Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." I learned that scripture from the late Betty Shotton and how this scripture can bring powerful changes to one's life.
Last Sunday after I returned from church in Kit Carson, I went to visit the Haswell to the United Methodist Church and to meet and hear the new Pastor Spencer Black. Rosemary Stoker was in her usual place at the piano and Frankie Stoker rang the bell, with Mary Shafer serving as greeter. It is a true report that this young man stands at the pulpit and preaches with no notes. Eads and Haswell are blessed to have Rev. Black serving them.
The Louis James families converged in Sante Fe, New Mexico, last weekend for the wedding of their daughter, Jessica, who was married to Ryan Shoemaker. It was a joyous time for their families.
Monday at the Weisbrod Extended Care Unit, some people brought their pets in costume. Stephanie Buck brought her heavy pug dog in a cute pirate blouse with stuffed muscles. He strutted around the room followed by her little three-month-old puppy wearing a neck ring of autumn silk leaves. Allie Hollis brought her little three-year-old son, William Anthony, and eight-month-old Arianna Cecilia who entertained the audience for an hour. Dr. Tim Richardt dressed as a blue Narwhal, a type of whale with a tusk on its forehead represented the Physical Therapy Department.
Jax Cordova eagerly awaited the arrival of his sister, Rylee. Their parents, Riki (Berry) and Cody Cordova, were glad to get their family home in time for "trick or treating."
Good things have been happening at Eads schools the last two weeks such as the book fair, Parent Teacher Conferences and hosting a Middle School Knowledge Bowl. Some attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Sixth graders performed two dramas, "Snow White Lite," and high school Knowledge Bowl at Lamar Community College. Tuesday elementary students and teachers and some parents joined the costume parade to 12 businesses. The Sheriff's department joined the fun of the day in western cowboy dress. They took the students educational gifts at the school. Most offices and businesses were decorated or in costumes too. When I went to Crow's Stop and Shop, I was helped by Jenn Crow and Bev Lyon dressed in orange prisoner jump suits who walked very carefully with heavy chains around their ankles and necks. They even had a sleeve of printed tattoos and a black tooth. The DOC letters stood for Department of Crows....not Corrections. What fun.
Wednesday evening there was a good turnout of movie goers who attended the Fathom Event for the showing on "Revive Us 2." This featured Kirk Cameron, Dr. Ben Carson, Joni Erickson, Ravi Zacharias, and other Christian leaders who spoke encouraging words. When I asked Pastor Lane Gooden about his wife, Deborah, he said she was in Honduras, Central America, helping his aunt and daughters who have been missionaries for many years.
The monthly senior citizen brunch was well worth braving the cold wind. Gail Voss had made biscuits and gravy that was served with breakfast casseroles, fruits, and caramel pecan rolls. Our guest was Luke Vocke, Eads Postmaster, who provided several flyers of postal information and magnetic stamp designs. Luke told us that we can expect a one cent increase to buy stamps in January. Opal Miner's daughter, Susan Torchia, won Luke's prize. We who sat at his table learned many interesting things like his 101-year-old mother-in-law, Margit Parker, brews him coffee each morning before he drives from Lamar to Eads. I think this is his subtle way to check on her well-being. Even though she lives by herself, she does quite well. She is surely a pioneer!
The Eads Chamber of Commerce met last week. They are planning arrangements with the Fire Department for the annual Chili Supper December 5. They will have a photographer for photos with Santa Claus. Winners of their drawing can anticipate a weekly prize of $75.00 in December.
Every Saturday, the Salvation Army store is open for shoppers. The most seasoned volunteer is Esther McCoin. She wishes that more people knew about the great goods for sale there at minimum prices.
Lou Turner, who moved to our town about a year and a half ago, has made two videos showcasing of happenings around Eads and now has a new one especially showing hundreds of students at the Dream Big STEM conference in Eads in April. If you would like to see this, just type "Colorado Dream Big Full Show" into your YouTube search bar to see the show.
More is being done in our nation to honor our veterans. In Kiowa County, we will have an RSVP banquet November 11 for veterans and some family members.
We are glad to have our neighbor, Jerry McDaniel, home from his summer job in the mountains with the park service.
Many hearts were struck with sorrow Friday when the news of the death of our dear friend, Sharon Frazee, filtered through the community. She is particularly remembered as a mother, manager of the Day Light Donut shop and the south restaurant, as well as lately as the director of the Eads Senior Citizen group.