Well, you talk about a Mother’s Day present, Mom surely got one this year. We (by we I mean myself, Rick and Charlene Mason and their granddaughter Chesnee) were able to take her to see her only boy, Albert Tackett, and his wife Tonya and all their children. They live in Randleman, North Carolina. Brandy Pedigo, Courtney Pedigo with her beautiful daughter Harlynn, Ashley Tackett Ellis, and A.J. Tackett, Ashley’s daughter, Kassidy Lynn Trotter, with her friend Logan White, Ashley’s son Cade Ellis and her husband John were also there. Ashley and A.J. just didn’t hardly want to let Mommy come back home. Mom and I loved the visit, but hated the drive. There’s just no place like these mountains and our homes. Mom got up this morning, Monday, and said, “It sure does feel good to wake up in my own home.” I know the feeling for sure.
My sister Delores doesn’t travel well at all and so she didn’t want to go with us. My other sister, Lucille, and her husband John Graves are visiting their youngest daughter Lydia Caroline Graves in Paris, France. They are sharing all kinds of pictures on Facebook with us and it seems to be a beautiful place. They even visited Claude Monet’s garden. They travel quite a bit and enjoy it very much. We will be very happy when they make it back to the United States though.
Don’t forget the play that will be taking place this Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th at Letcher County Central High. Both nights the play starts at 6 p.m. This will be the Fleming- Neon Middle School performing “Alice in Wonderland.” We are very excited and can’t wait to see our granddaughter actually perform on stage. She is in the 8th grade and has never done anything like this before.
I noticed this is Nurse’s Appreciation week. Of all the hardworking people in this world, they are among the top 10 for sure. As many times as I have been in the hospital for pancreatitis, I have had lots of experience watching the nurses and how hard they work. I have lots of friends and relatives that are nurses and I don’t think they get half of the credit they deserve for the jobs they do. Thank you to all the nurses out there everywhere for everything you do for your patients, but especially the ones we have had at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.
I have a few birthdays I wanted to mention that I saw posted on Facebook this past week. My cousin Jack Randall Adams’s oldest boy, William Adams, celebrated his birthday on the 5th. He was such a cute little baby my sister Lucille named her baby doll after him. I thought his little brother Merril Edward was the cutest and that’s what I named my baby doll. He now lives in Greenwood, South Carolina. He has taken up a hobby of making knives and they are absolutely beautiful. I think he has a page on Facebook where they are pictured.
Another birthday I saw that was celebrated last week was Larry Don Taylor’s. His mom and dad, Coy and Velma Taylor, owned and ran a little grocery store on Colson that sat beside the entrance to the Polly opening of the Southeast Coal Company on Colson. Larry Don was also a teacher at Martha Jane Potter Elementary when I started working there. He and his wife Linda now live in Somerset.
I wanted to share a post on Facebook by Frieda Buttrey Ratliff. She posted: “Kingscreek Community Church is having a three night revival beginning this coming Thursday, May 9 with Bro. Eddie Street singing and preaching . . . would love to have each one of you in service with us. Services begin at 7 p.m.”
Then this wonderful news was shared by Laney Webb’s mother, Michelle, on May 3. “WE HAVE A MATCH!
“As of today we will be coming home for a few days. Tuesday we will be coming back to Lexington for a bone marrow biopsy. If this comes back 0% leukemia cells we will be going to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital on Monday, May 13. We may be going to just see what all will be happening or they could keep us, we don’t know for sure at this time. If her bone marrow biopsy still shows leukemia cells we will come back to Kentucky children’s hospital for more chemo. Everyone please pray that this bone marrow biopsy on Tuesday shows no leukemia cells, we need 0%. We still are going to be limited on visitors, we have to be careful and not let her get sick . She doesn’t have an immune system to fight it off. Thank you so much for all the prayers, please keep praying.”
While we were in North Carolina they held funeral services for one of Mom’s close neighbors. Thermon Begley passed away Thursday at the Whitesburg ARH. Please keep his wife Linda Quillen Begley and his four children in your prayers. He also has eight sisters and two brothers that will need our prayers.
Also continue to pray for all those in the nursing home, especially my Aunt Linda Hall and one of our special senior citizens, Estel Taylor. Please remember Elaine Smith and another one of Mom’s neighbors, Imogene Sexton and her family.
Closing again with Oma’s request, try to be in church Sunday. If your church has services throughout the week or on Sunday evening you should be there then, too.