Like the Bill Monroe song once said, "Christmas time is coming". As I look around the area each day I see houses here and there that have decorated their yards or put up Christmas trees in theirhouses. Honestly, I haven’t been in much of the Christmas spirit this year. It’s just so much more commercial than it used to be, or maybe I’m just starting to realize how commercialized Christmas is now that I am a little older. Either way, we don’t focus on the real meaning of Christmas anymore … Jesus’ birth.
Last Saturday my mother went to Tractor Supply in Sulphur Springs to see about getting some gifts for the Women in Need Shelter in Greenville, and the manager was nice enough to donate several things that were on some of the ladies’ and girls’ Christmas wish lists. Now, I would say that is what the Christmas spirit is!
Miller Grove’s basketball tournament ended Saturday night with the conclusion of the Miller Grove versus Dallas Gateway Christian Academy game for the championship of the tournament. It was a long fight to the finish in a round of overtime. Miller Grove was ahead until one of the young men from Gateway made a 3-pointer with less than one second on the clock. Our boys played a good game and left the night coming in at second place.
The “Friends for Fran” Ranch Rodeo fundraiser for Fran Sparks will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. at the Miller Grove roping arena. The events of the day will consist of sorting, doctoring, mugging, and wild cow milking. Admission will be $5 for adults while children 6 years of age and under will get in free. Lunch will also be served by FEC. There will be a raffle for at least three prizes; a pair of Beck boots, a 10X Stetson, and a turquoise necklace set. For those of you who do not know, Fran Sparks was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008 and recently had another major MS episode where she has spent several weeks in the hospital. I know the family would appreciate all the support they can get. The roping arena is located about one mile south of Miller Grove on FM 275. The arena sits off of the road with a long white rock driveway and white pipe fencing and gate at the road.
Brianne Bailey just returned from a trip to Asia where she began her ministries. Her sister, Natalie, is in West Texas going to college.
My little niece, Savanna, is starting to crawl now. She loves to crawl over to the TV and turn the volume up as loud as it will go!
Larry Mabe is doing some better. The doctors have now ruled out cancer and have told him that he still has pneumonia. I believe he has had the longest case of pneumonia that I have ever heard of.
Week before last, Boon Garrett was featured in the “Kitchen Scents” section of the Rains County Leader. It was a really good article about her. She spoke about being thankful and how she was born in Thailand and later came to the United States and even how she met her husband, Bret. There were even a few recipes that looked like they were from Thailand.
Two couples celebrated an anniversary this week. Happy anniversary to Blake and Misty Smith on Dec. 8, and Tara and Dusty Spencer on Dec. 11.
Happy birthday to Renee Flecker on Dec. 6. Her mother (Darlene Flecker) told me that she celebrated her 30th birthday Sunday. Happy Birthday to Maurie Flecker and Jim Potts on Dec. 8. Jim hit the big 5-0 this year. David May and Judge Cletis Millsap celebrated birthdays on Dec. 9. Joni Burns and Brookelyn Purser’s birthdays will be on Dec. 10th, and Eli Cummings’ on Dec. 12.
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