Patty has been gone for over a week up to Fairbanks, Alaska helping our daughter Shelly with her new baby girl, their 6th child, and our 23rd grandchild. She is coming home tomorrow. When I think about Patty a number of Bible verses come to mind and Proverbs 12:4 is one of them which says, “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.” Another way of saying that verse is, “An excellent wife makes her husband feel like a king, but if she shames him he will feel rotten to the core of his being.” Patty makes me feel like John Wayne, Samson, Tim Tebow, Billy Graham, and Bill Hybels all rolled into one. She appreciates me, serves me, and lets me go bicycle across the nation for two months with words of encouragement and affirmation. She prays with me, sleeps with me, camps with me, drives to Alaska with me, never gets angry at me, and only occasionally scolds me. This coming August we will have been married 49 years. Patty is what Proverbs calls an Excellent wife.