsbydean.com and I have a website selling Pepper Spray and home security products. My website is, http://www.peacemakerpepperspray.com .
Our married life has been a moving experience, as we have moved 18 times. We have lived in Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Iowa, Indiana, and North Carolina. Where ever Dean is, is where I call home. All the girls are married. Michelle has 3 children, Kimberly 4, two of which are twins, and Carolyn 2.
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