The first man I ever loved passed away this year on the day before his 86th birthday (January 11, 2013). I along with my sister and brother were so proud of our Dad. He worked for "The Superior Oil Company" for 42 years and loved his work. He lived a long & happy life. He had a wonderful & active retirement in which he played golf 3 times a week up until 2 months before his passing. We spent much quality time with him during the preceding holidays. He was not feeling well and told us he was just "tired". I miss the bear hug he always gave me, my heart still stings with pain. I know we will all be together one day in The Kingdom of God - what a glorious day that will be. Our hearts are broken and feel the hurt everyday. If anyone is interested, below is the website to view a gallery of pictures of my Dad and our family.
Met my husband, rwayne on May 7th, 1999 (ironically my parents wedding day back in 1955). I knew I found that once in a life-time love. The Lord has blessed me in so many ways since I met Ronnie. I was 42 !! Ronnie & I met in a Karoake bar. What is amazing about the night I met Ronnie is that I didn't want to go out that night. A close friend of mine called & asked if I would join him at our favorite Karaoke club? I told him I just didn't feel like going. He pleaded with me to go, finally I said yes. I arrived before my friend at Spotlight Karoake Club & sat at the bar. I signed up to sing a song. I was on stage when Ronnie walked into the club and he sat at the end of the bar. He sat 4 bar stools away from me, Joel had not arrived yet. Ronnie got up on stage to sing, the first song he sang was Bobby Darin's, "Dream Lover". My friends say this is his "signature song" because it was the first song I ever heard him sing. An hour passed and we both each sang on stage along with others that were in the club. I sang my usual songs; Patsy Cline, Karen Carpenter & Connie Francis tunes. Ronnie complimented me every sing & said I had a beautiful voice. THEN, Ronnie asked if he could join me, I told him that I was meeting a friend but said he could. Ronnie and I began chatting about different subjects for about 30 minutes, then Joel came in & I introduced them. I explained to Ronnie that I had known Joel for 10 years. We all sat and visited. When Ronnie sang, I told Joel, "Gosh Ronnie is singing all the songs I really like and I love listening to him..... my heart skips a beat when he sings.... what's going on?" Every song he sang was a favorite of mine. The evening pasted ~ while Ronnie was on stage, Joel pulled a good one on me, and said, "Susan, I'm going to leave now, Ron has his eye on you & is really listening to your singing, its time for me to leave." I told him NO, please don't go Joel, I'm so nervous, what will we talk about, I'm scared. He replied with "Susan just be yourself everything will be ok, you've been doing well so far". I was so nervous when Joel left but every word that was spoken between us was so tender & sweet. Ronnie thought that Joel and I were an item and I told him were were just friends. Get this, I mostly talked about my migraines that I have, while he talked about his 3 children. He began to tell me that he had been married for 18 years which ended in a divorce in 1996. He was doting on his 3 kids, Jason, Melissa & Ashley. He asked me for my phone number and asked me out on a date, and then walked me to my car like a real gentleman. Said he'd call me to confirm our date. I drove home in a daze not believing what the night had brought and to think I almost didn't go!
It was love at first sight for me. Our courtship was a whirl-wind. I had to keep "pinching" myself to see if I was dreaming! On August 7th, three months later he popped the question at Zales Jewelry Store, yes in a jewelry store, of course I said YES. We were married on April 29, 2000, he gave me the wedding of my dreams. I truly thought that I was going to live to be an "old maid" but my ship came in and on the ship was my prince charming. He's half of me, which makes me whole, I love him so much still today. I have welcomed his kids into my heart. He's an awesome Dad. "Our" kids have made me very proud and I've been blessed with 5 adorable grandchildren. Melissa has 3 daughters and is going to school to be a nurse. Ashley has a son who turned 5 October 21st of this year. I LOVE BEING A GRAND-MA (Sue-Sue is what they call me). My step-son married on April 24th, 2010 to a lovely girl who is now a part of our family. This is what makes our family whole -the children, I love them as though they were mine. I was able to have children but knew that I didn't want to raise a child on my own. I had some really hard knocks while in the dating scene, I never met anyone that was trust worthy or could give the love in return that I gave, that was until I met Ronnie, by that time I was in my 40's. We love our life together, but I always think about the "little life" that we could have shared.
Ronnie & I will celebrate 13 years of marriage on April 29th this year. Our love has only grown more with each year that we spent together. Ronnie is my lighthouse when there's a storm in the raging sea! He comforts me with his attentiveness. He is a good man and I admire his strength in faith.
I have lived most of my adult life here in the hectic City of Houston, but growing up we were a "traveling family" - not in the sense of just traveling but we moved often due to my Dad working in the oil business, "The Superior Oil Company" for 42 years. In other words, when the rig MOVED - we moved. I love being a TEXAN, George Strait is one of my favorite country artists, & as you can tell by my member name, I am crazy about Elvis, although rwayne does come first. I love singing and gardening (I love to watch things grow - "Flowers are Gods Way of Smiling"). I love family!