For those of you who don't know much about Tommy let me fill you in a little. Tommy was born on January 31, 1956. He was born in Atlanta, GA, but soon moved to California. Tommy lived in California until he was 11 years old, at that time his family moved back to Georgia. Tommy's Uncle Ray had become a Christian and talked with Tommy about how Jesus died for him...he also took Tommy to church with him. One day he gave Tommy a tract, Tommy read the tract and that night at his grandmother's house, Tommy knelt beside his bed and prayed the prayer of salvation that was on the back of the tract. He got up and went to sleep...from that moment forward Tommy's life was never the same. He had a hunger to know more about the Bible, to know about God! Tommy experienced some persecution for his beliefs, he was called a "Candy", by his coach, because he decided to quit the basketball team because practice interfered with his activities at church, but Tommy didn't care, he knew his life was not about basketball! I wouldn't ordinarily speak for Tommy, but I think I can say without reservation that Tommy has never regretted the decision he made almost 41 years ago to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior!
I can't begin to totally describe Tommy to you in one blog, but I can tell you from his wife's perspective...Tommy is a wonderful husband, he is a man of God, that will never back down from his beliefs! Tommy is an amazing father and grandfather! He has 4 great kids and 5 precious grandchildren that he loves dearly! Tommy has a great sense of humor and is so much fun to be around...Tommy loves woodworking, he has never been a sports guy, so we will NOT be watching the Superbowl tomorrow!:) Tommy enjoys watching movies...He even likes chick flicks, don't tell him I told you, but he usually cries more than me!! Tommy also enjoys watching Seinfeld...He doesn't have the greatest memory, but he can quote almost any Seinfeld episode! Tommy has a beautiful singing voice, though he has never been trained, he has a God-given talent and he does use this talent for the Lord, singing in the choir at church as well as singing solos! Most importantly, Tommy lives his life to honor and glorify God in all he does, whether it's being a good husband and father, whether it's being a student at school or whether he is picking up trash at his part-time job. Tommy does it all to the glory of God! And I am so humbled that the Lord saw fit to put this wonderful man in my life. Tommy makes me a better wife and mother. Tommy makes me a better person in every way! And I love him with all my heart! Happy Birthday Baby...I love you!!
We have had such a good time celebrating Tommy's birthday! Tommy slept most of the day because he worked last night and has to work tonight as well...Anyway, we started off by opening his presents, Fiddle Faddle (Tommy's favorite) and a new Bible...Tommy has been going back and forth on whether he wanted this new Bible...it's a really nice calfskin NASB...He really wanted it for a pulpit Bible...it has no references and wide margins and most importantly for Tommy Large print HEHEHE!! He did turn 53 today!! We then took him to On the Border for dinner...Tommy loves mexican food!!:) We then headed home for cake!! Our friends the Osteen's came over for cake, Kristle missed out, but Grayson, Rachael and Seth helped us celebrate Tommy's birthday...We had a great day! We are so thankful for Tommy and all he means to our family!!
Here are some pictures from our day! Hope you enjoy!:)