Our sweet friend, Jack Hetzel, enjoys a cup of coffee while lovely wife, Pat, shops!

Good morning, Friends! Hope y’all had a productive week. We’ve been pretty busy here on The Porch. Jackie and Betty made a trip to Dallas Market and brought home lots of pretties for that special lady in your life…yes, I mean your Mother. Sunday, May 14th is Mother’s Day, so come by Nanny’s Porch and we can help you select that perfect gift. (shameless promotion of Nanny’s Porch over!)

Don’t forget Mom on Mother’s Day – May 14th!

Last week brought another interesting rain. Those of you with metal roofs know what I mean; perfectly quiet one moment then BAM! It sounds as if the whole thing is falling in – then quiet again. I love to sit on the porch and sip a little coffee in the rain. And speaking of coffee sippin’, two of my favorite gentlemen were at The Porch Friday morning for coffee and cookies. Jack Hetzel and Pat’s son, Goody. We normally have our Friday coffee/cookie meeting at The Journal, but Kate and Andy were on assignment and not available. As you may know, Jack fell a few weeks ago and injured his back, but he’s better now and moving great. As always, please keep Jack, Pat, Goody and Goody’s wife, Linda, in your prayers.

Jack was also in town for the National Day of Prayer meeting on May 2nd. It was inspiring and good to see so many come together to pray for…everything! The Big Sandy Ministerial Alliance is sponsoring a Baccalaureate service for the 2017 graduating class at BSHS. The Service is Wednesday, May 17th at 2pm. This is a special time in the lives of these young people. Please pray for the next step in their life-journey.

Peggy LaForce, was injured in a car accident last week, breaking both arms and an ankle. I don’t have an update yet, but please add Peggy to your prayer list! Will Brahic also had a car accident and grandmother-in-law, Mary Lynn Gorman, told us at church Sunday he was ok. Prayers for Will, too.

In observance of Teacher Appreciation Week, the Big Sandy PTO let our teachers know how much we love them. Treats were provided each day and Thursday morning a brunch offered all sorts of goodies. These folks are so often taken for granted, but believe me, they have one of the most important ‘jobs’ in the world. Yes, I emphasize ‘job’ because it’s really a calling. You must have the heart and proper mind-set to teach and our teachers do! A simple thank you isn’t enough. (And they don’t get the entire summer off!)

Speaking of BSISD, the FFA kids held their annual fish fry and auction Saturday and as always, it was fun and the fish was really good. Thanks to the many local businesses, individuals, and the fabulous item made by the kids, the auction raised a great deal of money. Anthony Betterton served as auctioneer and his enthusiasm really gets those bids flying. Thank you, Mr. B!

Congratulations to our newly elected city officials. Sonny Parsons has been selected to lead our city as mayor and Michael Baggett has returned for a second term as councilman. Don Cochran will be serving his first term as councilman.

Spring is officially here! The hummingbirds have arrived and the second clutch of bluebirds have hatched in our bluebird box on Gilmer Street. We have several feeders in our back yard full of black oil sunflower seeds and we have all sorts of birds. There’s also a pair of purple finches who have built their nest (and added two eggs) in an impatient basket at The Porch.

That’s all for this week. Be blessed, and as always…see you at Nanny’s Porch!