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Dorothy Tacket celebrates her 91st birthday

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Dorothy Pennington Tacket had a birthday on the 29th. She turned 91 years young.

Dorothy Pennington Tacket had a birthday on the 29th. She turned 91 years young.

This entry was intended for last week’s paper and there was a mix-up somehow in getting it to the office last week through email.

Have you all ever thought about how just one specific decision you have made in your lifetime changed your entire future? I watched a movie once that let you see two different outlooks into a woman’s life based on a decision she made one way and then the other. I’ve often wondered how different my life might have been if I had chosen different paths.

I remember one of those decisions my husband and I made together. Thirty some years ago we were faced with the decision of whether or not to leave Kentucky and go to North Carolina for better job opportunities. At the time our home was only about 30 percent finished, but we were living in it anyway. His job as a heavy machinery operator on a strip job wasn’t looking too promising long term. My brother had gotten laid off from South East Coal Company and his family had moved to Greensboro, North Carolina where he was working as a carpenter. So, we had the opportunity to sell out and move to the same area too.

Lester and Bessie McPeek with their granddaughter Kim Arnold.

Lester and Bessie McPeek with their granddaughter Kim Arnold.

We debated it for two weeks or more, prayed about it, considered all avenues. We finally decided God wanted us to stay where we were. It was one of the hardest decisions we have ever made, but looking back I can see why God wanted us to stay here.

The thing that has made me think about this this week is it was my mom’s 91st birthday on Wednesday the 29th. I know God has blessed us tremendously by letting us have her this long.

My brother was talking to her one day last week and she told him she surely had been blessed to have her sweet children with her. Albert said, “No Mommy, we are the ones that have been blessed to have you as our Mommy.”

It tickles me to no end to be able to bring my grandchildren here to Mom’s and the first thing they want to do is go speak to Mommy and tell her they love her. I know it tickles her to have them here, too. I love knowing they will remember all this as they get older just as I remember going to see my grandparents and spending time at their houses.

Henry and Sandra Bentley Sexton. Sandra Sexton had a birthday on the 29th.

Henry and Sandra Bentley Sexton. Sandra Sexton had a birthday on the 29th.

When we were growing up, we loved it when Daddy would take us to Mamaw Pennington’s after church to eat dinner and spend time with her and aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, or whoever. She would always go out and kill a chicken or two and we played while the women cooked dinner. The men were called to the table first, when they finished eating the women and children were allowed to eat. There was so many of us, us children had to sit on lard buckets.

Afterward we would play some more while the grownups played horseshoes in the summertime or sat around the fire and told stories in the wintertime. I’m so thankful I had this childhood and wouldn’t change any of it if I could.

As we were leaving Mommy’s Sunday evening I asked my 18-year-old grandson, “Can you imagine growing up in a place where you couldn’t go outside and play anytime you wanted to, or couldn’t see trees or feel the ground under your feet? Or couldn’t raise a garden and watch things grow?” Needless to say, I’m glad God kept us in this area we call “Home”!

Dakota Francis had birthday on the 27th.

Dakota Francis had birthday on the 27th.

I saw this post on Facebook from one of my friends, Bessie McPeek, and wanted to share it with you all. Lester and Bessie work through the organization, “God’s Love From a Diaper Bag”.

“I was thinking today of the many times God has spoken to me in my spirit! One special time I was working at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services! One of the girls that was working up front went on her break! I took her place to check clients in! A new mother was sitting in the lobby holding her newborn daughter! There was no one in the lobby but her and her baby! I was sitting there and God said, ‘Ask that mother if she needs diapers.’ I got up and went to where she was sitting! I said, ‘Do you happen to need diapers for your baby?’ Tears ran down her face! She said, ‘How did you know? I have been sitting hear praying and asking God to help me with diapers for my baby! My God is so awesome!’ That has many years ago but I remember it like it was yesterday! When God’s Love From a Diaper Bag first became known and Shirley Cox wrote the story and it was featured on the cover of the Mosaic Magazine, I was so humbled I couldn’t help to feel and question why God used me, a nobody! “

It was so good to see that Brandon Robinson was back on WYMT News this morning. Just keep him in your prayers. Also, Larry Everidge has had another surgery and he’s also dealing with the death of his mother, Juanita Everidge, so I’m sure he would also appreciate our prayers. Others that are on my mind are Camden Cook, Bill and Imogene Smith with COVID and many others in our community that are battling it.

My cousin Helen Sue Adams Hall has been sick now for almost a month and needs our prayers also. I also saw where Darlene Sexton Pettibone was asking prayers for her husband Ron. He has to have a biopsy of a place on his pancreas.

Birthday wishes go out to Patsy Stevens Richardson on the 25th, and misprint from an earlier column Terry Lynn Rayburn Ratliff ’s birthday wasn’t the 25th but the 26th, along with Shade Frazier III, Christian Rose, Steven Sturgill, and Von Dixon. Garland and Nancy Spencer Ratliff also celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on the 26th. Belinda Maggard Clayton, Ernest D. Bradley, Dakota Francis, and Keaston Hall had birthdays on the 27th. Teresa Sexton Collier, Brenda Cook, Sandra Bentley Sexton, and Dorothy Pennington Tacket had birthdays on the 29th. Jason Taylor and Edwina Wright Shepherd on the 30th.

I sure do thank God for the messages we have been given at Letcher Independent Baptist Church. I thank Him for leading us to this church many years ago and the beautiful people that I call brothers and sisters. I treasure each and every one of them. If you need a place to worship our doors are open and you will be more than welcome.

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