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Saturday  before Christmas I went to Sparta to celebrate Christmas and Danny Maloney’s birthday at the same time. Danny and Beth, their four children and seven grandchildren were there. Then on Sunday after church The Thompson’s came to my house for Christmas.

Monday before Christmas Norma Cross and I drove to Claremore, Oklahoma. When we left the sun was shining and it was about 50 degrees. About half way there we ran into snow and the temperature had dropped about 20 degrees, but we made it there without any trouble. We stayed with our sister, Georgia Sanders and on Christmas Day we went out to our other sister, Sue Johnson’s home. For more than forty years it has been a tradition for the late Lee and Mavie (Applegate) Jenkins families to celebrate Christmas at Sue and Bill’s home. Sometimes we couldn’t be there for some reason or the other. They would be missed just as we miss the ones that have passed away. Norma and I drove home Friday afternoon in much better weather.

George Haden and his daughters from Washington left for home last week. They have been visiting family since before Christmas. They have visited his sister, Betty Jenkins and Lenora Burton of Ava, Freeda Richards who lives out in the Goodhope area, Jim and Jackie who live in Sparta and Ozark. They are the children of the late Louin and Clara Haden.

I was sorry to hear that Sammy Lawrence passed away. He had been sick for a while. Our prayers go out to Eva and family.

I appreciate the Lord for telephones during this winter weather at least we can communicate with each other. It seems like everyone I talked to the morning after that 20 degree below zero night, had pipe issues. Tony Richards found his pipes were frozen. It took him most of the day to fix it. Lavern Hall’s son came over and got her water pipes thawed out. Kelly Thompson found out his heater had gone out in the well house. Tim Jenkins and Kenny Hunt fixed the pipes that were frozen in Norma’s house. I guess there was lots of people who woke up with the same problems.

I appreciate Pat Williams for removing the snow from my drive way again. We all need neighbors like Pat.

Tim and Kenny came down and started my car on their way out. They stopped to help a girl that had ran out of gas. They came back down here to get some gas, enough to get her to a gas station. They ended up giving her some gas money and she went on her way.

Saturday, January 11, 2013. Kailey and I have been here in our home since last Saturday. She did drive the four-wheeler up the hill before the big snow came and I drove down to the mailbox Thursday evening. Kelly and DeAnn had to get out, so they kept us in supplies. We have so much to be thankful fo.

It was so good to get out of the house Saturday. I went to Springfield with the Thompsons. I think Kailey was the only one that bought anything. Her Christmas money was burning her pocket.

Goodhope Baptist Church had service Sunday afternoon at the nursing home. There was a big turn out. Tresea Robertson always makes little gifts for the residents there.

Attendance at Goodhope General Baptist Sunday, January 12 was 77. After congregational singing Brenda Reed gave a spirit-filled testimony then invited people to the altar who may have special needs at this time while a song was played. The altar was full, praise the Lord!

Bro. David Lafferty did a beautiful special on the piano and sang. Bro. Bob Husky also did a special.

Pastor Dave preached a spirit-filled sermon from Hebrews, chapter 4. People were at the altar again. What an awesome service.

It was sure great to be back in church service after being out for a while due to icy, snowy weather. We can pray, read Bible at home.

Sunday night we had great testimonies about blessings from God and to strive to do more for Him this year and let people see Jesus in you.

Pastor Dave’s sermon was from Phillipians 1:27-30. It was a wonderful message. We appreciated Linda Odum for playing piano.

Sue says she has burned lots of wood so far this winter. Maybe the worst is over.

We are all ready for warm weather.

Sue said she seen geese going North Sunday morning. Is that a sign spring is “around the corner?”

Dianne and Sue visited with Norma a while Friday and she gave Sue banana bread. Sue really appreciated it.

Ron, Judy and Sue had lunch with granny and pappy Sunday. Sue and Judy attended visitation for Earlean Evans Sunday evening at Clinkingbeards.

Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth forever, praise ye the Lord.

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