We’ve about completed another month of 2011, and despite receiving some rains in the past few days, we’re still dry in Reilly Springs. We certainly don’t want any more storms, but we sure could still use a good soaking.
I haven’t received any word of major damage from the storms that moved through our area, only a few downed limbs and some sheet iron blown off a couple of barns. We were lucky to be spared, considering the reports from other areas of Northeast Texas.
Most in our community enjoyed a happy Easter with family and friends.
Jana DeWitt enjoyed a visit from Landri and Sam Lawrence from Muleshoe for the Easter weekend. They enjoyed the Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning, and even managed to squeeze in a photo opportunity or two on Main Street in Sulphur Springs. They all enjoyed a nice celebration with Mary and Brodie Koon on Sunday. Jandi, Landri and Sam were returning to Muleshoe on Monday.
The Bryant Fishers enjoyed a celebration at their home and took the time for a family photo following a delicious lunch.
J.R. and Vanessa Fisher left on Wednesday for South Carolina, where they have plans to meet Vanessa’s parents and other family members for a visit.
Kendra and Blake Fisher enjoyed a trip to her grandparents for Easter lunch and then returned to Bryant and Marilee’s for the afternoon. Hayden Smith was an Easter guest at the Fishers on Sunday.
Bryant and Blake Fisher are getting ready to cut a little bit of hay if the weather cooperates. “I know it isn’t much out there, but we need to harvest what we can,” said Bryant. “With no rain and cool temperatures, it may be mostly weeds, but we need to get the meadows cleaned up and ready if we do get some good rain.”
Reilly Springs Memorial Day Services are quickly sneaking up on us. Memorial Day will be Sunday, May 15, only two weeks from Sunday. I haven’t heard from this year’s planning committee. Planning committee members for this year are Vera Harrington, Jana DeWitt, Mickey Ledbetter, Tommy Hurley, Diane Morton and Johnetta Wallace. If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet, please meet and relay the information to me so we can get programs printed and ready for the 15. I’m sure we’ll have a wonderful program and great day of visiting, as well as a great pot luck lunch to enjoy. Several from out-of-town have called and are making plans for attending Memorial Day services.
I was in Dallas on Tuesday and had the opportunity to drop by and visit with Uncle Ernie Boyd at his assisted living facility in North Dallas. He’s back following the funeral and a few days of recuperation after the death of Aunt Sarah. A large crowd of relatives and friends were in Sulphur Springs last Wednesday for the graveside services for Sarah McDonald Boyd at City Cemetery. Lunch was graciously hosted by Steve and Diana Longino at their home.
Among those attending the services were Oleta McDonald, who now makes her home in Chandler. She was accompanied by her daughter, Debbie Cade. They related recently reading some of the letters that Neal McDonald wrote back to Hopkins County while stationed in Okinawa during World War II. In one, he had related experiencing a tsunami-like typhoon and how the soldiers had to shore up the barracks and prepare for intense flooding. I imagine it was quite an eye-opening event for a farm boy from Reilly Springs.
Also in attendance at the funeral services was Wayne Richardson, son of Edith McDonald Harris. Wayne reported that his daughter, Tiffany, is now serving as president of the Smith County Historical Society in Tyler. Tiffany is doing some genealogy research on her family and is uncovering some interesting information from Reilly Springs.
Vera Harrington enjoyed a nice Easter visit with her daughters and granddaughters in Waxahachie. “The granddaughters are all getting too big to hunt Easter eggs, but they still enjoy a surprise from grandma,” said Vera. She said it was a great day of visiting and spoiling the granddaughters.
I was a guest in the home of Judy and Marlin Jones, where we enjoyed a day of hunting Easter eggs. Jadi Jones is just at the right age to hunt Easter eggs and wanted to hide them and then re-hide them to enjoy the excitement of finding them again.
If you haven’t tried the recipe for the Sweet Potato Pudding I told several of you about, it was a big hit on Sunday. About the best way I can describe it is that it is similar to a banana pudding without the bananas, and with a sweet potato and cinnamon flavor. Everyone liked it, and it is a great dessert for almost any occasion. Give me a shout for the recipe.
Until next week, remember our troops who defend our freedoms and ask for them an extra measure of safety and return trip home. Pray for love in our hearts, harmony in our community, and peace in our land. God bless Reilly Springs, Hopkins County and America.
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