Congratulations to Jude Yonts and the rest of the Sluggers for winning the championship in the Gold Bracket 10U division of the Perfect Game Battle of the Bats. Jude is the son of Josh and Martina Yonts and the grandson of my brother-in-law and sisterin law, Charles and Jenny Lynn Craft Yonts. Jude and the Sluggers went 4-0 and won the gold bracket. Their youngest son Jace played three games Saturday and they placed second at Domtar Park in Kingsport.
Heather and Cameron Combs are requesting everyone remember their daughter, Cambridge, in their prayers. They weren’t able to remove all the tumor on her brain, but after a week after undergoing brain surgery in Cincinnati, she was released Monday and came home. They welcomed her home with a parade. Let’s all just pray and ask God to let it be benign. They will hear back from it in a few days.
Our good friends and fellow church members, Robbie and Denise Baker, still need everyone to be in prayer for them. Their son Caleb Baker has made some improvements, but Monday he was running a fever again and they were suspecting it was from infection in his wound. He had been walking a little with a walker and on the road to recovery. Just keep the whole family in your prayers.
Monday, Mom and I got to sit out on the porch and watch three different types of birds, in various places around her yard, work at feeding their baby birds. There’s a family of swallows nesting for the second year in a row in a gourd her niece, Jennifer Noble Holbrook, bought for her a long time ago. There are also bluebirds nesting in a birdhouse in the yard my brother Albert had made for her a long time ago, and then there’s a family of wrens nesting in a bluebird house that’s mounted to the fence. The gourd with the swallows is hanging right on the edge of the porch and they fly in and out the whole time we are sitting there. Every time one of them will fly right over the tops of our heads and it makes Mommy duck each time. We love watching the swallows dart all around the yard catching bugs and then bringing them to the babies.
Speaking of bugs, I got so tickled at myself today trying to kill a wasper with a fly swatter while we were on the porch. It kept flying around right where we were sitting and the whole time I was swarping at it, I was talking to it. Mommy got tickled at me, but after I killed it I still kept talking to it. You know, like, “Now buddy, you done flew right up here on the wrong porch.” I also like to swarp them a few more times after they are knocked down just to make sure they are good and dead. To see them with body parts separated is the goal. My youngest granddaughter asked her mom once why God invented waspers. Now that’s a good question.
I saw on Facebook where Cowan Community Center is looking for a talented and enthusiastic cook to prepare breakfast and lunch for the youth this summer as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. They would be serving meals from June 3 to July 23. If you know of anyone that would be interested, you can contact them at the community center or get in touch with Valerie Horn.
There’s a very special person who had his eighth birthday on the 23rd of this month. He is a Mountain Eagle fan and his grandmother is one of my good friends that I met at the rec center, Maxine Bates Quillen. She is an avid walker there and I don’t get to see her much at all when school is out, because I don’t have to take the grandkids to school. Afterwards I would go to the rec center and, since Maxine is an early bird, I would see her there. Anyway, she sent me a picture of her grandson, Jaxon Quillen, and said he would be looking for his picture in the paper.
Along with Jaxon, Kathy Runyon, another sister from Letcher Independent Baptist Church, had a birthday on the 23rd. Rhonda Polly, Fuzz Johnson, April Ramirez, Joy Bailey and Sharmayn Boggs Hale had birthdays on the 24th. Joey Webb had a birthday on the 22nd. Bertha Page Dye and Jessica Wooten Hollenbeck will have birthdays on the 26th. Rose Ballard and my sister-in-law Jenny Lynn Craft Yonts will have birthdays on the 27th. Bobby and Helen Sue Hall celebrated their wedding anniversary on the 18th.
Please remember all the people who have lost loved ones, especially my pastor and his wife, Bill and Sandy Jones. Zach Pease’s family is also having a hard time dealing with his death.
It was wonderful walking into church with no mask and our seats not taped off anymore. We actually got to sit right behind our friend Sam Oaks. June 13 our church will go back to having Sunday morning and Sunday evening and Wednesday evening services.
Praise God! Please do your best to be in church.
I hope everyone has a safe Memorial Day weekend.