The organizers of the vacation Bible school at De Soto United Methodist Church are looking for western-themed decorations to use during the week of Bible school, which is July 16 to 20 at the church. The theme this year is "Avalanche Ranch."
Anyone who has items such as wagon wheels, saddles, rope, cowboy hats, cowboy boots, buckets, burlap sacks, tumbleweeds, fencing, western fabric or wooden rocking horses is asked to label them and drop them off from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 8 at the church, 8760 Kill Creek Road.
Volunteers are needed to help with the Bible school in crafts, food and supplies.
My sister-in-law (Luther's youngest sister) Mary Ruth called me Sunday afternoon from Colorado. I had written and told them about my upcoming cancer surgery.
Mary Ruth said her husband, Bill, had heart stints put in just in time. His doctor said he would have had a major heart attack without them.
She said their daughter retired from teaching after 30 years. She was asked to run for state representative in the 20th district in Missouri.
My son Jerry came to see me Saturday on his motorcycle. He did some errands for me. He was going to go home and get his wife, Linda, and they were going to go visit two of their friends who were patients in area hospitals. They went to a family reunion Sunday in Lexington, Mo.
Reta Jenks visited me recently. She brought me my favorite food -- ripe cantaloupe. Then Mary Alley came and brought me salmon cakes, macaroni and cheese and broccoli. I appreciated it all. It was the first salmon cakes I'd had since my former neighbors -- the Verrills -- lived here.
My friend Ruth Motzkus, who is in Sharon Lane Nursing Center, called me Sunday evening.
My sister-in-law Emmaline Freeman Nelson called me Saturday. She was concerned about the surgery I'm going to have. She is not in good health either. I told her she would not recognize the Kill Creek Road that she and Orlie lived on.
The De Soto Baptist Church was glad to have the Rev. Richard and Mary Etta Copeland and the Hodges back home from their vacation.
Leslie and Jenna Hodges sang a duet "Led by the Master's Hand." Their grandmother Mary Etta Copeland accompanied them on the piano.
When the altar call was given at De Soto Baptist Church, Danny and Linda Lane went forward for church membership. They've moved back to the De Soto area from Olathe. Anita and Joe Woywod stood with them at the door.
The Heat baseball team played the Bulldogs Sunday evening and beat them 13-4. Eric Schutte is the Heat's coach. My great-grandson Hayden Chandler is on the team.
My son Edwin in Texas attended a trade show convention in Boston for three days. He said there were 7,000 in attendance.
Former De Soto resident Louella Tillery, who now lives in Cowgill, Mo., called me twice this past week and wanted to know about cookbooks. She is looking for the Better Homes and Garden book that was printed in 1984. If anyone has one they'd like to sell, call me and I'll put you in touch with her by phone or mail.
The Gary and Bonnie Logan family took their grandchildren and some of their children (Sherri came back home from New Jersey, too) to Southern Missouri. They went to Silver Dollar City.
Those celebrating birthdays include Adam Wilcox, Charlotte Whim, Brian McAvoy, David King, Joe Kessler, Katie Beck, Nicole Yarbrough, Abigail Yarbrough, Connie Stankewsky and Rocky Mason.
Those celebrating anniversaries include Doug and Audrey Tiedeman, Brian and Kyle Ann Payne, Jim and Katharine Ingalls, Bill and Mary Plummer, Nick and Diane Taylor and John and Sharon Zoellner.
My son Michael and my great-grandson Matthew came back Friday from their fishing trip to Canada with my son Jerry of Overland Park. They said they drove 8-1/2 hours Thursday and complained the wind was quite high for two days up there and it was hard to fish on the lakes, but they all caught some.
It was Matthew's first trip. He's 13.
I put Michael and Matthew to work washing my large windows in my bedroom and living room and they ran the sweeper. Then they had to leave because they had to be in Oklahoma City by 4 p.m. and it is a 4-1/2 hour drive.
While here, Michael got to see Mary Margaret Jewett Plummer and he met my friend and her daughter Sandi Gulley and Dallas and their puppy.
Jean Epperson's brother Warren Davis and his son from Lawrence were guests for worship Sunday at De Soto Baptist Church. Sam Wilcox also was a visitor.
Dott Stephens is now home after being in the hospital this past week. Marjorie Cates is back home after her hospitalization in Nevada. John and Toni Adams were able to attend church Sunday at the De Soto Baptist Church.
My friend Kim broke her ankle and is in a walking boot. Her dad drives her when she is wearing it. She continues to work, though. I also had news from my niece in Florida that she had breast cancer surgery this past week. Another cousin in Tulsa had a stroke. Tom McGivern also is in need of prayers. Larry Hartshorn had knee surgery and is recovering at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Sandi Gulley is scheduled for surgery this week and needs prayers.
Michaela Keller, the 17-year-old granddaughter of Bob and GeorgeAnn Taylor, has been in Children's Mercy South Hospital. She had a staph infection and high temperature. She was here visiting the grandparents, aunts and families from Alabama. ElFreeda Payton had eye surgery this past week. My cancer surgery on my face is Thursday this week.
Laura Long's grandson Keith Ridgeway, who is in the military service overseas, called her this week.