Hope everyone had a nice Christmas and looking forward to a great New Year.

James was sick so we did not get to attend Christmas dinner at his niece, Amanda Medley’s and the Eastern Gate program. Christmas Day we enjoyed dinner at his sister, Chris Lakey’s with other family members. Mt. Olive had their Christmas program same Sunday night that Garrison Church had theirs so we did not get to attend it. Old Man Winter fouled up things this year.

Get-well wishes sent to Betsy Conrad who was in an accident and the others who were in it.

I appreciate the Herald for the Christmas gift. We enjoyed the gifts and cards that people sent.

David Halcomb and James Orick visited Rex and Shirley Halcomb.

Loren and Hazel Maggard visited one evening with his uncle, Ed Maggard and family. Ed needs prayer as he has been sick a long time.

Our niece, Traci (Halcomb) Thompson’s husband, Robbie passed away Christmas morning. Rob had been sick for five years, but he sure had a loving family who helped each other through the trying years. He was such a good person. He loved Mom’s wilted lettuce. He came here with his father-in-law, Gordon Halcomb to visit Gordon’s parents. He liked Mom and Dad’s garden. He was a person you enjoyed being around. Now they are together in heaven. We lost Gordon in 2001. I loved being around Gordon. He had a great personality. He loved to fish and hunt and would tell or say funny things. Gordon use to say we don’t know when we are going to check out.

George and Janie Morrison celebrated 60 years of marriage December 26. We wish them many more. They enjoyed their family for Christmas. Janie and Phyllis Bloomer enjoyed shopping Saturday at Ozark.

Happy belated anniversary wishes to Jerry and Donna Loveland December 28. Their family hosted their 50th anniversary for them at Mt. Olive (Highlonesome) Church. Jerry is their new pastor. We both forgot it. I miss Iona Maggard keeping me lined up on their activities. Donna said they (the family) had it decorated so nice and Bobby her son, put together a video of pictures. I would of loved to seen those. I did send a card. Hope they got it, this weather has been hard on our mail service too. James and me wish you many more great years together. May God pour His blessings on you both.

Friday coming home we sure slid down the hill and I was praying, Lord, don’t let anyone be coming up the road. We have stayed in close during this bad weather.

Our visitors have been Rex and David Halcomb, Lisa and Charley Hampton and Gary Harmon. Brandon, Dillon and Gary Morrison stopped by.

Sympathy sent to the Sam Lawrence family, Charlie Lee family and Earlean Evans family.

Sunday, January 12th we are looking forward to attending services at Garrison Church. Services had to be cancelled serveral different times. More hay has to be fed to the cattle. The farmer has a rough time, but if you are a true one you enjoy taking care of keeping their bellies warm. I think the farmer is allowed to grumble because its so cold and some have had frozen water pipes. I try to think when things go bad there’s a brighter side and this too shall pass, but human nature, we just grumble.

Garrison Baptist Church had 62 out Sunday. We still have several missing. Sunday night we had a deacons meeting and took the Christmas tree down and had pizza. You are welcome at Garrison. We can always use the help.

Betty Halcomb and Connie Siler attended a late Christmas dinner at Sandy Church Sunday evening.

I called our sister-in-law, Lyn Halcomb on January 11. It was her birthday. We wish you many more.