Hello from Baldwin,
How is everyone’s week going? I hope that everyone is having a great one.
After the rain on Sunday, the weather has been beautiful. A little nip in the air in the early morning, but by afternoon it is beautiful.
The leaves on the trees are turning their vibrant colors of red, orange, yellow and brown and some are beginning to fall to the ground. I just love this time of year.
Happy birthday wishes go out next week to Justin Beck and Kendal Davis, Sunday; Beverly Applegate, Monday; Billy Kelley, Tuesday; Brandon Howard, Wednesday; John Portwood and Jessica Morris, Friday. I hope that you all have very happy birthdays and many more happy ones to come.
Happy anniversary wishes go out next week to Ronald and Amy Burrus, Sunday. I hope that you have a wonderful anniversary and many more to come.
The Baldwin 4-H Club will meet tonight 6:30 in the fellowship hall of Bethel Christian Church. Bring refreshments and join us. Hope to see you there.
On Sunday after church, I attended the Jones Family reunion. It was the descendents of Johnson Dudley Jones and Hattie Lou Burrus Jones.
It was held in the Bethel Christian Church fellowship hall, and 39 family members were there. We all enjoyed a wonderful potluck meal, visiting, sharing memories, making new memories and taking a lot of pictures.
The oldest family member there was our uncle, Jake W. Cobb, 95, and the youngest was my great nephew, Sawyer Jeremiah Jones, 7 months. Sawyer is the son of my nephew, Kendall, and his wife, Tiffany Jones, and the grandson of Wesley and Debbie Jones.
Can’t wait to get my pictures developed and see some of the other family members pictures. To my family, mark you calendar. We will meet again next year on the first Sunday of October.
This Saturday is the last time this year that Isbell-Smith Farm Fresh Produce will be at the Madison County Farmers Market in Lowe’s Parking Lot. We will only be there to deliver special orders, from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
If there is some kind of bread you would like to order, or pies, jams, jellies or honey, call me at 623-4579 or 624-9573 as early as you can today. But remember that you can always call for jams, jellies, honey pies and breads throughout the winter as long as we have some notice and can come and get it.
We would like to thank all of the loyal customers we have had through the year. Isbell-Smith Farm Fresh Produce puts a lot of hard work into their products. We were always taught to do our best, and we do it for our wonderful customers. Thanks again for your business. But most of all, thanks for your friendship.
Although it will be Isbell-Smith’s last day at the farmers market, that doesn’t mean other vendors won’t be there.
If you don’t have a home church you attend and you are looking for a church, I would like to invite you to attend Bethel Christian Church here in the Baldwin community. Sunday school starts at 10 a.m. and morning worship starts at 11 a.m. Michael Damron, minister of the church, along with the congregation would love to have you worship with them.
The Madison County Farmers market will be on EKU Campus, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday for the last time this season. Be sure and drop by and see them up there. They will set up in front of the Keen Johnson Building on University Drive.
Well, I guess that is all for now. If you hear any news, just give me a call at 623- 4579 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next week, may the Lord bless you and keep you.
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