We were hoping Brandon Robinson had missed his weather forecast for snow this weekend. Then, as we were getting ready for church Sunday morning, I looked out the window and saw those huge snowflakes starting to fall. I’m glad it didn’t stick to the roads any more than what it did, though. Other places in the county evidently had more than we did here in Stinking Branch. I loved seeing all the pictures that were posted on Facebook, especially those of my granddaughter, Story Eliza Hampton.
The Letcher County Senior Citizens are planning on having their Christmas dinner this coming Friday, Dec. 14, at the Letcher County Extension Office. We are supposed to bring side dishes and desserts. I am going to try to get Mom to go with me. I know she would enjoy it once we got there. The staff and seniors have our meeting room at the rec center decorated so pretty. Christmas will be here before we know it.
I saw this event posted on Facebook called Downtown Christmas Spectacular that sounds like a nice activity to take the kids and grandkids. It’s this Friday, the 14th, from 5 to 6 p.m. on Main Street in Whitesburg. The live Nativity sounds interesting.
I saw some wonderful news on Facebook last week. One of our young authors from Letcher County, Cassie McCool-Solis, has another book available now. Her first book, entitled “Who Could Love You More Than Me?” was a very good testimony from Cassie. Now, once again this book follows that same suit.
This was her post on Facebook, announcing her second book:
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made Heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
“Y’all, I’m excited to tell you that my new book ‘If You’re From the Mountains’ is now available on Amazon.com.olor I’m even more excited to tell you how the Lord is working in my life right now! ‘If You’re From the Mountains’ has featured illustrations by 22 young artists local to the Appalachian Mountains. This was a lesson in trust for me, and God has showed off! He has taught me about provision; when I was afraid this lofty goal wouldn’t work, He made it work! I’ve learned to be humble and ask for prayer. God has shown me some prayer warriors in my life who have been praying for this project alongside me without even realizing it! The Lord has shown me grace and helped me to also show grace to myself. He has reminded me that He’s always there and always available to help us, we just have to ask Him. I am in awe at how the Lord has worked and put Himself in these pages!
“Drew and I have also spent time praying over every single illustrator, for their families, for the friends they sit with at lunch. We’ve prayed that they are confi- dent and caring, brave and healthy, and have full bellies in a warm home. Friends, if you know any of the illustrators personally, please tell them if you see God working in their lives, too!
“’ If You’re from the Mountains’ is eligible for prime shipping and according to Amazon will arrive before Christmas! On behalf of me, and 22 of my very talented friends, I sincerely hope this book finds a home underneath your tree this year.”
“ If You’re From The Mountains, www.amazon.com/…/1…/ ref=cm_ sw_ r_ cp_ api_ DFec- CbYWP5J0S.”
I know her great-grandparents, Preacher Bill and June Craft, and her grandparents, Tom and Billie June Craft Richardson, then her parents, Chris and Celesta Richardson Riffe, are all so very proud of her. Although Cassie and her family are now living in Texas, it’s good to know her heart will always be in these mountains.
Our pastor and his wife celebrated their 47th anniversary last month and I didn’t get to post it because of my hospital stay, so we’re sending them belated anniversary wishes. Our church is so blessed that God called him and his family here many years ago. We are so blessed to be a part of this church family. Everything they have gone through in the last two and a half years with the loss of their son and his girlfriend has been and continues to be so hard on them all. Your prayers for them are still greatly appreciated, as this case has still not yet gone to court. The picture posted of their family was taken with an empty space between their grandson Parker Jones (son of Bobby Jones) and our pastor was left intentionally for their late son Bobby Jones.
Another belated wish is for my only sister-in-law, Tonya Worley Tackett. We haven’t had a chance to see them in a really, really long time. My brother and Tonya live in Randleman, N.C., and we really miss them and their children and grandchildren. We’re hoping to see them around Christmas.
Please be in prayer for Shirley Stidham in the death of her son Charles Allen Stidham. He passed away Dec. 8 after being in the hospital since early November from a stroke and kidney failure. Shirley and her family have been members of Millstone Missionary Baptist Church since the church was started. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.
Another special prayer request on all our hearts at the rec center is for our friend, Scarlett Coots. As most of you know by now she is taking treatments for breast cancer.
Another week’s column comes to an end here with Oma’s plea. Be in church somewhere this Sunday morning, and I say if your church has services Sunday night or throughout the week, God wants you there then, too.