You know what’s the most amazing thing in the world? What makes me rich beyond my dreams? It’s sitting here on my porch, in my rocker, watching the babies run and play. I’m serious — if you’re down, discouraged and want to put everything in a basket and sink it in the river, just find some babies and sit back and watch them. I guarantee you’ll find a smile on your face, a song in your heart and that load of blah on your shoulders gone. It doesn’t even have to be your babies.

I’m so lucky that I have a yard full quite often and I have extra rockers and space on the porch to share. If you need it, come on over for some therapy.

On June 10 Brian Slaughter got home before Amy. He went in to change clothes and heard a noise in the kitchen, and when he went to look he noticed groceries in the floor. He bent over to pick them up and put everything back on the shelf and found himself looking right in the eyes of a five-foot snake.

I thank God he had already removed his gun because that’s the first thing he reached for; Amy wouldn’t have a house left if he’d had it. He ran outside screaming, and when all the neighbors on Gum Street gathered to see about him, he was standing there with the gun he’d gotten out of the truck and was ready to shoot down the house, my trailer and several of the neighbors’ houses. A hoe took the snake out, but we looked around and Brian was carrying his clothes out to the camper just in case. It took Amy a while to coax him back into the house.

I want to give a big thanks to the young lady who found a camera at the park and brought it to Brian. It belonged to the man from the state Parks and Recreation Department who came down to see what we needed to do to our park to make it better. I took it to Fountain Hill Clerk Linda Riley so she could contact him.

Tommy and Starr Boles came by this week on their way to revival services at Fellowship Church in Snyder. They asked me to load up and go, but I had been working in the yard all day with Amy Slaughter and Chanelle Sledd and I was sweaty, nasty and tired. But it made me feel good. I’ve missed my visits with these two.

Friday I finally made it to Flat Creek Cemetery to pick up the flags. Chanelle and I put out flowers on several of the graves. I got all the flags bundled and had to repair several but now they are all stored in the shed and ready for next year.

Jim and Norma Bailey have had company this week. Jim’s daughter, Amy Quinn, and her family have been here from Las Vegas.

June anniversary wishes go to Denise and Jim Hudson, Tina and Rocky Savage, Diana and Ronald Crouch, Allison and J.W. Dobbins, Kay and Louis Wood, Joyce and Dewayne Collier, and Norma and Micky Amos. Our prayers are that you share many more together.

June birthday wishes go to Hanna Dobbins, Shamarie Page, Bryan Bolin, Denise Hudson, Joyce Berry, Willie Earl Wilson, Hardy Sawyer, Jeannette Carter, Jim Hudson, Brianne Johnston, Mason Savage, Billy Glen Sawyer, Cooper Turner, Kimberly Lawson, Kristian Graves, Jim Lawson, Cynthia Ann Hollis, Tammy Carter, Brian Wilson, Kenzie Ellenson, Hunter Pamplin, Starr Boles, Katrinia Burnside and Larry Stanley. What a list of friends.

Joyce Berry celebrated her 80th birthday with a big party Saturday June 15 at her home surrounded by friends and family.

Fountain Hill Methodist Church will host a pot-luck Saturday June 22.

Zion Methodist Church has two members leaving them. Johnnie Guthrie is in rehab in Bastrop and will soon be leaving to go live near his son Clay in north Arkansas. Audrey Hancock left Friday for Utah to be close to her daughter and family. She will be in an assisted living there. Those two will be missed every Sunday, so please keep them, their families and Zion church family in your prayers.

First Baptist Church kicked off Vacation Bible School this week with the theme “Hee Haw.” Amy Slaughter and Mandy Jeffers worked all day Saturday decorating and getting it ready for the kids.

Eden Baptist had 43 or so friends to hear LuAnn Knight play the piano as DeeDee Ellis led us in song. Bro. J.W. Dobbins brought the message on I John 2:13-27 “Once Saved always Saved: True or False?” Children’s church camp has been cancelled for  this year. VBS is 5:30 p.m. June 21 and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 22. Church wide clean up will be June 29. The fifth Sunday breakfast will be at 9 a.m. Come join us; it’s good.

Our community is saddened by the death of Gwin Chadwick. The angels rejoiced when she gained her wings. Please keep the friends and family in your prayers.

Pray for our count as well as those affected by GP layoff. Also remember Stephanie Burgess, Ruby Burgess, Clellis Stanley, Melba Wilkerson, Gladys Gulledge, William Rauls, Cassie Maxwell, James Donald Henslee and all the VBS workers and children.

To trust God, we have to step out  in Faith. The adage “ Let go and let God” sounds simple. It isn’t, but it works. Try this: challenge yourself to trust God with one detail in your life each day. Build that trust pattern and watch him work. He won’t let you down. He holds you securely in his hand. He is your hope for the future.

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