This weekend felt like we were living New Years 2021 over again. Church at South Union cancelled due to the ice and bitter cold and last year we cancelled the first Sunday of the year for the same reason. By Sunday afternoon the sun was out, and it was a pretty day and a Christmas scene with the snow. I look forward to next week at church since it seems the week just doesn’t start right without being in church.
We enjoyed having John and Rebecca Mills and their three sons for dinner on Thursday evening. Rebecca is my niece and the daughter of the late Larry Jones and Jo Jones. Their twin boys are ten and Cooper is twelve and they live in West Virginia and started home on Friday to avoid the severe weather.
Bobby and Rachel Shepherd returned home on Friday from a visit with Bobby’s parents, Mr. and Ms. Bobby Shepherd in DeQueen, Arkansas. On their way home they visited Silver Dollar City and other events in Branson, Mo. They had this trip planned for two years and Covid-19 had prevented them taking it, and Bobby’s parents had not met the boys before, so it was a fun time.
It is time to get your insurance in line, change your calendars, start on your income tax, take down the Christmas décor and remember to date everything 2022. Did it seem like you just did that last month? Time goes so fast and then you have another birthday!
I was a lunch guest of Ellen Stark in Hannibal this week and had such an enjoyable time seeing her Christmas decorations and sharing lunch with Pat Gaines and Beth Hansmeier. The gift of friends is the gift of a lifetime and during this past year my life would have been so difficult without friends and family to encourage me.
We celebrated Elijah’s fifth birthday on Saturday evening. Elijah had requested a Bluey theme birthday, including a duck cake featured on the show. Rachel made the cake but said the internet instructions made it look easier than it turned out to be.
I spoke with a number of folk about their Christmas gatherings, and everyone had their immediate families and not so many large groups. Covid is still a large part of our lives. Cole Schutte’s family had a special Christmas with him home for a visit from the Marines.
Have a safe week and a Happy New Year. Remember, “what we weave in time we must wear in eternity.”
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