This is hoping that each of you had a wonderful Christmas, spent with family and friends, and that the spirit of Christmas will continue throughout the new year, with you and your family.
I was fortunate enough to travel to Muleshoe, Texas, for Christmas, and despite a major West Texas snow storm, came back with a host of wonderful memories. I even managed to enjoy the snowstorm. I had the best of both worlds, being a visitor. I got to travel around the countryside in a four-wheel-drive truck, following a large tractor that was clearing the roads, and stop and take pictures anytime that I wanted. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks to both Michael and Danny for positioning me where I wanted to be. Maybe that was some “payback” for changing diapers, years ago? What do you think?
We awoke on Christmas Eve morning to about 8 inches of snow and snow drifts to over two foot high, with those raging West Texas winds blowing snow everywhere. We got out and got tractors cranked and began plowing the roads to and from the Panhandle dairy farm. In places, the wind was blowing the snow so much, you couldn’t see two yards in front of you, but when it stopped blowing, the photo opportunities were outstanding.
And, of course, I’m here to report that Baby Samuel Ryan Lawrence is the cutest little boy you ever did see. And, I certainly wouldn’t be prejudiced in any form or fashion. If he “survived” the chaos of Christmas with his large family and slept through most of it, he’s definitely a “keeper.” Big sister Landri is so excited that “she’s going to get to keep him.”
Babies are such a special joy to any family and ours is no exception. Just ask any of us for some pictures and we’ll bore you to death with quite a collection of them. And, we’ve got another one due in January, so we’ll be reporting the same news, when Raegan arrives.
It was great spending part of the holiday in Muleshoe with Jana, Weldon and Darin DeWitt as we all “oogled” and “awed” over Baby Sam. Weldon returned to Hopkins County on Sunday, but Jana remains to continue her grandmotherly duties. Word is that Jandi and Michael may not let her come back to Hopkins County before Landri and Baby Sam graduate from high school.
The roads had cleared and we had a very nice trip back to Hopkins County on Sunday, accompanied by Danny and Shannon Lawrence, all the way back to Dallas, where they picked up their car at the airport.
I heard from Rhandi Stribling Fails this week, and she reported on the Stribling family Christmas activities. Brayden and Lexi Stribling came on Christmas Eve and opened gifts at David and Deborah’s and Brayden received a BB gun, so the “wildlife” in Reilly Springs should now be given fair warning.
Another large group of the Stribling reatives arrive for Christmas Eve night, and enjoyed gift sharing and a competitive game of bingo.
On Christmas morning, Santa Claus arrived for little Case Fails, with lots of toys and other goodies. Then, Cody, Rhandi, and Case headed for Laura Teer’s for more food and gifts. They finished the day with another visit at Nelda and Chuck Fails’ home in the Rockdale community.
Sunday was spent at yet another gathering with the Teer family, when Adam Teer and his family arrived at Laura’s.
Like most everyone else, Rhandi and Deborah both were “out of groceries” and managed to make a dreaded trip to the grocery store.
The celebrations still aren’t complete, as Rhandi has a birthday today. Happy Birthday, Rhandi.
Rhandi shares her birthday, with my sister, Judy McDonald Jones, so our family continues the celebration, as well. And I’m certainly not telling you how old my “oldest” sister is, today. You’ll have to ask her. You can call Muleshoe and ask Jan, as she’ll be more than happy to let you know that Judy is older than she is.
Birthdays will continue to be celebrated in Reilly Springs as Blake Fisher will be having a birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday, Blake.
I visited with Vera Harrington for a few minutes, long enough to find out that she had a wonderful time in Waxahachie with the granddaughters for Christmas. Like everyone else, she ate too much and marveled at the many, many blessings in her life.
Until next week, this is wishing each of you a very happy and prosperous new year, with all of the many, many blessing this life affords. Remember our troops, who defend our freedoms, and make it all possible, by offering an extra prayer for their safety and well being. Pray for love in our hearts, harmony in our community and peace in our land. God bless Reilly Springs, Hopkins County and America. Happy 2010.
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