By ANNA PATRICK
Thanksgiving 2015 has come and gone as well as "Black Friday" or should we say "Christmas Commercialism Time".
Lots of family gatherings for the day we are to remember to thank God for ALL of our blessings and our family has a special "Thank You, Lord" to say:
Last Tuesday morning on the way to school, our grandson, Daxton Patrick, failed to maneuver a curve. His car rolled and wound up against a tree. The only place in that car not damaged was where he was sitting - yes that's right - the ONLY place Daxton could be safe from injury was where he was sitting. He did suffer a small gash on the back of his head which required no stitches. The trooper made the statement that when he saw it he expected a fatality!! Thank You, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit!!
Saturday, November 21st, Prosperity Baptist Youth group made their annual trip to the "Hearts on Fire" Retreat held in Pigeon Forge.
There was a lot of good food wasted I mean served around this neck of the woods on Thanksgiving Day.
Brenda and Bobby Francis spent time at doing some horseback riding at their place near Jamestown. Friends, Terry Thomas and Patrick Thomas were two friends who were there to spend a few days riding and enjoying the delicious Thanksgiving meal cooked by Brenda.
Betty Thomas and Brad and Stefanie Leach, Samantha and Madison spent her Thanksgiving Day eating with great food at the home of Ray and Janice Shipp.
Robbie Owen hosted her annual meal with Jim and Donna Sherrell, Brian James and Candace Meyers.
This was after the day she had lunch with Michelle James, Aaron Bennett and Jim and Donna. Wanna know where she ate? It was Mexican!! And she says she doesn't like Mexican but she liked this.
P-pa and I carried all of our food to Tim and DeAnna Reed who hosted our main event. The main course was fried turkey cooked by Bethany and Sam Morrison. Others contributing to and enjoying the meal were Elaine Reed, Rylon and Amaieah Morrison, Kyle and Shannon Patrick, Kullon and Shiloh, Daxton Patrick, Dustin Patrick, and Ray and Anita Patrick.
Janna and Ryan Womack came a little later after enjoying a delicious meal hosted by Eric and Beth Saddler, Evan and Ella. There were other family members there to enjoy all the good fixin's.
Jimmy Mingle was in Murfreesboro enjoying Thanksgiving with his children and grandchildren. This was hosted by daughter, Brooke and Corey Harrell.
Tonight, (Tuesday) the Lady Knights and Knights are hosting the Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs of DeKalb West at 6:00 p.m. Thursday they are traveling to Woodland to meet the Warriorettes and Warriors. Come out and see these young athletes and their cheerleaders. You can also get some delicious hamburgers at the home games so no cooking for that night.
Although you can register the day (Saturday December 12th) of the fundraiser for Russell and Helen Fults, today is the last day to pre-register so you can get a special t-shirt and free pancake breakfast. If you don't pre-register, come on that morning, enjoy the breakfast and sign up to walk or run or just sit it all out. Just come by and support this family in their time of need. This is event is also to raise awareness for dementia and hydrocephalus.
Now I know you're excited to see who is having a birthday this week so here goes:
December 3rd is the birthday for Russell Fults. We wish him a happy day then and many more. Celebrating the same da are Jacob Bobo, Daniel Neeley and Zachery Hickey. "Big" Randy Tooms puts 53 years under his belt on the 4th. Todd Turney and Tommy Swift celebrate on the 5th. December 7th is the special day for Stefanie Leach, Austin Duggin and Travis Baines. Finishing up the list on the 8th are Donna yule Stanfield and Judith Nichols Vanhook. Happy birthday to all of you.
It was 48 years ago on the 8th of December when Paul Leyhew took as his bride, Connie Shirley. Happy anniversary you two.
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