New babies have been born with connections to our town: First, congratulations to Ray and Glynna Brown on the birth of their granddaughter Myra Claire Brown. The Browns’ son and daughter-in-law Joshua and Hillary Brown welcomed Little Miss Myra May 7, when she arrived at 12:38 am weighing seven pounds, 13 ounces.
Last month, we shared with you that Josh had accepted a new position as the Director of Choral Activities at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., so he and Hillary would be leaving Hurst. New jobs, new home, new baby, it’s been a busy time for the Brown clan!
The Bailey family also has a new addition. Clay and Heather Falls of Bryan welcomed Kendall Renee May 9. Heather is the daughter of Russell and Cindy Bailey while Clay is one of the reporters you see on KBTX News. The little lady weighed in at six pounds, four ounces.
Speaking of the Bailey family, their matriarch Elizabeth Bailey passed away Sunday. Visitation is Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Day Funeral Home. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church.
How about some birthdays? Happy birthday to Janet Parten, whose birthday is Friday. Then David Coleman blows out his candles May 19. Dennis Ivey, who leads the Midway monthly singing, has his birthday May 20 while Lisa Lentz does the same May 21. Shalyn Lewis and Patricia Hardy wind out the week with their birthdays May 22.
Heidi Ellis is now home following the March 29 car accident in which she was seriously injured and her brother killed. Heidi still has a long road to recovery ahead of her. A benefit fund has been set at the Bank of Madisonville for Heidi. Should you not be able to drop off a donation checks payable to Heidi Ellis Special Account can be mailed to the bank at P.O. Box 637, Madisonville TX 77864.
Also, Mark McBride, the teenager accidently shot last month is now at TIRR in Houston and he too has a long road to recovery ahead of him. To help defray medical expenses, the American Legion Family Austin Reed post 84 will host two dances to benefit Mark.
A Teen Dance with music is by DJ Tracy is planned for May 31 from 8 p.m. to midnight. It’s $7 per person and $10 for couples. Go hungry kids, since hot dogs, Frito pies and drinks will be available! Of course, adult supervision will be onsite at all times.
Then June 1, it’s dancing for adults! Whiskey Bent Band is the music and $5 per person the admission. I’m pretty sure a donation jar will also be available so you might consider bringing along some extra change or a mighty big check, for that matter. All Proceeds go to the McBride Family. Want more info? Contact J.C Davis at 936-348-0979.
Ready for a little exercise? Have you heard the term “ruck” before? Here’s what Military.com said: “The definition can be as simple as walking around with a backpack on a hike or as difficult
as moving fast with all your military gear, loaded for bear, over rugged terrain, infiltrating to your objective. But the terms ruck, hump, or forced march, all really mean getting your gear from A to B in a backpack.”
On May 25 at 7 a.m., the “Texas Ruckfest 2019” will begin at the Madisonville American Legion Hall and end at the Centerville Courthouse Square between 3:30-4 p.m. The 22-mile walk will memorialize the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day thus honoring the true meaning of Memorial Day. The number stems from a 2013 VA study that stated between 1999 to 2010 roughly 22 veterans died daily from suicide. Sadly 2016 data from the Department of Veterans Affairs had only reduced that number to 20.
“We will have support vehicles that will follow us with Gatorade, water, and fruits to keep us hydrated,” shared Gloria Munoz, whose husband Eric Munoz is heading the event. “If there is a person you would like to honor, attach their picture to your backpack.”
About that backpack. Drop a water bottle in there, perhaps an extra pair of shoes and band-aids. Yes, you might get a blister or two with that many miles so don’t forget the aspirin either! Remember the sunglasses, sunscreen and sunhat and maybe even a tee shirt should you soak the one you start wearing.
The schedule is to walk for three to five miles and then break for 15 minutes. Participants can join in anywhere along Hwy 75. For more information contact Eric Munoz 936-348-8459.
And finally, at the end of the day have you ever looked back with regret at something you said? Perhaps the words flowed in defense but still, you didn’t feel good about how you said it
Or flip that coin and instead the end of the day left you feeling good. Most likely that’s because the things you said were good things, perhaps even positive and encouraging.
If you think about it, our words are the most powerful creative force we have. To be sure, it’s ideas, good or bad, that mold our lives and mold the world, but where would ideas be without words?
Best-selling author and philanthropist Tony Robbins once said, "Our greatest leaders and thinkers have used the power of words to transform our emotions, to enlist us in their causes, and to shape the course of destiny. Words cannot only create emotions, but they also create actions. And from our actions flow the results of our lives."
So, at the end of the day not only have our words affected us and determined whether it’s been a good day or a bad one, but they have affected others as well, good or bad. Like the little boy who shocks his teacher with a string of cuss words and then proudly brags he learned them from his parents.
As speaker and writer Greg Depriest wrote, “Wise people understand the beauty and the power of words, so they form them carefully.”
Our words, so easy to flow from our mouths, so strong in shaping our lives and the lives of those around us. They reflect our wisdom and that’s reflected by how we feel at the end of the day.