By Rachel Harper
The weather forecasts call for rain right on through this week; it is really unreal, isn’t it?! It is a real job keeping up with lawn mowing and all the weeding. I can remember some summers when it seemed like I didn’t even have to mow grass but maybe one time the whole summer; that is how dry it was. What a difference!
Even with all the rain showers this past weekend, the outdoor wedding of Matt Hensley, son of Sally and John Hensley and Hannah Crook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Crook, Jr. of Lincolnton was able to happen without one drop of rain falling on Friday or Saturday during the decorating, rehearsal supper, and the wedding ceremony on Saturday evening. It was indeed picture perfect! During the wedding there was some cloud cover, the temperature dropped a good many degrees, and there was even a light breeze blowing. They were married at Collingswood, a Methodist Church Retreat facility, on Fraction Bottoms Road in the Swords community. Guests and the wedding party entered through an entryway fashioned on either side by a wooden set of antique doors and haybales. Matt and Hannah exchanged their own handwritten vows atop a grassy knoll against a backdrop of two wooden antique gates from Europe flanked on either side by two huge urns which were filled with beautiful arrangements of sunflowers, zinnias and other colorful summer flowers sitting atop two antique wooden barrels with a grouping of oak trees behind. Hannah and her attendants carried fresh bouquets of sunflowers. Chad Roling was his brother’s best man. Christopher Morgan, son of Ryan and Rebecca Morgan was the ringbearer and Colton Morgan and Hayden Roling, Matt’s nephews, walked in behind Hannah carrying her train. After the couple exchanged their vows, Rev. Richard Sims of Douglas, pronounced them man and wife.
After the ceremony, guests were invited down to the dining hall and pavilion there on the property where they enjoyed an abundant array of delicious food prepared by the family and friends. Everywhere was beautifully decorated with haybales, old-timey milk cans, and old window frames with pictures of Matt and Hannah through their courtship, and bouquets of sunflowers scattered throughout the pavilion. They even wanted Bruce to bring his tricycle and wagon for display which made for a wonderful backdrop for pictures. After much eating, visiting, and congratulating the couple left amid a walkway lined with guests on either side holding sparklers to send them off into the sunset. We all wish this couple much happiness and blessings in their married life. They will live in Macon where Hannah will soon begin law school at Mercer and Matt will continue working for the Walton County Sheriff’s Department.
On Friday night Sally and John Hensley entertained guests to a wonderful low country boil and picnic supper in the dining hall at Collinswood following the rehearsal of the wedding.
We all send Bobby Brewer our get-well thoughts and prayers as he is recuperating following his gall bladder surgery this past week. We also are continuing to pray for Dean Strange as he had a procedure done this past week and he is recuperating from that at St. Jospeh’s Hospital in Atlanta. He is hoping to return home this week. Elaine Dockery moved this past weekend to an assisted living home near Braselton. We all wish her the best also in her new surroundings. Mrs. Nell Porter is also a patient up here at Morgan Memorial at the present time. We hope and pray she has a swift recovery. We are glad to report that Nancy Bruce has returned to her home after being a patient at the transitional unit here recovering from a broken leg. Of course, we all still continue to pray for the Nash girls who were injured the other week. Reagan was discharged and is staying with her parents at the Ronald McDonald House near the Children’s Healthcare Hospital in Atlanta. Allie is still a patient in the hospital and is making slow but steady progress each day, but has still got a long way to go.
The Nashs also operate an organic certified vegetable farm on their property on Seven Islands Road, which is all beginning to come in. Terry Richardson, Sara’s brother-in-law, is helping to supervise all of the gathering of the produce as they are supplying several vendors. As you can imagine, they have more than “a plate full” in their laps right now.
