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What's going on in your family? Are there new grandchildren? Did someone make the honor roll? Did someone pass an important test? Has there been a wedding? Do you have a picture you could attach and share?
From Tracy Baisden:
Libby Jo, my sister, who is part of the morning show DJ team for Electric 102 radio in Charleston, co-wrote a song called "Turkey Time" several years ago. The song is about thanksgiving, and spoofs "Tricky". This year the song got very popular, and the station decided to make a video featuring the song. Eventually a Charleston production company stepped up and volunteered to do a professional edit and taping -- the finished product is linked here. I hope you enjoy!
From Angel Johnson McCoy:
My husband Bruce and I just moved into our first home and we are so excited. I spent my entire break moving, cleaning, and decorating. We feel so blessed. It is neat how things turned out; we looked for three years and became very frustrated, but the Lord obviously had it planned right.
On another note, our neice Emma has started kindergarten and also gymnastics. She is so smart and such a good reader already. She went to the grocery store with me this past week and really surprised me. She asked if she could hold my list and mark things off. She found almost every word on her own! I was so proud.
I know I already bragged once, but I just received some great news today from one of my students. Tiffany Turkale who is a senior here at Man High, had one of her poems published in "Brilliance - 2008 Poetry Collection" published by The American Library of Poetry. Her poem is titled "Daddy" and is on p. 184. I gave all of my students the information for the contest last year. She was so excited to be chosen and brought the book today to show me. She is a very quiet and shy student, but is secretly proud of her writing skills. This was a great recognition for her and I am so proud! (May I also add that this girl has not missed one day of school since kindergarten....)
From Peggie B. Hensley:
Our family got an early start on the holidays by converging in Martinsburg, WV at my oldest son Josh's home. The occasion was a WHO concert in Washington, DC, on November 3, his birthday, but Adron and I used the time to visit our grandchildren without our grown children around. To paraphrase Derrick, "Daddy says no, but Gramie and Papaw say yes!" Family continues to be the brightest blessing in my world.
In the photo at the left, Georgia and Hannah bond over kittens they discovered in the shrubbery outside Georgia's front door. One full day of 'little-girl-mothering' was all the real mother could stand. She moved her babies to an undisclosed location and broke our little girls' hearts!
The photo at the right shows our youngest son, Derrick, and his lady, Nikki. It represents the major growth my company, pbh Art, Inc. has experienced this year. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gifts!
From Theresa Dingess
I am still beaming about my daughter Allison. She graduated from WVU Law School this past May and passed the bar exam on her first attempt. My husband and I attended her swearing-in ceremonies last month in Charleston. She was sworn in and accepted into the West Virginia State Bar in front of the WV Supreme Court Justices that morning and in the WV Federal Court later in the afternoon. Our daughter has been such a blessing to us, and we are so proud of her.
1 Thessalonians 3:13 NIV
May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
From Melissa Moore
I just love these kinds of posts. I spent my first summer in WP pregnant-VERY pregnant. Now four years later, I have an amazing little girl who has been faithfully praying for a baby sister or brother. Praise the Lord, I am now seven weeks pregnant! I should mention that she is now praying for twins! I'm getting a little nervous, but I only saw one baby bean on the ultrasound yesterday. Anyway, hold your faith close and be patient for things to happen in the Lord's time.
From Marsha (Walsh) Jarrell
Well, here's my brag. Shawn and I are now homeowners! We closed on our house over Thanksgiving break and will be able to move in over Christmas break. The house is located in Danville and has a lot of space! We feel so relieved and blessed to have found such a wonderful home without much searching. Since we now have a house, hopefully a baby will be next.
From Tina Goodman
Thought I'd take a moment to respond. The kids are great. Devon's football season is over, Man Middle made it to the conference championship and came home runner-up. He is now hitting the weights for next season and devoting his time to the robotics club. Dylan's football season personally went extremely well, team wise, not so. But he has moved on to the next ball and is now practicing with his new teammates and liking basketball. Danabug, our one-game-wonder, has finally found a sport she may actually stick with for the whole season. She is the only 6 yr old on the girls 6-8 team, but I believe she just may have the most spunk. My classes are "special", 7th and 8th graders are like that, but that's why we love them. All is well and good and here's wishing Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & much more to all.
