Happy New Year Everyone! I hope that everyone had a blessed New Year and a safe one. We had a good New Year’s Eve. Sandy and I spent a couple of hours with friends at my best friend Sue Clays home. We went over at 5 p.m. and returned about 8 p.m. Sandy and I played cards and after Sandy won we came home to spend the rest of the evening with my mom. Sandy and mom drank their sparkling grape juice and was acting silly and toasted the new year in about 10:30 p.m. and both went to bed then. So I quietly watched the ball drop by myself and then went to bed.
Today as I am writing this my heart is heavy and sad. I just received news that a very dear friend and fellow Special Olympic Athlete passed away on New Year’s Day about 10:30 p.m. Lori Jackson went to be with the angels and is flying in heaven with her golden wings and I know they are made out of leopard material because she loved the leopard style. She was a very stylish young lady, very outspoken woman. She was bright and full of life and very feisty with her bright red hair. She never let her disability get in the way of her life. She loved having fun and would let you know it too. Every time I would walk into Reynolds house she would greet with me with a smile and a hug. I will miss her very much and I know Clara and the ladies will too. I got the pleasure of going to National Games in New Haven, Conn., with Lori and several others. She was such a hoot to be around. RIP Lori and you will always be remembered by me and Special Olympics. You have definitely earned your Gold Medal to heaven.
Landon spent most of the holidays with me. We had some great Nana and Landon time.
Please keep Lori Jackson’s family and ILS Family and Special Olympics family in your prayers. Also Pray for Edra Mae Glover has she recovers from an accident last week. So glad it was not what they thought at first. Edra you take care of yourself and get better soon. Was glad to hear that Terrie Watkins is feeling better too.
Kenny and Dortha Glover had about 35 family members come for Christmas to spend time with each other. Kenny said they had a good meal and a good visit. Thank you Dortha and Kenny for the pecans too. They were delicious. I know they both worked hard getting them ready. Kenny cracking them and Dortha getting them cleaned and ready. You just can’t beat having good neighbors. I really do have some of the best neighbors. I love my little town of Guy.
I hope that everyone also made it through their first holidays without their loved ones for the first time. I know this was hard and you were in my prayers.
I went back to work after several days off hmmm could get used to that too. Please send news to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 679-3299. Can’t put it in if I don’t know it. Have a great safe week and don’t drink and drive.
I trust all of you readers had a blessed Christmas and are anticipating a good New Year. Every year I hope the next year will be better. As we get older it seems we have more sickness, but thank God we have Him watching over to protect us.
Our son, Danny, took us to view the Christmas lights, last Friday night. It was the first time I had seen our big “Conway Christmas Tree” lit up at night and it is beautiful, and I also love the “Welcome to Conway” arch placed over the street. And the store windows were on display very pretty.
I want to comment on our appreciation to our Faulkner County Judge Mr. Allen Dodson for the beautiful job he had done on our Faulkner County Courthouse. It had not been decorated with lights in years and it looked so good. He also used a beautiful, live tree from his farm brought up and decorated for everyone’s enjoyment, and with money used for that purpose.
As our news and newspapers stated he was a big help with the pipeline spill in Mayflower. Thank you Mr. Dodson.
Betty Applegate had most of her family visit her over the Holiday weekend. These same people had their Special meal at the home of their mother, Sandra Cardin, and grandad, Lewis Jay Cardin.
We always have our family home on New Year’s Day for our big meal at noon of ham, chicken dressing, blackeyed peas and hog jowl, fried potatoes, cabbage, corn, salad, macaroni and cheese (always for the kids), homemade bread, desserts, drinks and homemade ice cream, it never gets too cold for ice cream.
This is a great time for us when everyone can relax and not think about having to drive somewhere else.
We ask you to pray for these people, some have not previously listed in this column. Mr. Nick Maynard, Mrs. Mary Jo Tillery, Ms. Eldene Duram and Freeda Criswell.
May God Bless all of you and your families during this New Year.