Sally Stephens, Debbie Lamb, Ashley Hawk, Kathy Moorhead and Sara Shepherd surprised their friend, Mary Pickles of Buckhead with a “grandmother’s shower” and luncheon on Tuesday at the Town 220 Restaurant. Mary will soon become a doting grandmother as her son, Tripp, and his wife, Amanda are expecting a little one. Mary will be keeping the baby a good deal of the time, so her friends wanted to help her get her home equipped for a new baby. By all reports she was absolutely surprised! Around 20 friends and family were present for the joyous occasion. What a nice gesture!
Julia Gay Sabbidino of Greenville, S.C. came this weekend to visit, but continues to be here this week as her mother, Nell Porter, was admitted to the hospital.
Dr. Glenn Brewer of Deland, Fla. was up this past weekend to visit with his mother, Frances Brewer, at The Lake Oconee House.
Josh Stephens enjoyed a weekend at home with his folks, Sally, Tony, and Alicia Stephens.
Mary and Frank Eaton along with Sandy, Martha, Matthew and Mary Martha Maddox have returned from a wonderful and relaxing two week trip to Aruba. They said the weather was perfect there and they enjoyed every minute of it!
Curtis Eaton came by his parents this past Thursday afternoon where he was returning from a Georgia Power meeting in Macon and to wish his mother a happy birthday! On Saturday, Franklin, Stacy, Sabrina, and Sophia spent the day with Mary and Frank where they celebrated her birthday again! Happy birthday, Mary!
Karalynn Clifton participated this past weekend in the 14 and under Long Course State Meet in Savannah. She swam in several events and beat her best times in seven out of 10 events. She had some great showings! She had wrote on her back “I Swim for Allie” as Allie Nash is on the Morgan County Marlins Swim Team. The rest of the Marlins were in another state meet in Tifton this past weekend and they dedicated that meet for Allie as well. They all miss her not being able to participate, but with the Lord’s will and help she will be back in action soon!
John Richard and Emelyn Wilson with most of their children and grandchildren have returned from a wonderful family vacation to Daytona Beach. Jack and Max Leo of Grayson are visiting their grandparents, Tommy and Raynor Cathey, this week. Michelle Cathey of Roswell is also down making a visit with her parents and nephews.
Peggy and Frank Armour have also returned from a trip to Arizona and the surrounding area where they attended a family reunion of Peggy’s family and also to buy a house. They have sold their home here on Bethany Road and will soon be moving to Arizona where they will be close to Peggy’s siblings. We hate to lose them but wish them the best in this next chapter of their lives.
Bunnie and Jim Schmitt, Irene Paul, Janice and Chuck Phillipi, along with Jason, Rebekah, and Grayson Kilpatrick all enjoyed Sunday lunch together at the home of Sarah Nell and Steve Craig.
Will Porter, Jay Moon and two other Morgan County 4-H’ers left Tuesday, July 23, for State Congress. If you won at the District Project Achievements in February, you move on to State Congress to compete against three other 4-H’ers from the other districts to be the state winner and Master Status. Will Porter will be presenting his project on Sandtown Place, which is the home of his grandparents, Bill and Sue Hodges. We wish him and all of these the best of luck! The Morgan County Dairy Judging team will receive their award for being first in the state and also become Master 4-H’ers. Ben Porter is showing five sheep and three goats this show season. He participated in the Summer Sizzlin’ Showdown in Comer on Saturday. There were 242 goats in this show. Ben won Reserve Champion wether and he went on to win fourth high overall of the entire show. It was indeed a great day in the barn! Congratualtions, Ben!
Bob Moorhead is enjoying a beach vacation with his stepson, Richard Smith, along with his children and grandchildren this week.
Jack and Karen Lindsey enjoyed having their son, Matt Lindsey, home for a few days from his Army base in Fort Lewis, Wash. recently. Claudia Giddens from Haines City, Fla., along with her grandchildren, Kristen, Hannah, and MJ, have been visiting Dale and Howard Thompson.
Claudia and the children are planning on going on up to the fair in Hiwassee this week to take in the sights and sounds in the mountains as they travel in their RV.