From Sonya Ashby
From Mary Hawkins
I guess it is my turn to brag. I have two wonderful sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and three adorable grandchildren. They are the light when darkness tries to surround me.
My youngest son, Carl and Family, just bought a new house and have moved to Hidden Valley. He has worked so hard to make a home for his family. He started out making $5.00/hour digging ditches or anything else to help support his new wife and son.
My oldest son, Jamie and Family, also have made a wonderful home for his family. He too worked hard to accomplish his goals.
But, there are still others that I must brag on. They are my Christian family. So many of you have prayed prayers and sent cards to us. You have held my hand and allowed me to cry on your shoulders when my biological sisters couldn't be with me. I love you all in ways and to an extreme thaat you will never realize.
I have to stop now and give thanks to God. This last year has been the greatest trial that I have ever faced. There were days whenI couldn't take it one day at a time. It was one minute-one second at a time. God was always right beside me and Hawk and He gave us strength to take cancer on and endeavor to win. God has been so good to us. We have lived Psalms 24 many times over as we have made this dreadful journey. God has been there for us. Many times I had to leave Hawk's hospital room to hide long enough to dry my tears because I didn't want him to know how I was hurting for him.
I am so thankful to God for giving me my Christian friends. Thanks all of you. I brag on you too. You have been the greatest. I sometimes wonder why God chose me to have all of these blessings-my friends, my Christian family, my biological family.
From Dolores Conley
My brag is about my grandson Joseph. He was invited to attend school in London and Paris this summer. Due to the terrorism at work I don't know if he will get to go. But he was also invited for a summer class at Johns Hopkins University for two weeks. I believe he will go to that. Joseph is only in the ninth grade this year. He will receive college credit for the two week class. I am hoping he goes.
Another From Tracy Baisden:
To brag on the blessings of my life -- my brother in law just called, to say he had received a fax from the WV School of Osteopathic medicine that he has been accepted. he will start there in August!
From Nancy Terlizzi
I am thankful for three adult children who are model citizens. They are patriots who love their country. Responsible, hard-working, respectful adults, they honor and appreciate their parents and are teaching their children to do the same. All three and two spouses live hundreds of miles from us. I pray for their safety and their futures.
Our four grandchildren are the delights of our world. They are fun, energetic, sweet and loving--not to mention brilliant!
My little daddy is now 86 and thriving. Each day is a gift. He's a delightful, quick-witted, fun guy who taught me the love of the story.
How blessed I am to have a faithful husband for 39 years Dec. 23! He's the biggest kid on the block--so young at heart--despite the salt and pepper hair!
I don't deserve these blessings--they are a shower of God's love and grace.
My teacher/writer friends are precious also. We are truly kindred spirits (as Anne of Green Gables would say).
Bless each of you this season, and may God show Himself mighty in your lives.
From Carrie and Jason Browning
Well, I guess it is our turn. Jason and I would like to share our big news. We found out that we are pregnant. We are about 8 weeks along. The baby will be due somewhere around July 24th. We are very excited and wanted to share our wonderful news.
From Rebecca McDonald Johnson
Congratulations to the Browning family!!! I hope your little ones to come will bring you as much joy as my three have brought to Randle and me. It is our turn to brag.
The Johnson family has a lot to give thanks and praise for this year. Starting with our oldest, Lydia is playing basketball for the CMS JV girls' ball team. She really enjoys it and wants to continue to play next year. She plays piano in church every Sunday and was honored by the BOE as being a Distinguished Student on the WESTEST. She scored distinguished on three out of four categories. She loves the Lord and tries to show his love to all around her. We are very proud of Lydia and her accomplishments.
Daniel, our second, is having a great year. He is in the fourth grade and is on the Math Field Day team at East Chapmanville Elementary. Daniel is working on his second sermon. He plans to preach it on Easter during the evening service. All of you are invited to attend. I will send out a formal invitation at a later date. I plan to do more bragging on my family throughout the coming year.
Candy Rae, our last, is having a great year. She is having a great year in second grade and found out that it was a good thing to have a "-0" (minus zero) on a school paper. She played an angel in the church play this year. Her part called for the angel to sing and dance. Yes, she did it well.
My husband, Randle, has decided to go back to school and finish his bible degree. He has an "A" average in his classes with Summit Theological Seminary. I am proud. I thank God for blessing me with such a wonderful family.