When we were Young
This picture below shows Betty and I when we attended Florida Bible College. We had two children while I was going full time. Betty ran a boys dorm where Mike Otto, Bruce Porter, Lee Patton, Mike Moore and several others received two meals a day seven days a week for two years. My wife did put me through, what a woman.
Over the years, I performed many weddings, but often regretted not having a church wedding for Betty and me., No family and no pictures to share. But would you believe that after 25 years my daughter Trina surprised us with a church wedding so we could repeat our vows?
My son, David, died in 1991 at the age of 28. We will see him again, praise the Lord. Eddie is pictured with his wife Debra and two of the most precious grandchildren (Jordan and Abby) in the world. Eddie will be singing for us at Calvary Community Church at 10:30 on June 19th which is Father's Day. This is also our THIRD SUNDAY DINNER for all members and visitors. Come and bring your fathers.
If you would like to hear Betty and I sing our song as to why we made it this long CLICK HERE. Hope you enjoy and remember to love each other.
The Wedding that Never Was
Ralph "Yankee" Arnold
In the dead of night, before the morning light
Two hearts were young and gay;
Before the justice of the peace, and a five dollar bill
A rose was stolen away.
This is the wedding that could have been
Had the lord had his way with me;
To have the father give his daughter away
To a man for all to see.
After all these years, one thing i regret
Are memories that will never be;
To rob a man, of the master's plan
Is a deed that still haunt's me.
Take the time and read the poem below
And remember to always do right;
For the time will come with the setting of sun
That you'll know, and enjoy, with delight.
FROM YANKEE TO BETTY
It seems so right, you dressed in white
awaiting my hand in yours;
To make promises before man, and vows before God
Who looks on from Heaven's bright shores.
To love you, honor you, protect and provide
is my promise to ever be true;
To love no other, but faithful abide
and be the husband God meant for you.
For me to love you, as Christ loves me
is the true test of love divine;
To give to my wife, the supreme sacrifice
is the commitment of this life of mine.
As a token of my love for you
I place this ring upon your hand;
The circle which is eternal,
and our desire for the Master's plan.
Our hearts, like candles, shall melt together as one
as we walk in the warmth of God's Son;
Bone of my bone and Flesh of my flesh,
You're mine till our race is run.
To hear those words, "You may now kiss the Bride"
is a moment to enjoy for life;
But better still are the words so real,
"I pronounce you Man and Wife".