We are having to pay the Piper

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Well, we are indeed having to pay for that beautiful weather we had, but we skated by last night with no frost damage; I hope and pray we can tonight.  It only got in the low 40’s last night, but I think they are forecasting 30’s tonight.  We even built a fire on Sunday night and Monday morning; it was very chilly and it sure did feel good.

I know I am a week late talking about St. Patrick’s Day, but a friend of mine gave me a writing about who St. Patrick really was that is very interesting.  If I had heard it, I had forgot it.  He was a devoted Christian preacher.  This was from a devotional book written by Dr. David Jeremiah, a wonderful preacher on TV. St. Patrick’s Day is really a Christian holiday that has gotten very commercialized.  “Patrick was born in what is now called Scotland.  He was kidnapped by pirates as a lad and enslaved in Ireland, but after a dramatic escape, he returned home to Ireland as an evangelist.  During his ministry he planted about 200 churches and baptized 100,000 converts.  Patrick once said this about the Lord Jesus, “Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I rise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouths of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.”  What he said covers every aspect of our lives.  May we all remember it.

We have two senior students in our community who will soon graduate in May and have had the great fortune to receive wonderful scholarships to college.  It took a lot of work on their part to be eligible to receive them, though, I might add!  I can’t believe how expensive college is these days!  McCayla Cook, daughter of Patrick and Deann Cook and the granddaughter of Raymond and Joan Gilbert, has received a Presidential scholarship and also a music scholarship to Mercer University in Macon for all of her 4 years of college.  That is absolutely wonderful and a big honor for McCayla!  McCayla is a very talented musician and singer.  McCayla, we all congratulate you and wish you all the best and God’s blessings in your life.   McCayla will also be one of the musicans performing in a program, “Concert of Show Hope” that will be at Perk Avenue here in Madison on Friday, April 8th at 7:00.  Show Hope is a non-profit agency that is dedicated to helping orphans and aiding in adoption around the world.  All proceeds will go to Show Hope.

Ben Porter is another student who will graduate from Gatewood Academy in Eatonton in May.  Ben has been awarded a livestock judging scholarship to Conners State College in Oklahoma.  Ben has worked hard through his school years by taking care of his show animals and earning top prizes in shows all over the state and the country as well.  Ben is well respected as one who really knows what he is doing when it comes to getting his animals show ready and performing in the arena.  All of us offer Ben our congratulations and God’s richest blessings upon him as he will soon enter another phase of his education.  Well done!      We all offer our congratulations to Katelyn Messer and Dustin Mines as they “tied the knot” this past Saturday.  Katelyn is the daughter of Johnny Ray and Penny Messer of the Bethany community and the granddaughter of Mrs. Evelyn Bone and the late Jimmy Bone, also of the Bethany community.  Katelyn and Dustin were married down at Rock Eagle in a beautiful ceremony.  Dusty just graduated the day before from the Police Academy, so we offer our congratulations to him also.  After their honeymoon, they will live down close to the Blue Springs Marina.  Congratulations and God’s richest blessings to the newlyweds!

Our grandchildren, Maggie Harper, Karalynn Clifton, and Raegan Wilkins all had a big weekend competing in their respective sports this past weekend.  Maggie and Karalynn participated in a swim meet down at Augusta.  Maggie came away with her first 1st place and garnered a couple of 2nd places also.  Karalynn also had very good placings in her swim events.  Raegan participated in a state meet up at Kennesaw on Sunday.  She placed 1st in the state with her floor exercise and 2nd on beam for Level 9.  So she qualified for Southeast Regionals that will be held in 2 weeks.  Congratulations and good work, girls!

The Fairview Club decided to hold their March meeting at the newly-opened Farmview Market on last Wednesday.  We all enjoyed looking around and then some of us had a cup of ice cream or a piece of pie or cake to sit and enjoy with each other in the Cafe.  Whoever would have thought we would have such as that in our own Fairview community.  They are in the perfect spot there on Hwy. 441, because there is heavy traffic on that road everyday; especially on UGA football game days!  Hopefully they will be getting spring produce in soon!

Chuck and Janice Philippi kept their grandchildren this past weekend.  Jason and Rebekah Kilpatrick went out of town to Biloxi, Mississippi with Jason’s work; Arrow Exterminators.  Grayson, Kentlee, and Morgan kept Grandma and Granddaddy busy!

Jennifer and J.D. Bonner along with Bill Bonner went to “Grits with Grands” at the First United Methodist Church Preschool this past week.  They went as guests of their granddaughter, Kylie.  Tammy Wilson and John Maddox also went to Grits with Grands as guests of their granddaughter, Emmie Maddox.  Little Braylee Atkinson, daughter of Tori and Eric Atkinson, had a wonderful time celebrating her 6th birthday this past Saturday.  She celebrated with a princess storybook party at Southern Belles and Beau’s in Watkinsville.  All of the little girls had a wonderful time dressing up!  Happy Birthday, Braylee!

Dan and Sally Porter enjoyed having all of their children and grandchildren home with them this past weekend.  The Jim Porter’s from Russellville, Tenn. along with the Richard Carver’s from Perry, Ga, and of course Scott Porter and Holly with their children all enjoyed the pretty weekend.  On Saturday more relatives came in for a low country boil to celebrate granddaughter, Katie Porter’s birthday.  Mrs. Mary Ainslie, Mary Jo and Ron Prescott, Janice and Chuck Philippi with their grandchildren, Sally’s sister, Beth with her daughter, Amy and her children, Jack and Josie came to see everyone and enjoy the delicious food!   On Sunday, Dan and Sally with their crew traveled over to Juliette, Georgia to have Sunday lunch at The Whistle Stop Cafe, the setting for the movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes.”  Martha Wood and her daughter, Annie, enjoyed a fun road trip this past weekend where they traveled up to North Carolina to visit Martha’s sister, Mary Holmes and her family.  They all joined up and continued traveling on to Asheville, NC to go to the Biltmore House.  I imagine they saw some beautiful flowers and pretty scenery!

Connie Shumake has returned from a wonderful trip with her cousins, Frede and Neal Wellons where they covered a lot of ground.  As well as seeing Niagara Falls, they went through Southeast Ohio on the way home where they visited the home-place of Frede’s mother.   This weekend, Connie and Paul’s granddaughter’s participated in their first horse show of the season.  All of them had a great 2 days of showing.  Brynlee won her 1st blue ribbon and Brayden won her first red ribbon.  Congratulations, girls!!  Good job!  They are thankful for a wonderful friend who shares her horses with the girls.

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