Some weeks I feel like I go through a dry spell without any news to report, and then there are weeks like this. There is enough news to split into two different articles, but I will try to condense it as much as possible.
As I was talking to Darlene Flecker last week, she told me that she had two grandchildren that are graduating from Kindergarten this year. One is Brookelyn Purser at Miller Grove and the other is Maurie Flecker who attends ECLC in Sulphur Springs. They are going to celebrate their accomplishments by having a garden party at the 5R Ranch, here in Miller Grove, with several friends and family members. Mrs. Flecker also reminded me that Proverbs 17:6 says, "Grandchildren are the crown of the aged..."
Saturday, I attended Angela "Sissy" Poteet and Brandon Bell's wedding. It was a beautiful sight to see. The wedding was held at Greene's Lake in the Willow Springs Community of Rains County. The seats were arranged to face the lake while a tent was to the back of the crowd (for the reception that followed the ceremony). Several people were in attendance. Some were familiar MG faces, while others I did not know. The colors of the wedding were blue and white. Sissy and Brandon each poured blue and white sand from separate glasses into one glass to symbolize their love and how their lives would now become one. Bro. Robert Burns conducted the ceremony. Afterward, the crowd enjoyed a catered meal. Even though I had to leave, the bride and grooms cakes caught my eye. The bride's cake was 5 layers of white cake garnished with maroon Gerber Daisies. The groom's cake was three layers of chocolate cake dusted with crushed Reeses candies.
Monday night was the Miller Grove FFA Chapter's 75th Anniversary Banquet. Everything was very well planned and went without a hitch. The barbecue supper was catered by Murray's BBQ in Cooper. The invocation was lead by Kasey Burns. Chance Lee welcomed the audience and his mother, Vicki (Mabe) Lee, gave the response. Then, Carly Bowen of the Mount Pleasant FFA Chapter honored the attendees with a few songs. Former FFA advisors, ag teachers, FFA chapter presidents, and other special guests were recognized during the ceremonies. Rebecca George and Thomas Renshaw (chapter president and vice-president) read several of the Miller Grove FFA Chapter's accomplishments. Later, Proficiency Awards were handed out by the officers and Special Awards were handed out by past officers, Jamie (Back) Fox and Cheryl (Garmon) Stephens. Even the FFA State vice-president addressed the crowd at one point. Before closing, senior parents were proclaimed honorary FFA members and the meeting was closed. Mr. Watson and Mrs. Potts wanted me to let everyone in the community know how much they have appreciated all of the support and help throughout the last 75 years and hope to continue the tradition for another 75.
Now, for a few birthday wishes. Happy birthday to Jim Mack Taylor on May 18, Connie Briggs on May 19, Mary Ann Strickland on May 20, Kim Irby on May 22 and Frank Burns on May 23.
Happy third anniversary to Kevin and Michelle Tipps on May 20.
Congratulations to David and Wendy Tipps. Their son Dillon Lee Tipps was born yesterday, May 19, at Mother Frances Hospital of Tyler. He was born on his Aunt Connie Briggs' birthday. He weighed 6 lbs. I know his grandparents (Stevie and Cheri Tipps) and great grandparents (Faye Tipps and Demp and Marlene Sturdevant) are very excited.
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