Whitesburg KY

New family member is Russell Tyler Ackeret


MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!! This month has flown by and it’s now Christmas. I hope all have a wonderful time with family, friends, and loved ones. If you aren’t with your family or friends or loved ones, be there in spirit.

We’ll have one son here for Christmas. I’m excited over it. We haven’t had a son with us on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day since 2014. Since we’ve moved to Kentucky, we have had Christmas before or after the actual day with the sons. This will be good to see a son for the actual days.

I did get decorations on my Christmas tree and we even put up some outside decorations. I’m still trying to get gifts wrapped. I’ve discovered that I’m missing gifts. I think I put them up before Thanksgiving and they haven’t made a reappearance. Plus, I have several Amazon packages that notices say ‘Your package is late. It may be lost.’ I have received a refund from Kohl’s and a partial refund from Amazon already. I expect more refunds this week. I don’t think I’ll do as much online shopping next year. I’m not liking the lost packages.

I want to welcome a new family member. Russell Tyler Ackeret arrived on December 15, 2020 at 11:48 p.m. in Columbus, Ind. The parents are Hailey Martin and Jordon Ackeret. The grandparents are Bridget Banks of Seymour, Ind., and Joe Martin of Seymour, Ind. The great-grandfather is Donald P. Banks of Little Cowan.

Welcome, Russell Tyler.

We did make a quick trip to Walmart this past week. While Mike was loading things into the vehicle, we saw Juanita Caudill. It was good to talk to her for a couple minutes. She was looking good.

I received a phone call from a former co-worker/ friend this week, Pam Gutshall of Hamilton, Ohio. It was great talking with her. She retired from Job Corps at the end of June 2015. This was two weeks after we moved to Wyoming. It’s always nice to hear from friends.

I’m sending a thank you to my cousin, Kae Fisher. Kae sent me a lovely message on Facebook. I have the best cousins around.

My cousin Laura Harris of Lexington and her husband Mike stopped by on Sunday morning. They came in to visit her parents, Bob and Ramona Caudill of Little Cowan. They brought an outdoor wrought iron chair to us. We love the chair and it’ll go with some of our outdoor furniture. Thanks, Laura and Mike.

My cousin Debbie Vice of Flemingsburg dropped off a lovely Christmas package for us. It’s full of holiday treats. She said they’ll come visit in January. Thank you, Debbie and Jeff.

Feel better wishes are being sent to Patrick Andry.

Helen Ruth Roberts Caudill passed away on December 16, 2020 at the age of 75. Left to mourn her passing is her husband of 51 years, James Walter Caudill of Hyden. She is survived by four children, Stephanie(Nick) Walker of Wooten; Deborah Caudill (Richard Clark) of Stinnett; James Bradley (Natasha) Caudill of Hyden; and James W. “Jim” (Pam) Caudill of Little Cowan.

She leaves behind ten grandchildren, Candance (Zach) McGeorge; Nicholas Walker; Braden Walker; Jamison Walker; Kaylee Marie Ruth Caudill; James Dalton Caudill; Jim Ed (Reece) Caudill; Jeffrey (Ginger) Caudill; Sarah Caudill; and Elizabeth Clark. She had three great-grandchildren.

Services will be private upon request of the family. Interment will be at the Kentucky Veteran’s Cemetery Southeast, Hyden.

Condolences are sent to the Caudill family.

It was hard to choose between two quotes that I found for this week. I decided to post them both. Enjoy them.

The first quote is attributed to Norman Vincent Peale: “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

The second quote is attributed to Bob Hope: “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”

Have a merry Christmas and stay healthy.

Celebrate the reason for the season.

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