Michael Dodd McNeil celebrated his 46th birthday with family at the home of his parents, Joyce and William Dodd, on Saturday. Others joining them for lunch included Dorothy Hurley; Helen Weir; Brad, Tanya and Matthew Dodd; and Robbie Dodd. After lunch, Michael and Joyce took Dorothy home and visited with her for awhile, and then shopped at the outlet mall.
Candy Wischerman reports, “Sulphur Springs Gymnastics is hosting ‘The America the Beautiful Meet’ with 300 gymnasts from all over Texas expected to participate this weekend. She says, “They are honoring our military.”
North Hopkins students (and staff) enjoyed a “snow day” on Friday. Lots of snowballs and snowmen were made as a result of the winter storm. Our family also enjoyed the beauty of our “winter wonderland,” playing in the snow, and making snow ice cream. I measured seven inches of snow on our balcony rail, but I also heard reports of 9-11 inches in our area.
Robert and Yvonne Weir went to Shumardi’s in Greenville for a late lunch on Saturday for Valentine’s Day.
Sandra Wester, Suzan Miller and Carolyn Miller left for Las Cruces, N.M., on Wednesday afternoon and missed the snow in Tira and the Dallas area. They spent Wednesday night in Snyder, and woke up to see snow that had fallen during the night. They drove out of the snow before they left Texas. The Guadalupe Mountains in West Texas were a beautiful contrast to the desert with their snow-covered peaks. The purpose of the trip was to watch Carolyn's daughter, Cassie, begin her senior season of softball for the University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners, but they also got to do a lot of sightseeing. They toured the Plaza at Historic Old Mesilla and ate at a famous and interesting restaurant, the La Posta de Mesilla. They also went to Truth or Consequences, N.M., Elephant Butte State Park, and the living ghost towns of Hillsboro and Cuchillo. They stopped in Hatch, N.M., home of the famous hot chile peppers. They toured White Sands National Monument and headed back to Texas by way of Cloudcroft, N.M. The deep snow there created beautiful scenery. They returned home on Monday after a fun trip, but were disappointed to have missed the snow in Tira.
Robert and Laura Jones spent the last month painting and moving. They are “downsizing one last time” as the last of their four children will be graduating in May. Laura says that they did not need the “big ol’ house anymore.” She says, “After seven years on the same block, we didn’t move far away – only six blocks up on Parkins.” Their 17-year-old daughter, Meagen Berry, a senior at Sulphur Springs High School, has been diagnosed with cancer and will be having surgery on Feb. 18. Laura reports that their family is trusting that the doctors will be able to “get it all” and that Meagen will be healed. I’m sure they would appreciate your prayers.
Morgan, Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin stayed with us on Friday night, while Malcolm, Tiffany and Landon went to Chili’s for an early Valentine’s dinner. Chip and I celebrated with a trip to Paris (Texas, that is!). We enjoyed a delicious meal at Applebee’s on Saturday evening. We all celebrated together on Sunday, with lunch at our house after church.
If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact Jan Vaughn at 903-945-2190, 903-438-6688 or jevaughn1@academicplanet. com.
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