How Blessed We AreMay 10, 2010
Written by Priscilla Booth (Mom)
“And whose wife are you?” is the most frequently asked question I receive from those of you who call the Booth Brothers’ office. I proudly say, “I’m Ronnie and Michael’s mother.” It can’t get any better than to be able to work for your sons and be a part of an organization that you know is being used of God to touch lives for eternity.
I was working for an insurance company when an opening came up in the Booth Brothers’ office. I decided I would rather work for my boys than an insurance company so I left that job. That was almost seven years ago. What a joy it has been all these years seeing what God has done through the Booth Brothers and how they have grown since I have been with them.
I especially love reading all the emails you send to the office. I don’t get to see many of their concerts but I read your emails how God is using them to minister to your needs. I try to answer every email, unless I get too far behind, but I always make a copy of every email and send it to the bus for the guys to read as they travel down the road. I want them to know how many people are writing them but mostly how God is using their songs and words to meet a specific need in your lives.
I can’t miss this opportunity to tell you a few things about my boys that I’m sure they would never tell you. Ronnie was four years old when his sister, Melissa, was born. So he was our only child for those four years. He loved music from the very start. Since his dad was singing with the Toney Brothers in Michigan when he was born, he was always around music. He would ride “Bubbles” (his rocking horse) and hold Andy (his rag doll under his arm) and listen to his daddy’s records for hours. At age 2-1/2 his dad joined the Rebels Quartet and we moved to Tampa, Florida. When I would take him to one of their concerts, he would stand on the pew, us my lipstick or a pen as a microphone, and sing along with his dad (with the same movements he has today). Everyone was watching him instead of the group so I always had to sit in the back row. He not only listened to the recordings, but learned to sing all the songs too. At age five he sang The Night Before Easter on the Rebels’ TV program that aired on about 20 stations.
There are six years between Ronnie and Michael. Believe it or not, Michael was very timid and shy when he was little. He never attempted to sing in school like his sister Melissa and Ronnie. He loved music too but it was playing drums. He would use pots and pans, wooden spoons, or anything he could find to make up a drum set. When he was in junior high, he started playing drums in the school band. He and his dad repainted a used drum set and he was off and running playing drums. Over the years he perfected his love for the drums receiving the Louise Armstrong Jazz Scholarship when he graduated from high school. He was never interested in singing until one day when he was 17 he came to his dad and asked if they could start a group. He believed he could minister to people better by singing than playing the drums. Since he never tried to sing, we didn’t know if he could even sing. His dad could hear something good in his voice, but he definitely did not know how to sing parts. It was a long process of singing one note at a time until he began to hear his part. I have never seen a more persistent person than Michael was for the first several years he sang. He would push himself to do more and more even though he was scared to death. He once said, “I have to catch up to Ronnie and Dad because they’ve been singing so long.” Hearing him today you would never know what a struggle he had learning to sing.
Our family has gone through some rough years as most of you know. I would never want to go through those years again, but Ronnie and I are so thankful for the strength and wisdom God has shown us. He will provide no matter what life puts in front of you. He WILL be with you and He WILL restore your joy in his own time. The Booth Brothers are living proof of His promises. I will never forget where we came from and how God brought us to this point in our lives. How blessed we are to have three wonderful children, two wonderful daughter-in-laws (Vicki & Kim), one wonderful son-in-law (Eddie Sims) who have such a heart to serve our Lord Jesus Christ, and an extra bonus of eight wonderful grandsons.