Good morning, Friends! Hope this finds you all well and happy. Last week, I spent a little time with the two most wonderful grandsons in the world – Zach and Seth! Kelly and some of her friends took a long weekend excursion to Round Top (or as Chris described it: Canton on steroids) and Chris was off on a work-related trip. The boys are growing up so fast so I spend every moment I can with them.
Our heart breaks for our sweet friends, Kate and Andy Kirby. Kate lost her precious dad last week to a sudden illness. Please keep the entire family in your prayers.
Well, let’s see what’s happening in town. While September is almost over, October looks to be busy. Sunday, October 1st 2-3pm at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, we will have the opportunity to participate in our first Annual Life Chain Event. This event brings awareness of our pro-life position. It is not a march, protest, or demonstration. It is a peaceful, public witness. (see Journal article: 30th Annual Life Chain Event…Prayers to End Abortion) October 2nd, the combined meetings of the Big Sandy Rotary Club and Big Sandy Chamber of Commerce will start at noon at New Beginnings. We will be introduced to the first ‘Students of the Month’ of the 2017-18 school year. October 3rd brings TEXAS NIGHT OUT from 6-8pm at the City Park (across from BSHS). For most states, it’s National Night Out and held in August; however, we all know what August is like in Texas, so we moved ours to October! And that, folks, is just the first week of October!
Don’t forget our friends at New Hope Baptist Church are having an Indoor Rummage Sale to benefit two projects: AWANAs and Hurricane Harvey Relief. Their AWANA program needs cash to buy supplies and a sister church in South Texas needs cash. Sale runs Friday and Saturday, September 29th and 30th, 8am-5pm at New Hope Baptist, 9455 HWY 155 South (between Big Sandy and Gilmer). They will also accept cash donations.
Again, very slow this week at Nanny’s Porch, but we had a little project to keep us busy. Mary Lynn Barnes called to see if we wanted purple hull peas. We did. She sent Marcus Harper to The Porch and between the two of us, we bought four bushels. (Jackie three and me only one. I don’t like them, but will cook for Michael.) We got our pea-shelling pans, sat on the porch at Nanny’s Porch, and shelled peas! I can remember fussing about shelling peas (was way too cool to have purple thumbs), but I really enjoyed it this time. So, if anyone has any fall produce, come on by…we just might need what you’ve harvested!
Also, last week we made some new friends and visited with seasoned ones. Dortha Barnes from Big Sandy dropped by, along with Sue Tumbleson and Wayne Iben of Hawkins. Another Hawkins visitor was Mauritta Ridenhour – the Hat Lady of Hawkins. She is so funny and we had great fun laughing and talking! ‘Seasoned’ friends Tamra Boykin, Marsha and Boo Buchheit, Mary Lynn Gorman, Sister Gorman, Carla Lucas, and Muriel Lenhart stopped in for a while, plus Hawkins’ very own green-thumb, Liz Elkins, came by Friday afternoon. Guess that’s all for now. Y’all be blessed, and as always…see you at Nanny’s Porch!