Photos above are of Bill and I in a younger day.
Well, Dear Ones, Valentine's Day is fast approaching and every year I look back 22 years ago at that moment when the Lord moved in my life to lead me to Bill.
I wanted to share our first meeting and would LOVE to hear about YOURS!!! Perhaps the first, "Love At First Site" meeting you had, or the "First Kiss"...whatever comes to mind that brings that passionate flutter to your chest and makes you say, "I'd marry him all over again!"
My story begins in August of 1986.
I was 19 and Bill was 26...yes, yes, he robbed the cradle, I KNOW!
It was Steppin' Out weekend in Blacksburg, VA and I was backed up to the brick wall outside
of Gillie's Restraunt on College Ave. The streets were filled with all walks of life and "THE BAND" was playing on the middle stage ahead of me.
My senior year student Government teacher, Steve Helm, had asked me at the close of the school year to come see his band play at Steppin' Out in August.
As I listened to the alternative rock band playing instrumental I didn't recognize anyone on stage, but my friend, Steve. Then...out of the crowd, this long blonde haired man, in ripped jeans and cut off t-shirt jumps up on stage, grabs the microphone and starts YELLING!!!
They were playing, "A Sort of Homecoming" by U2 and OH MY GOODNESS...did this guy have a VOICE!!! I just stood paralyzed as I hung on every lilting note that came out of his mouth!
The next year, in March, I came home from college. I saw posters around town of "The Bruise" opening with Bill McCarthy!
My best friend and I went to see him at The Cellar in Blacksburg and that night, that was the night Jesus used this man...my future husband, to bring me to His throne again!
After he sang, he shared a prose, as he sat in his romantic way upon the stool,
guitar at his side...he opened with the words.. "Every day I come to the edge of My mountain, to the point of nearly falling off, and I call to you..."
He went on to share a story of our Hound of Heaven...Jesus...who does not give up on us and pursues us...always.
I could not stop crying! I went out into the night and as I looked up at the moon that night I shared with my God, " I miss you."
After that Bill heard that I was touched by his opening at The Cellar and he looked at me the next day, over the ice cream case at Gillies' where he worked, and said, " So, I hear you want to talk to me." = )
We ended up having lunch on the grass hill across from Gillie's and he shared with me that Jesus was a person, and that I could have a personal relationship with Him.
We ended up becoming the very best of friends, he moved to Nashville to get into the music business, I followed him there, and then he popped the question.
We've been married since October 8, 1988
and his voice still turns me to butter. = )
Now..get those memories pumped and send on your stories...share your own stories on your blog WITH PHOTOS and let's fully engage in this LOVE Holiday!