Ellistown Breezes, July 20, 2012

A very happy birthday to Lynda Wages Saturday on July 21, Ruth Duggar Sunday on July 22, Helen Randle and Carolyn Roberts Monday, July 23, to my step-granddaughter, Gwen Scott Hood, of West Memphis, her great uncles and my brother-in-laws, George Bowman, of Olive Branch, and Doug McCraw, of Palmetto, to my friend Terry Crawley, in Scottsdale, Ariz., and to my step-grandson Greg Windham, of Hernando.  I wish all of you very happy birthdays and many more to come.

If you are thinking of retiring but afraid of being bored, let me ease your mind by telling you there will not be time for boredom.  So many things come up every day that you must attend until you wonder how you ever had time to work.  Then there are those things you want to do for which you don’t have the energy.

I understand the attendance for Vacation Bible School was over a hundred, counting workers and students. 

I was thrilled to learn that a fourth cousin of mine, John Briggs, trusted the Lord Jesus for salvation during Vacation Bible School, and I was privileged to see him baptized last Sunday morning.  Don’t you love praying for all your family members and then being able to witness their belief in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord?  

John’s teacher had to be doing a wonderful job with his or her group and, as of now. I don’t know the name of his teacher.  His parents, John and  Candy Briggs, also bring him to services every week.  His grandparents, Ken and June Briggs, not only come to church but sing in the adult choir every week, plus sometimes sing specials. 

I had a nice visit with Patsy, Gwen, and Sarah Beth last Saturday. They drove down and we had lunch at the Mall at Barnes Crossing, then they shopped for school clothes for Sara Beth and Caroline. 

Caroline had been on a mission trip to New Mexico that week with a group of young people, and they needed to get back home in time to meet her bus, which didn’t arrive until about 10:30 p.m. and which they were expecting at 9:30 p.m. After all it was a bus filled with young people and they never all had to stop at the same time.  Cell phones do come in handy, as Caroline kept in touch all the way home.  Patsy said later that she had a wonderful time helping in an Indian Children’s Bible School.

Speaking of school, can you believe it is almost that time again for our county schools?  My advice for the week is: “Don’t get in a Mother’s way when she is trying to fill her shopping cart with the long lists they are given each year.”  Sometimes they become upset. 

 May God bless you this week.  

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