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Hello to all from this little corner of the world. The temperature Sunday was 40 degrees, and the skies were cloudy. It drizzled rain Sunday morning, and the birds were hungry. It was a damp cold. We have seen our small red backed wrens return and also some blue jays. I actually saw a flock of blue jays this morning. Very unusual but pretty. The weather forecast ahead at the time of this writing calls for temperatures to be mostly in the 60s and rain most days. I wonder what the next week will bring. People are beginning to shop, and the traffic can be unnerving in north Jackson. I called all the stores in town looking for the spray snow, and none had any. We will finish decorating this week. We are thankful and blessed to have celebrated 49 years of marriage on Dec. 6.
Remember the true reason for this season. The birth of our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ. This time of year is usually a happy one, but it is not that for everyone. There is a lot of sickness and loss of loved ones. There are those with financial problems, relationship issues and various other things. Please remember them as you are able to enjoy this time of year. Do not put a lot of pressure on yourself to go above and beyond. You will become frazzled and unable to enjoy the season. If things seem to be piling up on you, take a deep breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. Do this a few times and try and relax. It will all be over before you know it. If possible, do not go into debt for a gift. Most people get all year anyway, and it will only create another trouble after the holidays. Those bills will come. Just try and be happy and thankful for all the blessings we have seen and unseen. They are there. We are still here and having family and health is wonderful. There can not be a price on it. I wish you all a safe and enjoyable week. God bless.
Condolences go to all who have lost loved ones. Our prayers are with you,
Happy birthday to Damon Newman, Dec. 6.
Happy anniversary to James and Vickie Ellis, Dec. 6.
Please continue to remember these in prayer: Randy Baker, Dana Berry, Shelia Berry, Joe Bingham, Marie Bishop, Robert and Joyce Brewer, Jackie Chambers, Pat Connor, Martha Mainord, Adisyn Matthews, LaVelle Page, Pam Priddy, Jesse Pugh, Ann Pusser, Logan Rencher, Todd Rencher, Jake Richardson, Donald Rowlett, Dwain Seaton, Jr., Alice and Buddy Stovall, David Tucker, Tony Tucker, Adam Wise and the family of Paulette Sells. Also, pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and first responders.
“Christmas Giving” by Iris W. Bray – “Christmas is for giving/And for showing that we care/For honoring the Christ Child/With the loving gifts we share/The wise men gave of riches/The shepherds, faith and love/Each gift, in its own measure/Was smiled on from above/Let every gift be treasured/Not always size or price/Determines the extent of love/And willing sacrifice/Handsome gifts with festive trim/Brings smiles of sweet content/But modest gifts of humble means/Are ofttimes heaven sent/Whether it be large or small/Each gift will share in part/The message of true Christmas joy/If given from the heart!
I pray you all have a wonderful week and may it be filled with love, joy, peace and blessings. Remember: if you have news, please email me at I would truly appreciate any news. People from here and those who have moved from our area but still want to keep in touch through the newspaper are hungry for news from home.
Until next week, Happy Trails to You.

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