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We had such a beautiful ceremony yesterday for First Communion of four young boys. These young lads did the readings and carried the gifts up to the altar. Fr. Paul questioned them on their religious education and they had the answers. At the end of the service the boys knelt at the altar with Fr. Paul to offer special prayers of thanks. The lads received nice crosses on stands, a beautiful certificate, and a special loaf of commemorative homemade bread. Then we all shared a beautiful cake and enjoyed visiting.
Saturday several of us attended a graduation party at Rory and Debbie Boeddeker’s lovely home to honor Emily Petty, Debbie’s graduating daughter. Jerry Welsh, Emily’s grandfather, regaled us again with the story of Rory toppling a container of fried mushrooms as well as some interesting stories of past happenings. So many people there I won’t even try to name all of them. We did get to see the caribou head Ron brought from Alaska, mounted here. It looks wonderful on the wall of Rory’s great room. It sure wouldn’t fit in any of our houses.
Arlene Boeddeker came home from the hospital last Thursday and managed to be at the grad party after her therapy session. Arlene is now getting around on her mother’s walker, so much easier for her than being on crutches. The leg is still quite swollen and she must keep it elevated as much as possible. Before taking Arlene to the ER, Regina and Rex used two 2” x 4” boards, some towels, some duct tape and some dog leashes to splint the leg. Can you imagine what that looked like to the hospital staff?
Regina is trying to find a new home for Rachelle’s dog (the culprit in the accident). The dog, Page, is a year old, half shepherd and half Siberian Husky, spayed, up-to-date on all vaccines, house broke. Rachelle e-mailed from Okinawa that we could try and find a home for Page but it breaks her heart to give her up. I wish we could find a home for her until Rachelle returns from deployment.
Hoorah!! Ron Boeddeker graduated on May 1st from Prince William Sound Community College in Valdez, Alaska with an AA degree. He plans on going for his BA degree and being a substitute teacher some day. In Missouri? In Alaska? With all his allergies Alaska has been a haven to him.
Randy’s new building is now complete except for the sliding door on the north side. The building is open on the east and partially open on the south for later additions, is 60’ x 80’. Hopefully it will keep lots of hay and equipment out of the weather.
Neighbor Bob Wagner mowed my ditches last week, bless his heart. I do most of the mowing but the ditches are a worry to me. The pollens have me sneezing up a storm when mowing. A friend is here today doing some weed eating for me with his gas weed eater. I have an electric one and that means lots and lots of cords to drag around.
I hope your gardens are doing well. Some have had to re-plant as things have rotted in the ground or drowned out. Be well – pray for peace and for this nation.
From the desk of Jamey Herd:
Pleasant Ridge Baptist had the Clay Scott Family from Diggins for Sunday Morning Service. The family did the whole service in song. I understand it was a very good service but unfortunately I was home with a bug and missed it all.
It was also reported there were two puppies at the church. If they belong to someone in the neighborhood please let the church know. They are being cared for by a family from the church.
It was also reported that several bears have been seen in the area. If you have small pets or children please keep an eye on them. Also a mountain lion may have been spotted at the Scott Williams place.
Billy Joe and I attended the graduation of our granddaughter from Fair Grove on Friday night. The ceremony was held at High Street Baptist Church. We were blessed to hear her play the piano and sing a solo. She was also part of the all-girl ensemble that did two songs.
If you haven’t heard or received an invitation, there is a 50th Anniversary reception being held at Pleasant Ridge Baptist on May 29th from 2 to 4 PM for Jamey and Billy Joe. You are invited to join us in celebrating our 50 years of marriage.
I am not sure where the spring weather went but hope it comes back soon. Till next week God Bless.