This book is about my dearest wife, Harriet Elizabeth Adams Taylor, who was my wife of 47 years. It was written in her honor about what her life was from the days of our courtship in September 1971 to the day she passed, 14 November 2019. Moreover, it is about my love for her and to our marriage vows recited on 24 November 1972. I loved her, she loved me, and we both loved our two children, Eddie and Misty, and our grandchildren, Will, Chris, and Isabella.
It is also about our adjustments to moving all about the U.S. and overseas while having different careers and challenges along the way. It is about my denial and not paying enough attention to Harriet’s Alzheimer’s, especially in the early noticeable stages, which could have extended her life. This book covers how she felt about my being away from home even after I had retired from many jobs.
The most profound item in this book is how the mighty hand of Jesus saved both of our lives when He took control of our vehicle two times when death was imminent. It is interesting to note, the two near-death experiences were connected to spiritual healing events. This is completely covered in chapter 8, Looking for a Cure.
Speaking of healing events, we attended many and in several states. Additionally, we went forward at our church in Aberdeen, North Carolina along with calling prayer warriors to pray for both of us.
Since there was no natural cure for Harriet’s Alzheimer’s, we had turned to the supernatural to find an answer.
As time went by, Harriet got steadily worse, and it was during the same time I was experiencing serious health issues myself, but I always said to myself I cannot have any slack in my caregiver duties because Harriet must come first. The last six months of her life were the most challenging. She had lost almost all her mobility, eating and swallowing were big problems. Her depth perception was a real issue. My lifestyle and schedule had to change, and it did.
When that final day came on 14 November 2019, I was not prepared to cope with the grieving and being alone that now confronted me. I looked to God daily for answers to help and confront me in this time. He did, and I am so grateful that I was led to meet and communicate with a person who had experienced similar caregiving duties as mine.
Thus, the road forward became much brighter when I met this one beautiful and compassionate Christian lady who loved me like I loved her. I am so happy to say today, she is my wife forever until we pass from this earth.