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TUCKER MASON

TUCKER MASON

Well, praise God! Mom is beginning to act like her old self again. She is finally feeling up to going to physical therapy at East Kentucky Physical Therapy. She got acquainted with a lot of the people there when she had to have therapy after breaking her back in 2017. So, she feels right at home there and is making wonderful progress. She is so recovering so much the other day I was bringing a curio cabinet out of one of her bedrooms and got it right beside of her and she asked, “Now what are you going to do with that, Sis?” I told her we were going to see if anybody in the family could use it and if not we were going to see if anybody else wanted it. Then if nobody wanted it we would get rid of it. She spoke right up and asked, “Do you want me to help you move it, Sissy?” I got tickled and couldn’t catch my breath for laughing at her.

We’ve been working on cleaning out her bedrooms and getting rid of lots of useless things and then again going through a lot of keepsakes. I’ve come across so many wonderful pictures that bring back so many memories. She sets and goes through them with me a box at a time and we talk about the people in them and she loves telling me who they are and who their people were. Also, memories she has of them. Sometimes though she gets me so confused with the family lines I just have to shake my head and smile like I know exactly who she’s talking about.

Pastor Bill Jones with Hannah Caudill

Pastor Bill Jones with Hannah Caudill

This one picture though get me to thinking back again to our Easter Sundays at Cowan Primitive Baptist Church and also how much different Easter Sundays are now than they were then. Plastic eggs weren’t part of our Easter egg hunts, and I’m sure happy about that, because I loved boiled eggs then and still do today. Our baskets were either made from construction paper strips that were weaved together then stapled or glued, or plastic Clorox bottles that had the top cut off and a strip made for the handle. Then we would put construction paper ears on them and a cotton ball for the tail to make it resemble a rabbit. Most of the time we made these at school and just used them for Sunday School, too. This cost our parents absolutely nothing. I looked at the price of Easter baskets the other day and had to catch my breath. After church we always went to our Mamaw Pennington’s where the rest of Mommy’s family would be gathered for Easter dinner and another wonderful egg hunt. Cousins aplenty would be there for the making of memories that continue to touch us all to this day.

Delores Tacket Holbrook, Dorothy Pennington Tacket holding Lauren Holbrook, and Kenneth Holbrook II

Delores Tacket Holbrook, Dorothy Pennington Tacket holding Lauren Holbrook, and Kenneth Holbrook II

Okay, enough reminiscing. Here are the February and March birthdays for the Letcher County Senior Citizens. Katie Caudill- 2-16, Rose Hammonds 2-12, Lorraine Luracka 2-6, Lawton Sexton 2-6, Debbie Baker 2-6, Bruce Sturgill 2-10, Peggy Sturgill 2-26, Joann Watts 3-19, Susie Wise 3-10, and me, Jeanette Yonts 3-18.

A few birthdays that were listed on Facebook from the community were Earlene King Dixon on the 16th and Renee McCray on the 17th. Our neighbors, Danny and Joyce Baker’s daughter Melody Baker celebrated a birthday on the 7th. A very young church member that I want to brag on celebrated a birthday on the 6th, Hannah Caudill. She is a senior at Letcher Central and has been accepted to Liberty College this coming fall. This was her thanks to the people who had wished her a happy birthday on Facebook and I think this just says it all about what kind of a person she truly is. “Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday (and the belated ones today). I want this birthday to be a way for me to give glory to God for every single day that He has blessed me with and brought me through. He has blessed me with an amazing family and friends that have brought me so much joy and comfort. He has always provided me with not only what I need, but also opportunities and life-changing experiences. In my darkest times, when I couldn’t see a future for myself, He was there holding onto me. I wish my 14-year-old self could see me today and know that it does indeed get better. I wouldn’t have thought that I’d one day be celebrating my eighteenth birthday. I owe everything I have to Almighty God and I pray that if He blesses me with another eighteen years, they will be filled with discipleship, fellowship, and growing in my relationship with Christ.

Pictured are (back row) Carol Ison, Charlene Tacket Mason, Freida Boggs Johnson, Dorothy Tacket, Jeanette Tacket Yonts, Marshel Tacket, (middle row) Albert Tacket, Lucille Tacket Graves, (front row) Marshall Ison, unknown, Valerie Ison Horn, and Delores Tacket Holbrook.

Pictured are (back row) Carol Ison, Charlene Tacket Mason, Freida Boggs Johnson, Dorothy Tacket, Jeanette Tacket Yonts, Marshel Tacket, (middle row) Albert Tacket, Lucille Tacket Graves, (front row) Marshall Ison, unknown, Valerie Ison Horn, and Delores Tacket Holbrook.

“Thank you to the ones who have stood by me over the years. You are priceless to me.

“Much love to y’all.”

We had some special birthdays in the family, too. One was Mom’s first grandchild, Kenneth Dwight Holbrook II, also known as Little Ken, who turned 38 on the 5th. Another was one of my favorite second cousins, Cathy Nelson Oakley. Then, last but not least was Charlene’s oldest grandchild, Tucker Mason, turned 12 years old on the 14th.

This was a post from one of my Facebook friends, Donna Shepherd Branham about her husband Alvin Branham.

“Friends, I’ve gotten a lot of messages from you, asking about Alvin. He was doing great until they pulled that tube from his main artery. Then about 30 minutes later he was freezing and shaking so bad he couldn’t be still, then he couldn’t breathe. They’re running lots of tests, say he may be septic again. They’re starting him on about 4 or 5 different antibiotics. So please keep him in your prayers. Love you all!”

Casey Sexton is facing a surgery in a few days. He has had colon cancer and really needs everyone to pray for God to take care of this surgery. Kathy Lucas also needs our prayers about her heart situation. Harold Day’s niece said he is now in the Letcher Manor Rehabilitation Center. Keep praying that God will continue to heal him.

And as always I ask that you keep my pastor, Bill Jones, and his whole family in your prayers that this trial situation will soon come to an end. Prayer is also needed for the family of Teresa Banks. She passed away last week. There are so many that are grieving now for their loved ones and they desperately need our prayers.

Closing once again with Oma’s weekly plea for all to be in church Sunday. If your church has services Sunday night or throughout the week God wants you there then, too.

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