Hello, everyone. I hope you are all doing well.
This was a very busy week for me. We had a Howard family Christmas party on Saturday night at the Sandlick Fire Department, and had a super large crowd. I don’t even know how many new babies to show off, all beautiful, of course.
Tabitha and Kevin Spencer’s little daughter, MaKaya, said she was a little snow angel. She sure looked like one! I have lost of pictures to show off in The Eagle, a few at a time.
I was sorry to hear of the death of Tootsie Sturgill of Michigan. She was a good friend, and wife of the late Otis Sturgill, formerly of Cowan. They have lots of relatives and friends here.
My good friend, Ada (Miller) King of Miamisburg, Ohio, formerly of Marlowe, called to tell me her husband, Arthur King, had surgery and needs to be remembered in prayer.
I got a Christmas card from her sister, Anna (Miller) Vanderpool of Williamsburg. Merry Christmas, Anna and family!
I also got a card from some more good friends, Judy and Benny Dent of Michigan, more of our misplaced people from Whitesburg who get The Eagle to keep up with all of us. It’s good so many of our folks still remember us.
My son, Rob Hatton, went to Lexington to celebrate his little grandson, Loren Hatton’s, second birthday. Rob is really sore with some broken ribs and bruises he got at work He keeps going.
I look forward to seeing him on Wednesday, along with my son, Billy. He had all of his family at our Christmas party except Jonathon, who had to study. He’s in medical school at Pikeville, and working hard at it. I’m proud of you, Jump!
We had our Christmas dinner at our church and then on to Green Acres Cemetery for the candle lighting service, which was really beautiful. There is always a huge crowd there, and the place was full.
They will be having their Christmas dinner at the Veterans Center in Hazard, and also, there will be a celebration for them on Wednesday. They are really good to them down there.
It was so good seeing our sisters, Judy Greene and Joann Brown, and their families at our Howard Christmas party. We don’t get to see them much. I wish families could all stay together, but they have to go where their jobs take them.
We have had some warm days and it’s melted all the snow and ice. It’s certainly good to see the warm days; since our power bills have gotten so high lots of our people say they don’t know how they can afford it. It’s sure good that our gas prices have gone down with everything else going up.
Shirley Breeding and I are getting ready to head out to Hazard to visit our husbands, and we hope they are having a good day.
This news from the Ermine Senior Citizens Center by Lizzie M. Wright:
“Dec. 9, Brande from East Kentucky Physical Therapy visited the Ermine Center to show us some new exercises to do, and she also tested the strength in our hands. Shirley Day and John Duty did the best and they each won a gift.
“Our drivers took the quilting ladies to Gordon for a little trip to the fire department. Vina said it rained all the way there and back but they enjoyed the trip.
“Saturday, Ermine Senior Citizens and Jenkins Senior Citizens went to Johnson City, Tenn., on a shopping and sightseeing trip. Our site manager, Debbie Slone, and our workers, Ann Michelle and Mark, went also.
“We went to Old Navy, Ross’s, the mall, Target and Toys ‘R Us. We ate lunch at the food court in the mall, and dinner at Charlie’s. We had a great meal and a wonderful time. Lizzie Mae talked to Leonard and Kay Boggs’s son. He remembered her from working at Hobbs.
“Sunday afternoon was the candle lighting at Green Acres Cemetery. Lizzie Mae’s mother and father-in-law are buried there, and she goes every year to light candles in their memory.
“Friday, Dec. 19 is our potluck and Christmas party. We will exchange gifts; ladies, bring a lady’s gift, and the men, a man’s gift. Our menu is finger foods, desserts and drinks. Eugene from the Sheriff’s Department will be there to take pictures. Come and visit us. God bless until next time.”
May God bless all of you. Try to go to church somewhere this week and don’t forget the reason for the season.