My husband Steve, my dog Skippy and I live less than one-half mile away from Lake Pend O’reille, one of the largest fresh-water lakes in the world. My home town of Sandpoint is surrounded by evergreen trees, tall mountains, and the beautiful Lake Pend O’reille. Though I’ve traveled some, it is the most beautiful country I have ever seen. It is truly God’s country, and you can see His fingerprint on every part of it.
In 1991, after a previous bad marriage, and promising myself I would never marry again, I met Steve. We became good friends, and in 1994 we were married. God used each of us as His tools to help us recover from previously bad marriage relationships. God has truly blessed us!
Steve enjoys computers, photography, riding his bike, playing the guitar and singing, watching television, and occasionally writes letters to inmates in prison, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them.
Steve has five sons who have grown up and moved on to their own lives. Unfortunately, they do not come around and I haven’t had much of an opportunity to get to know them. But we are praying and I know God can turn this around in His time!
My husband Steve is a medically retired disabled Veteran. Because of his medical condition, Steve can’t drive. For many years, He was stuck home, alone, during the day, while I was working. After our boys left home, Steve became lonely and wanted company during the day.
Several years ago we adopted Skippy from a woman who later became a good friend of mine and a coworker. She rescued dogs from shelters and trained them for the “Dog’s for the Deaf” program. Skippy did not pass the program because he was too timid and would not get on his master’s lap when the doorbell rang, and he had apparently been mauled by a toddler and didn’t like small children. Upon hearing that Skippy had been rescued from a shelter and had a hard time around children, we agreed to get together and meet Skippy.
On the day Skippy came to our house, we both knew he was sent to us to fill our empty nest and be a companion for us. We adopted him and he has been with us for many years. Since that time, Skippy has figured out that I have a slight hearing loss, and he thinks he was trained to help me–and may that was God’s plan, I don’t know. Skippy follows me everywhere. When Steve is gone, he stands guard at the door, listening for noises and warning me of any impending danger. Several times he has alerted us to people passing by our home at night and dogs trying to get into our garbage.
Skippy was faithful to watch out for Steve and keep him company. Skippy has been a blessing from God, and a faithful companion to us! He has become a member of our family, and he goes with us whenever possible. He loves riding in the car.
Though we have a lot of sons, they are grown and have families of their own. Generally, they don’t spend a lot of time at our house. So Steve, Skippy, and I spend our time doing many things together. Our family has truly been blessed.