1 Good Thing About Growing Older

Perspective. That’s my favorite thing about growing older. To be able to look back and see how God took the pieces of my life and formed them into the picture I’m looking at now. 

Those pieces are definitely jagged and uniquely shaped. Some were cut with a dull knife. Others with manicure scissors. Others with a cookie cutter. Regardless, they make the picture of my life. 

And one of the best surprises: how God added some pieces from others’ lives to make my picture even more beautiful.

God brought Gene into my life when I was 14 years old. Meeting him in high school speech class added pieces to my picture for the next 34 years. Now that I think about it, pieces of his life are still combining with mine.

How it all began. High school speech class. Gene was president and I was secretary of our speech club. We both loved to talk and write. 

How it all began. High school speech class. Gene was president and I was secretary of our speech club. We both loved to talk and write. 

Our hometown. Meeting Gene and his wife Cindy’s daughter, Beth, when she and Cindy came to visit. 

Our hometown. Meeting Gene and his wife Cindy’s daughter, Beth, when she and Cindy came to visit. 

Oklahoma visit. Combining a business trip with a vacation. Meeting Gene and Cindy’s twin sons, Scott and Will.

Oklahoma visit. Combining a business trip with a vacation. Meeting Gene and Cindy’s twin sons, Scott and Will.

Church wedding. Marrying Gene after his wife Cindy passed away. I even made a list of all the reasons I loved him and gave it to him as a gift that day!

Church wedding. Marrying Gene after his wife Cindy passed away. I even made a list of all the reasons I loved him and gave it to him as a gift that day!

Beth’s wedding. She married Jeremy, and Gene officiated at their wedding.

Beth’s wedding. She married Jeremy, and Gene officiated at their wedding.

Grammy. Since Gene passed away in 2002, we have welcomed 7 new members of our family: 2 daughters-in-law, Alana and Meggan, and 5 grandchildren. I have the privilege of helping all of them remember their Poppy Gene and learn about Jesus.

Grammy. Since Gene passed away in 2002, we have welcomed 7 new members of our family: 2 daughters-in-law, Alana and Meggan, and 5 grandchildren. I have the privilege of helping all of them remember their Poppy Gene and learn about Jesus.

From a high school speech class to hearing Gene and Cindy’s grandchildren call me Grammy. Only God could make a plan like that! 

As difficult as it is to go on without Gene, we still have one another. I’m thankful for these relationships and this perspective: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).