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As you read this report, I have only been home for a short time from our recent trip to Plains, Ga. Twelve of us from our church traveled to Plains to hear our oldest grandson, Nicholas, sing for former President Jimmy Carter and the members of the Maranatha Baptist Church.
Our family stayed in Albany with my niece, Sandy (Berry) Jones, and I spent most of my visit visiting with Duane Berry, Sandy and Billy and Charlie and Joy Godwin. I enjoy traveling down there each time to visit my family. My nieces and nephews that live there are the children of my sister, Veva Berry and her husband, Jack. They lived in this community for several years and the kids always enjoy coming back here to visit. I sure miss Jack and Veva, they have been gone for several years now.
President and Mrs. Carter were both looking well. Mrs. Carter left church shortly after Sunday School to go to the Methodist Church in Plains, where she grew up. They were celebrating their homecoming that day. However, President Carter remained for church and he was getting around a little slower as he had both knees replaced this summer. However, he is doing good for being 87. He is still a great Sunday School teacher.
I enjoyed sitting by Elsie Myers during church. She is so much fun and I enjoyed visiting with her on the trip as well. Also, traveling with us were: Melba Hosmer, Anita Keeling (who worked some at Kindall Store when owned by our family), Jan Gallagher, Betty Jo Cantrell, Jean Grisham, Sarah and Reagan Inman and Rex and Jerry Diehl. It is always nice to go and visit. However, I always enjoy returning to my own home! Although, I must say that I cannot wait to go again. This is the 5th time that we have been down for Nicholas to sing for President Carter. Don Givans supplied the pulpit at church in the absence of Nicholas. We really enjoy hearing Don preach and sorry that we had to miss it. Don and his wife, Becky, were longtime members of this area and attended church at the Dogwood Church of the Nazarene.
I think the fall leaves are at the peak color here. There have been many visitors this way, who are simply driving out to see the leaves. The Glade Top Trail festival was this weekend and Nicholas and Sarah drove the trail on Saturday and reported to me that it was beautiful. They also said that the Apple Butter Day at the Mennonite School was well attended. Sorry that I had to miss them both. I know that many motorcycle groups like to ride out to Olga this time of the year and stop by the store as they enjoy Mother Nature’s canvas. I cannot blame them as it is so beautiful.
I hope you will come out this way to see this breathtaking view of colors. Come out, stop by our community general store and sit a spell. You will be glad that you did as it is so enjoyable and relaxing. God bless you all this week.