This is Michele. This picture was taken at her 15th birthday party. Michele is Mike's daughter, the love of his life. Mike married her mother and was thrilled when they found out they were expecting. It was his dream come true, a family! Michele is his Princess, his Baby, the entire room lights up for him when she walks in. He loves her, he cherishes her, and he would do anything on this earth for her.
The marriage didn't turn out as hoped however. They stayed together for Michele and for the sake of family for 5 or 6 years. Then she left, taking Michele with her and Mike was devastated. The very thing he never wanted and tried desperately to prevent had happened.
A couple of years later Mike became a Catholic, thinking if they were the same religion they could make it. Mike and Michele's mother remarried and Mike lead them seriously into Catholicism. The problem was the "same religion" thing didn't make the marriage. He returned to faith in Jesus Christ through the Blood of the Lamb (not the church), and tried to lead the family too. They rejected him and The Word. When Michele was around 11 or 12 years old, Michele's mother left again, again separating Mike from his daughter. At this same time the oilfield was bust. He lost everything, family, job, and he gave all the possessions, to Michele and her mother. It was the lowest point of his life.
Mike was faithful to the Lord, to Michele and to her mother. He sought the Lord to restore his family. He stayed in San Angelo or as close as possible to be near Michele giving up career opportunities. He prayed. He fasted. He spent as much time with Michele as possible, talking to her several times a day and he sent her mother support. He's not perfect but he did all he could do.
When Michele was 16 her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Mike asked her to come back and he would take care of her and Michele. She said, " No." Mike realized that as much as he did not want Michele in a broken home he needed to move on with his life.
The desire of his heart did not go away. He desired a righteous, God-honoring, Christian home. He began seeking the Lord for a wife, a helpmate, a like-minded partner. That's where I come in, and I'm not perfect, but we are like-minded.
We've been married twelve years this Wednesday, September 2,2009. The Lord has truly restored what the locust had eaten in both of our lives.
The pain in Mike's heart though is Michele. She insists on living her life the way she wants to live it, which normally would be fine except her lifestyle is breaking her Daddy's heart. He mourns for her and what she is doing to herself, her husband and her boys. He prays for her constantly.
Michele is still the love of his life, his Princess, his Baby, the light in his eye and isn't that the way love is? Love is our greatest joy and our greatest sorrow.
The Lord says, "Weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning."