January 29, 2023 – Day 28 of #ADayInMyLife @PTLPerrin 30-Day #Blogging Challenge 2023 @RRBC_org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

1-29-23, Day 28 In PTL Perrin’s Life

Welcome to day twenty-eight of A Day In My Life! Happy Sunday! (I keep getting my days mixed up, but I think I’ve got it now.)

Happy Anniversary to the Love of my Life!

We’ve been married twenty-nine years, and although it shows in every wrinkle, time hasn’t dimmed our smiles one bit. God has blessed us with a long, happy marriage, a large dynamic family, and years of trust and growth and faith and fun together. It’s been a blast, and we both pray God will give us many more years together on this side of Heaven.

When Bill and I met, we didn’t think we had much of anything in common. I’d never picked up a tennis racquet and wasn’t sure what a tennis pro did. His idea of the ideal motorcycle was a Vespa scooter, and mine was a bit bigger and faster. He didn’t like snakes and I had one. I give him a lot of credit for tolerating my ball python, Archimedes, until we sold it and moved to Florida.

What we did have in common was our love for God, for each other, and for our children. He had five kids and I had three. We survived the blending process, which resembled throwing us all into a blender and turning it on. The chaotic, drama-filled days eventually smoothed out into a relatively peaceful blend, where the many flavors melded while retaining their individual savor.

Our faith grew stronger through every challenge, of which there were many. We took our two fully-formed lives apart and learned to fit them together into our own. We made a ton of mistakes as we maneuvered our way through adolescence and young adulthood with each of the kids. We stumbled our way through resentments, tantrums, divided loyalties, questionable choices, identity crises, and driving lessons, and came to a place of understanding, acceptance, and love.

Through it all, Bill exhibited much more grace than I did. He always knew when we needed to get away, and thankfully, we started a business together that afforded us the luxury of travel. We’ve made wonderful friends all over the country and the world. Our children have grown up and live successful lives with partners and people they love, and they’ve given us beautiful grandkids.

We consider ourselves blessed beyond measure, and live each day in gratitude. Bill makes it easy. He is genuine, a man of integrity without an iota of guile or malice in him. He sees the best in people, and brings it out of them. He’s patient and courageous, generous and funny, and he’s quick to forgive. I, in turn, laugh at all his dad jokes every time he tells them. They’re funny to me every time! He says I add pizzazz to his life. I sometimes wonder if he means pizzas.

In short, we’re a great match. These have been the quickest, richest, and best twenty-nine years of my life. Happy Anniversary, Sweetheart! May the Lord give us many more!

Is there anything you’re celebrating this month? I’d love to know and celebrate with you!

Here’s my to-do list for today:

  1. Write my daily blog. (Check!)
  2. Read the blogs of everyone participating in this challenge and comment. (daily)
  3. Take a nap.
  4. Read while Bill watches the Eagles play.
  5. Go out to dinner with Bill.

Thank you for reading my blog today, and please visit my friends and fellow RRBC Bloggers at  https://ravereviewsbookclub.wordpress.com/rrbc-member-chat/


Patty Perrin (writing as P.T.L. Perrin)


24 thoughts on “January 29, 2023 – Day 28 of #ADayInMyLife @PTLPerrin 30-Day #Blogging Challenge 2023 @RRBC_org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

    • I am blessed, Susanne, and I don’t take my sweetheart for granted. We don’t know how long we have on this planet, so Bill and I have learned to live in gratitude and choose joy every day. In the early days of our marriage, I still had a lot of anger issues and kept trying to get him to argue with me. At first, it irritated me when he’d say, “I’m not your enemy, Patty. I love you.” I WANTED to fight because it’s what was modeled for me by my parents and my ex. Gradually, I came to realize Bill’s way, the peace maker’s way, was much better than what I’d known all my life. Now I only get irritated when I’m angry about something and he says, “You can choose to be miserable or joyful. Which do you prefer?” When I’m mad, I choose miserable, of course! It doesn’t last long, though. LOL. Yes, his smile is totally contagious.


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  1. Hi Patty,
    I can’t believe I just lost my comment, but I did.
    Happy Anniversary to you and Bill.
    I am very happy for you both. You are so right. When God is at the helm of two people who love him he gives them joy and laughter. And you two look very joyful.
    Take care.
    Shalom aleichem

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  2. Hi Patty,
    Happy Belated Anniversary to the both of you.
    Patty, that is so true. A marriage with God at the helm enjoys many years of joy and laughter. The partners hold on to each other and I am very happy that you and Bill did.
    All the best to both of you.

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    • Thanks, Pat. We wouldn’t have made it without our deep faith in God and His direct intervention — so many times. I learned to rely on Him for everything, and God always came through.



    • Thanks, John. After reading your books, I can understand why you hate snakes and spiders! Most people do. I’m one of the strange ones. I also had an ulterior motive. My ex also hated snakes and wouldn’t come into the house while Archie was there. Now he and his wife are welcome to come over and we have no more snakes.


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  3. All I can say is… this was the highlight of my day! With every line that I read, I could feel the lines in my cheek lifting higher and higher, until finally… at the end, there was this huge smile on my face. I love this, Patty, and because I have the most awesome hubby in the world, I love knowing that you, too, have the most awesome hubby in the world. (Yes, we can all have the most awesome hubby in the world, if they truly fit the “bill.”)

    I hope your day together was simply AMAZING!

    I will sleep with this smile on my face; knowing that LOVE makes it all better and worthwhile, doesn’t it?


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    • Thanks, Nonnie! I’m so glad we both have the best hubbies! Our days together are all wonderful. I grew up in a house where loud arguments were the norm. My parents loved each other, but they had issues they resolved in loud, contentious voices. It’s the modeling I grew up with. My first marriage wasn’t peaceful. Then I married a peace maker who refused to fight with me. It took some getting used to, but I’ve never been as happy as I am now and have been for 29 years. We are blessed, Nonnie!


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