Whitesburg KY

Whitakers mark 40th anniversary

Hello, everyone. I hope this finds each of you doing well. Michael, the boys and I are doing great. We’ve just been busy, busy, busy with all the holidays. I know I haven’t written in ages, so I’d like to say I hope each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and remembered to be thankful for all the little things we are blessed with in this life.

With Christmas coming up here in a few days the kids are super excited about Santa, but we try very hard to also teach them “the magic of Christmas is not in the presents, but in His presence” and He is the real reason for this wonderful holiday season.

I had a note inside one of mom’s Christmas cards from my Great-Aunt Glory saying that she missed me writing in the paper. I’m sorry, Glory. I’ll try to do better. I hope you are doing well.

Friday night, I went to Blair Branch Old Regular Baptist Church’s Christmas singing and really enjoyed myself. There was a wonderful message, beautiful singing, and I got to spend some time with Mom and Dad. I was glad to run into my high school friend James Smith and to meet his sweet wife as I hadn’t seen him in several years. Blair Branch

Saturday night, Michael, the kids, and I went to Butterfly Church of the Living God in Busy to be with Michael’s parents during their church’s Christmas singing. That was all his mom, Judy, wanted from us for Christmas and of course we obliged. The singing was wonderful and the kids enjoyed getting to sing a few songs as well.

I’ve really had my late grandma, Lucy Halcomb- Blair, on my mind as Christmas approaches. She always loved Christmas decorations and all the lights. Her tree was always the most beautiful tree around. It is just hard to go through the holiday without her. I saw a little poem online that was written in 1932 by Mary Elizabeth Frye and I’ve been reading it daily. It helps me deal with my grief, so I thought I’d share it in hopes it will help someone else out there who may be suffering with loss this holiday season.

“Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush; I am the swift uplifting rush, Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die.”

The words just fill me with warmth.

Mom, Sylvania Whitaker, is doing okay right now. She still feels very drained after dialysis and is hoping for a kidney, but otherwise right now her health is good. Dad, Allen Whitaker, has been doing well too. He has problems with his back and isn’t able to walk for long periods of time, but he is good and is just as stubborn as ever. He cut both of his hands and broke a finger a few weeks back, but wouldn’t go to the doctor. Thankfully he is healing up nicely with no complications from being a diabetic.

My Aunt Edna Helton from Indianapolis, Ind., was admitted to ICU recently due to respiratory distress, but is now home and doing better. We were really worried about her.

Roger Whitaker is also feeling a little better. His wife, Debbie, said he had been up moving around some, walking back and forth through the house. I am so glad to hear this. We love him so much!

Cody Adams, son of Randy and Liz Adams, and Stephanie Shell, welcomed their son, Carter Layne, in November. He had some problems breathing and was sent to UK, but is home now and doing well. Congratulations to them on their new bundle of joy!

Jocelyn and Dennis Watts are expecting a pretty pink bundle in May. I think they are going to name her Malarie which is Laramie (Jocelyn’s dad’s name) mixed up. Isn’t that adorable?

Bill and Evelyn Fleming’s granddaughter, Megan, is also expecting. Her bundle is to be a boy and should be bless the world with his presence in April.

Junie and Shequeenia Whitaker recently found out that their little bun in the oven is going to be a boy as well. If I am not mistaken, she is about 5 months along. I am so excited for them. I just love babies!

Roger and Debbie Whitaker celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 17. I hope your day was filled with tremendous love and that you have many more!

Jessica Watts- Combs celebrated her birthday on Dec. 3; Dwana Whitaker and Hayden Jent, Dec. 4; my wonderful husband Michael, Dec. 10; Lena Whitaker, Dec. 14; Shannon Hensley, Dec. 16; Florence ‘Kitty’ Emmons, Dec. 18. Pippi Grom will celebrate her birthday on Dec. 21; Jordan Whitaker, Dec. 22; Gloria Price and Edna Helton, Dec. 23.

Happy birthday to you all!

If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will be glad you get you next time. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, feel free to give me a call, or you may email me at alanacouch@hotmail.com.

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