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A Wonderful Christmas

Well folks, we had a good Christmas here at our house. We had something to eat and we were warm. We had plenty of visitors come and eat dinner and the grandbaby got clothes and toys.
He got some pretty clothes and a toy in the mail from way up Virginia Way. I want to thank Sarah Pilfrey and her friends, the Red Hat Women. Sarah, we thank you so much for what you have done for us, and tell the ladies the clothes fit the baby and he will wear them to church.
You should see him when he goes to church. He acts like a grown up and he plays his little guitar and he tries to help me. I play guitar and sing in church. I’m trying to teach him good things and tell him about the Lord. His favorite song is Jesus Saves Me.
People today need to take their children to Sunday school and church. People have gotten away from the Lord.
We had watch night service at our church last night. We had a big crowd and good singing until 12 PM. The Lord is so good to us all.
I guess a lot of people are making resolutions for the new year. We all should do more for the Lord, and do the best we can to win the lost for Christ. We need more love for one another.
Some people are still sick and in need of prayers. Waymon and Joyce Mills, Edgar Lawson, Susan Whitis, and James Brown. So pray for them. Remember the ones that are in the hospital, the nursing homes, and the ones that have lost a loved one.
I want to thank everyone that gets the paper and for all of you that read my little write up, and I want to thank the staff that helps me with my write up at the Enterprise.
As we start the new year, may God richly bless you and your family. God bless America and may He forever hold you in His hands.

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Remember The Reason For The Season

Remember The Reason For The Season

Well folks, the good Lord willing, this coming weekend we will celebrate Christ’s Birthday. It’s a time where most of the family will be together, but people let us be reminded the reason for the season. The Lord is so good to us all. I want to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas. To the Smiths and Pelfreys way up Virginia Way and to all of you that read my little column each week and to the staff at the Enterprise, they are so good to me.
We have got so many Christmas cards this Christmas. It is so good to have so many friends, we had a good time this weekend going to Sunday school and church and our singing to Lords Willing We Will Be. Going down to the nursing home this Thursday night to sing and have church with them. So many people are shut ins and not able to go to church.
Happy anniversaries go out this week to Lee and Lillie Mae Hicks. Happy Birthday wishes go out to Jordan Sizemore and Victor Gregory and Oakely Ray Gregory. May God bless you all to have many more. We want to wish our good friend Geredene Boats Smith a good Christmas, she has always been a good friend to me and I thank God for true friends like her.
Lets pray for the ones that are sick, Susan Whites Waymon and Joyce Mills, Edgar Lawson, Junior Mills, Jamie Brown, Pauline Brown, Gladys Smith, and Denver Smith. So many each week need prayer so pray for them. Remember the ones that have lost a loved one this past week.
The Howard Rogers family and the Burchell family too, so many each week passing from this life.
We need to be thankful everyday for what we have at Christmas time. We get people gifts and that’s good. Let’s remember the greatest gift that was ever given, when God gave his only Son for all of us and its good to know that all of our solders are coming home from the war.
Lets remember all the sick and shut ins, the ones in the hospitals, the ones in the nursing homes, and the ones that are at home.
Well, I’ll stop for this time. May God bless each of you and draw our house to your house. Have a very merry Christmas. God bless America and may he forever hold you in His hands.

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It's Winter Time Anyway

It’s Winter Time Anyway
Well folks it’s sure been cold for the last few days here at our house, with the big frost on the ground and the ground has been too, but its winter time anyway.  A lot of people have put up their Christmas lights all ready and they are so pretty.  When we were children at home, we would get all excited because we knew we would get a little something for Christmas.  We would hang out socks above the mantle off the fireplace and on Christmas morning we would get up early to see what we got in our stockings.  We would get a Big Apple and Orange, and a big stick of candy, but we never got any toys.  Children today get Christmas every week or month and they don’t appreciate the things they get because they have so much.
The time when we grew up, every body was poor.  We didn’t get much, but we really appreciated it, we were glad to get what we got.  We had plenty to eat because we grew most of it.  We all worked on the farm and raising the garden today, kids don’t know how to raise a garden or milk a cow or feed the hogs and chickens.  A lot of people have asked me to write and tell how I grew up and the things we did on the farm.  When I went to school I walked about 4 miles a day, and when I went to high school I walked about 6 miles a day through the water and mud.  Back then times were hard, but people loved one another and we were happy.
So lord willing I’ll write about how I grew up one of these days.
A lot of people are still sick Wayan and Joyce Mills, Edgar Lawson, Harley and Norma Lee Sibert, Junior Mills, James Brown, Carl Hibbard, and Celia Mills, so pray for these folks.
Remember the ones that have lost a loved one this past week.
Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Ethel May Jackson, she will be 82 years young the 12th of December, also baby Tate Scrimner will be the big 5 on the 13th.  Donald Junior Hubbard will be the big 2 on the 15th, and Shane Gibson will be celebrating his birthday on the 18th.
Happy Anniversaries go out to Gentry and Lisa Gibson, George and Faye Blair, Donald Lee and Ana Hubbard, and Harold and Trish Smith.
So to all of you that are having birthdays and anniversaries, may God Richly bless you all to have many more.  We love you all.
It sure is good to have good friends these days.  Jamie Hicks is over hauling the engine in my tractor.  It’s 32 years old and nothing has been done to it.  It sure has been a good one.  He sure is a good friend to me and I really appreciate him.
We’ll I’ll stop for this time and I want to wish everyone a good Christmas.  May God richly Bless America and May he for ever hold you in his hands.

