Former De Soto residents Hazel and Roger Verrill, who now live in Shawnee, and their daughter Diane and their 10-year-old granddaughter visited me Sunday afternoon.
Frankie Aubert, who lives at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, had 23 inches of snow at his house in the recent winter storm. He is the son of Dee and Jim Aubert. Dee said he really had to work hard to get a path shoveled outside.
My son Michael called me Sunday and said they kept their four grandchildren overnight. He said they couldn't all come on Christmas Day, but would be up later that week.
Their grandson Matthew played in a hockey tournament in Oklahoma City and won.
This grandson, who is 12, took the college ACT test and passed it. He said he was the only one without hair on his face. The others taking the test were high school age.
The De Soto United Methodist Church is still looking for good used high chairs that have all the safety standards. They will be used in the fellowship hall for dinners and events.
If anyone has a high chair to donate, they are asked to get in touch with Rita Jones.
The De Soto United Methodist Church youth leaders will have a dinner for the youth members and parents from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the fellowship hall at the church.
The youth are asked to bring a wrapped gift with a $10 value for the gift exchange.
The De Soto United Methodist Church children's choir was well received Dec. 10.
There will be no children's choir or practice until after the first of the year.
Crocheted or knitted caps for newborns are still needed.
Anyone who can help is asked to call Boots Linden.
The covered dish brunch at De Soto Baptist Church Saturday was well attended.
The gift exchange brought lots of beautiful gifts. Each person could take someone else's gift or open a new one.
The gift I got to keep was one I wanted. It was a snowman decorated with electric lights. It was the No. 1 best gift.
At the brunch, president Luella Davis gave each attendee a ceramic decorated Christmas sleigh with candles. Mary Etta Copeland made beautifully decorated bracelets with different beads with different meanings.
The group also presented gifts to the president for having a wonderful service.
Several ladies met Friday at De Soto Baptist Church and brought several kinds of cookies and candy for the shut-ins, college kids and several residents at the nursing homes. In fact, we packaged 49 sacks for them. I've got one to mail to my grandson who is in the service.
The adult Sunday school classes at De Soto Baptist Church adopted four families in De Soto.
There are two more families in need.
The first family has 3- and 4-year-old girls and 7- and 8-year-old boys. The children need shirts and jeans. The boys want Legos sets and the girls want dolls.
The whole family would like board games as well as tins of popcorn.
Call the church at 585-1026 or the Rev. Richard Copeland at 583-1425 for the clothes sizes needed. Leave a message.
The second family has a 3-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy.
The items are needed by Sunday.
Shawn Allen took her twin nieces she was caring for back to her sister Sarah's home in Tonganoxie. She was also in charge of a 13-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl of her brother Toby's.
My friend Louella Tillery, who lives in Cowgill, Mo., called and visited with me Monday. She wanted me to tell everyone hello.
She was also asking for a recipe. I gave her a new one to try that we like and have shared with other families.
The Rev. Richard Copeland at De Soto Baptist Church read a thank you Sunday from Keith Ridgway, who is stationed in Iraq. He thanked everyone for the gifts and prayers. He said he is doing OK.
Keith is the grandson of Laura Long.
My son Edwin called me Sunday night and said his wife, Jeanne, who has been having severe hip pain, went to the doctor Wednesday. She will go to an orthopedic doctor for her back and schedule surgery.
The De Soto Baptist Church cantata is at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church. A candlelight service will follow.
Those planning to attend are asked to bring cookies and candies to share afterward in the fellowship hall.
Also, the Christmas offering that night will be used to replace the furnace and air conditioners at the church, unless it is otherwise designated.
My great-grandson Hayden, who lives with me, had a basketball game in Olathe Saturday morning. They won by four points. It was a very exciting game.
My only surviving first cousin died Monday in Joplin, Mo. We were the only two left on our mother's side of the family. I was three weeks older than her.
Needed items at the De Soto Multi-Service Center this week are macaroni and cheese. Next week will be white rice. Paper goods and baby items are always needed.
Those celebrating birthdays this week include Stacey Schreier, Eugene Gower, Gayle Moriarity, Ed Wilcox, John Field, Mark Kreutzer, Emily Miller, Lyndie Willhite, Leland Jones, Sam Warren, pat Weese, Ruth Zimmerman, Donna Gulley, Blake Davis, Caitlin Weese, Chris Berola and my great-granddaughter Garrion Williams, who lives in Manhattan.
The Junior Joy Singers filled the choir loft Sunday at De Soto Baptist Church. Tami Reeves was the director and Mary Etta Copeland accompanied them.
There were nine present and they sang five selections from "A Very Special Night."
They also read scriptures to tell the story with the Rev. Richard Copeland bringing a sermon along with them.
Roger Simmons is having heart surgery at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Pat Weese has a blood clot on her lung and is a patient at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Freda Anderson, who had been back at Olathe Medical Center with some breathing problems, is back home and was able to attend church Sunday at De Soto Baptist Church.
Jim Brashears was able to attend church Sunday after his hospital stay. Douglas Opdycke fell in his home last week and had to have some stitches on his head.
The Willow Springs FCE will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday at De Soto Baptist Church. All the members will be hostesses.
Each member is asked to bring a gift for the gift exchange and if bringing a guest, bring a gift for that person, too.
The De Soto Baptist Church will host the birthday party at 2 p.m. Friday at Hillside Village of De Soto.
To volunteer to help, call Ruby Nelson.