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I am writing my contribution this Sunday evening, the end of a perfectly wonderful day. It is so blessed to be in church with so many members of my family and with my three sons, Kevin and Joseph, Burr and Ruth and Kasey.
We are beginning our Sunday school lesson with studying the New Testament and Mark’s sermon took up where our study left off or I should say reaffirmed our lesson on repentance, salvation, baptism and God’s good in forgiveness.
Kevin was baptized and also our good friends, Ron and Bev Smith, who are new members of our church family. The good rains we had provided clear deep water at the bridge on Little Creek, where so many of us have been baptized for new beginnings. I congratulate all three of my sons and everyone now members of our church family. It makes us all rejoice.
Those with specials today and giving their testimonies were Julie and Julia singing. I should say a special by Julia with Mom helping. Nicole Degase is taking piano lessons and had her debut with a selection on the piano. We are excited that we will be having a piano player one day. Burr sang and we were blessed to have good testimonies by Ruth Taber, Sarah Frye, who also sang and Kevin and Burr Taber, Julie Freeman and Burl Conrad.
Everyone stayed for fellowship and a fish fry, with hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, a pork roast, and side dishes. We sat under the old oak trees on the school grounds, the place of good times of so many generations and where I spent 8 years of grade school playing stink base, anty over, and all the games not heard of anymore and then where I taught school for nine years. I have so many memories of good times with dear people, church memories with Mom and Audrey and many loved ones.
Everyone was happy to have Matt Kaisersatt back at church after having had major surgery. He is recuperating nicely and he was pleased to have the church come to him last Sunday night with many going to his home at Red Bud for church service.
Ruth and I enjoyed Friday in town shopping with her treating me with dinner out. I made it home in time to visit with my wonderful home helper while she put away my groceries and cleaned my house. I am so blessed to have Vonda Stine with me for four days a week to boost my spirit in addition to doing my work.
Our family reunion was well attended and we missed those unable to be there this year. Lauren Weyrauch was the lucky recipient of the Dresden Plate quilt and being a newlywed she needed a beautiful quilt. I was glad to see Norma out and about after we about lost her. She is temporarily staying at the rest home and feeling much better. James and Karen were missed by everyone and he was in the hospital. He is home now, but we hear he an Karen were very sick with food poisoning as was Tony and Joyce Turner. They got sick after James came home from being hospitalized. We were happy to have Vonda Cantrell there. Little sweetheart, Autum Miller was very happy to win the Bible given in memory of Aunt Iva. We were sad to think of cousin Paul not being with us along with all our loved ones gone to be with the Lord. I am thankful I felt like going to our reunion and I enjoyed the day with everyone.
No more news that I can remember so “happy trails to you ‘til we meet again.” God bless us everyone.
Monday – I have more to write after talking to my sister, Jean, who reminded me of her day Saturday when her family went to Bolivar and spent the weekend with Katrice and Tim Kirlin. They attended the Bolivar Country Days where Tony Ingerson, Jean’s grandson and Katrice’s son, performed his music. They then attended the meeting at Rusty Ragsdale’s home and where Tony and Burr and Ruth sang. Rusty had requested they come perform for his parents. Rusty’s dad is terminally ill and so several members of the church held services for them.
Jean said our cousin, Ronnie Lewis, called with an update on our cousins. Jerry has moved to a rest home and new doctor at West Plains where his brother, Johnny, lives. They are children of our Aunt Edith Wise Lewis and Oathal Lewis. Jean hears from June Wise, another cousin, and cousin, Don Robertson. We have lost contact with relatives in Arizona.
Charlie and Christine came to my house Saturday afternoon. I was happy to see Chrissy who doesn’t get down often. Charlie brought me green beans from his garden. He has many and they are the good Blue Lake, the best bean to grow in my opinion.
Well, I must say goodbye again and get this to the mailbox on time. This Monday looks to be a beautiful day, the beginning of a good week if we make it so.