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It's a Wonderful Time of Year

It’s a Wonderful Time of Year
Well folks, I’m sorry for not putting my write up last week in the paper. I was sick, but I’m better now. Thanks for you that called asking about it. A lot of people are busy these days getting ready for Christmas. Buying gifts some people have already put up lights and Christmas trees. It’s a wonderful time of the year, a happy time for some, and a sad time for some. Folks don’t forget the season for Christmas, it’s our savior’s birthday. Lets all be thankful for all that we have. So much we can be thankful for.
A lot of people are sick, Edgar Lawson, Harley Sibert Waymon, Joyce Mills, Junior Mills, James Brown, Celia Mills, Delbert Collins, and Sonya Dezarn.
It was sad to hear about preacher Wade Hacker passing, he was a good man, a lot of times I would go away to his saw mill to buy lumber, he and I would talk about the Bible and about the land. So many each week. Brother Beve House passed this week, he and I was good friends.
So pray for the families. Our hearts go out to all of you. The best thing for people is to be ready to meet the good Lord when He calls. So many people put off getting ready, but one thing for sure, He will call for you, ready or not.
I sure like to talk about the good Lord and His love. We had a good time in Sunday school and church today and tonight good singing and good preaching.
Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to a handsome young fellow, Dakota Daugh Sizemore up Somerset way. He will be 10 years old. So Happy Birthday young fellow. Also Adam Eli Broughton, Kassie Williams and Carl Hibbard, so God bless you all from all of the family and friends.
Well, I’ll stop for this time. May God richly bless you all and God bless America. May He forever hold you in His hands.

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When I Was A Boy

When I Was A Boy

Well folks, we have so much today. I remember when I was a boy growing up on the farm. At Thanksgiving, we never had turkey or dressing. We had chicken and dumplings and country ham and tenderloin because we killed hogs and we killed the chickens for dumplings. We raised about everything that we had to eat. We never went hungry.

Today, we go to the store to get our groceries. On the farms, we had meat and eggs and our milk and our veggies too. We grew our potatoes, both kinds of potatoes, beans, corn, cabbage, turnips, cashew, and pumpkins. We grew everything. We had shuck beans and we always grew white corn. We would shell the corn and take it to the mill and they would grind the corn for our bread.

Things sure have changed over the years on Thanksgiving. We had plenty to eat. Mother would bake cakes and pies, she would make apple stack cakes and pumpkin pies and they were so good. With buttermilk, we had apple butter and with black berries, jam and jelly. We had dried apples.

Today, the young generation don’t know anything about hard times. How many today know how to milk a cow or how to take a pair of mules to plow up ground to raise gardens or crops? How many children today would walk 2 or 3 miles to school? So you can see how things have changed so much as Thanksgiving is getting closer. So be thankful for what the good Lord has given us.

We wish Windell Wilson and Gary Roberts a happy birthday. May God grant both of you to have many more.

Remember the ones that are sick. Denver Smith, Edgar Lawson, Delbert Collins, Harley Sibert, and Waymon and Joyce Mills. So pray for them.

Remember the ones that have lost a loved one the past week. The woman and little child, so many each week. Pray for the ones in the hospital and the nursing homes.

Thank you all for reading my little column. I saw Stanly Sizemore today. I used to work with him. He said he had three boys and he named one after me. His name is Clay Boy Sizemore, that’s alright.

I got a call today from my friend Arlie Rhodes. He lives at Lyttleton down at Manchester. It’s always good to meet friends or get phone calls. They tell me they read my little write up.

I want to thank the staff at the Enterprise for all the help they do for me.

So I want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and may God Richly bless all of you.

God bless America and may He forever hold you in His hands.

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