It has been several weeks, since I have been able to sit down and put things together for a column. Time sure can fly right on by us. Sorry, about my absence.

First, Happy Birthday to our daughters, Janice Morris and Jeanette Evans. We had a great time together on Saturday at the La Galette Berrichonne, here in Fordland. They serve a great meal and it was nice to be joined for the birthday fun by granddaughter, Bridget and her children. Also, Jeanette had her granddaughter, Reagan Inman with her as well. We all shared precious time together and I would encourage you all to enjoy one of our local businesses. We also enjoyed the Fordland Christmas Parade together. It was great to see, Elaine Parny and her husband (who is the chef). They were frequent customers at Kindall Store.

Remember to mark your calendars for the annual community Christmas Eve service, that will be held at the Chateau Charmant (the castle) in Olga. This is always a favorite time of the year to join together with neighbors to celebrate the birth of our saviour. For more information contact the castle at 767-2233. Our family has never missed one of the services and look forward to the fellowship, music and the telling of the Christmas story. I believe that the Elkland Independent Methodist Church choir will be singing as well. It is always so much to see the castle decorated for Christmas, there is always a nice crowd in attendance.

Sunday after Junior and I had attended church, I was asked to join, Nicholas, Sarah and Reagan Inman for the annual Christmas concert at the College of the Ozarks. The concert was held in Williams Memorial Chapel and it was filled to capacity as the chorale, chapel choir, bell choir and orchestra combined their talents. The music rang from the chapel walls and it brought many of us to tears. They had such a great rendition of “O, Holy Night” and it was breathtaking to see the stained glass window at the front of the chapel lit up with Jesus face and body as the chapel filled with the sounds of “Silent Night.” We really enjoyed ourselves and I spotted a few familiar faces from the Fordland area in the college choir. Afterward, we enjoyed the reception hosted by the college in the lower level of the chapel.

The drive to our community has been filled with the sights of many Christmas lights. Hope you get a chance to venture out this way before the snow begins to fly. You know that you are always welcome in this welcoming part of the woods. Until next time, God bless all of you dear and faithful readers.

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