Hello all! I hope you are doing well. Michael, the boys, and I are doing just dandy, thank goodness! The boys are super excited that summer break will be here before long. I have to admit that their mommy is looking forward to sleeping in, too.
Did you spoil your mothers rotten on Mother’s Day? I sure hope you did. In my opinion there is nothing more special than a mom. At least that is how I feel about mine.
I couldn’t ask for a better mother than the one I have. She is so kind, caring, and selfless. This past year has been beyond rough on her. Yet, no matter how sick she is or how bad she feels, she finds time to call all of us kids every day to check on us.
She tries to carry the burden of all her children’s worries, and she prays for us constantly. That’s unconditional love. For Mother’s Day (and always) I prayed that God would bless her with health.
Mom, Sylvania Whitaker, had to have surgery on April 20. The doctors thought she had a hernia on each side of her back, but once they got in there, they discovered it wasn’t hernias after all. It was just weak muscles. They were bulging because she doesn’t have her bottom ribs.
After she had her kidney transplant in 2002, she had to have her kidneys removed due to infection. They had to cut out her bottom ribs in order to remove the kidneys. Normally, you keep your kidneys because the transplanted kidney is placed in your lower abdomen.
Mom came home the same day and is doing pretty well. Of course, she is sore from the large cut, but thankfully, the surgery wasn’t as major as it would have been had she, in fact, had the hernias.
While, I am on the subject of Mom, her birthday was May 2. We had dinner at her house with the entire family to celebrate. We had fun and laughed until our sides hurt, as we generally do when we are all together.
There is a saying that fits our family perfectly. “Fami- lies are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts.” Ha! I’d say they file me in the ‘nut’ department.
Most of my family spent the weekend in Somerset at our cabin. Mom and Dad, Wade and his family, Ward and Dwanna, and Opal all went. My sister Missy had to work, so her family wasn’t able to go. It was the same with us. We had originally planned to go, but Michael ended up working.
Mom said that Virgil and Maxine Blair came out and spent a few hours with them, as well as Rulah, Peggy Whitaker and Johnny, Tammy, and Jordan Whitaker. They really enjoyed getting to see everyone.
My niece, Tonya Fields (Missy and Wayne’s daughter), has been sick this past week. She was running a fever and complaining with her side hurting. She went to the doctor and was given a shot and antibiotics, but still ended up in the emergency room with a fever of 104. We were all worried sick about her, but thankfully she is doing better now.
Grandma, Lucy Blair, hasn’t been feeling too well lately. I sure worry about her. She has been able to stay out of the hospital, but her legs hurt her all the time and she has been having a lot of problems with her stomach. She can’t seem to eat much of anything.
I spoke with Benji Smith Jr. at McDonald’s a few days ago, and he said he is still having some problems with his heart but hasn’t had his heart cath yet. I hope he is feeling better soon. He is awfully young to have to deal with those kinds of problems.
Chuck Crawford went to Indiana to stay with his daughter. We will miss seeing him here on the ‘holler’.
Virgil Combs of Carcassonne, has been in the hospital this past week, but is home now, and his wife, Freda, has been spoiling him with his favorite meals.
My husband, Michael, lost his step-grandfather, Clayburn Eversole, on April 24. Clayburn was 71 years old and from Busy. He was a greeter at Walmart in Hazard, and a member of the Butterfl y Church of the Living God. He was the son of the late Caleb Eversole and Zola Eversole. He is survived by his wife, Freda Fugate Eversole; two sons, James Russell Morris and Eddie (Teresa) Morris; three daughters, Jacqueline Sue Smith and husband, George, Judy Ann Couch and husband Leo, and Lana Rose Holford and husband George; one brother, Isaac James Eversole and wife Eva; five sisters, Juanita Couch, Naomi Neal, Fannie Combs, Lydia Eversole and Mourine “Mouse” Grimes; an aunt, Maude Gullett; 16 grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren.
Clayburn was a wonderful man, and worshipped the ground that Granny walked on. She could never have asked for a better husband. He was a very special man and he was loved by everyone who ever met him.
Blair Branch also lost a sweet lady on April 28. Estevah Blair died. She was 83. Estevah was the daughter of the late James and Arminta Adams Blair. Surviving are four brothers, Paul Blair of Horsecave, Bruce Blair of Jeremiah, Wayne Blair of Connersville, Ind., and Burl Blair of Jeremiah. She was buried in the James Blair Cemetery beside her home.
Please keep her family in your prayers. I know this will be a rough time for them. She was a wonderful person and a great friend to my mom.
I would like to send out belated happy birthday wishes to Daniel Jent on April 19; Greg Lynch and Martha West, April 26; Mary Lou Nolan, April 29; Sylvania Whitaker, May 2; Reva Adams, May 3; Jessica Jent, Marcie Blair, and Roy Culp, May 8; and Heather Blair, May 9. I hope your special days were filled with all the love and laughter in the world.
Krystal and Phillip Albers celebrated their wedding anniversary on April 25, and Susie (Price) and Joseph William Grom celebrated their wedding anniversary on April 28. I hope both couples had a wonderful anniversary and have many more lovefi lled years together!
If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will get you next week. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, you may do so at alancouch@ tvscable.com.