A beautiful and feisty lady, who does not like to see her name in print, called and during our conversation, I asked how she was doing. She has health issues and she told me a friend had asked her, “Are you terminal?”

She told me she replied with, “Aren’t we all?”

As Diane said this week, “If you want your dreams to come true, you have to wake up.” Live every minute as if it were your last, or as if it were “terminal.”

Jerry and I have a very special great granddaughter to live for now. Yes, Michael is a grandpa. Can you believe it?

Elyssa Ann was born to Kristen and Josh of Bryan on Sept. 29. I tried my best to be there before she was born. I left at the first contraction and missed it by 30 minutes. She weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. and 20 inches long. She is absolutely the cutest thing ever! When I told Jerry that, he said that’s what they all say. But of course this baby is different, she really is cute and she has eight cousins to spoil her rotten.

On Aug. 26, Brynnley Claire Ensey was born to Stacie and Adam weighing in at 7-lb. 9 oz and 20 inches long. Brynnley is being spoiled by her three-year-old big brother, Dawson along with her grandparents, Laurie and Ray Minkley of Claude, Texas, and Terry and Susanne Ensey of Borger. Great Grandparents are Jim and Florence Hamby of Walnut and Peggy Minkley of Claude. Congratulations to each of you!

You missed a great evening last weekend with lots of entertainment and great food. The Volunteer Fire Department put on quite the feed with lots of fajitas and homemade tortillas. And then came some wonderful talent, with the Trotter Band getting it all started.

Richard, Victor, Ricky and Paul Trotter played along with Wayne Shull.

Judy Burns sang along with her daughters, Ashley who is almost 16 and Emily who is 8.

Jerry and I left early and missed Emily and Judy yodeling. I was told they both did a magnificent job.

Shadie Shadix was also there and as always did an excellent job of singing.

Hopefully after the night was over our VFD was better able to make their bills this month. If you were unable to attend, there is still time to give a donation to this important part of our community. We never want to say, “I had a fire and no one came.” We need this VFD, so let’s support them. They still need many more members, just let them know that you would like to join up with them.

A benefit supper and auction at 6 p.m. on Oct. 11 will go to help defray medical expenses for Lynn Shull, whom many of you know as Lynn Dempsey or Clark. She grew up in Walnut Springs and is the wife of Wayne and mother of three children.

A whole slew of homemade food will be served along with an auction of many items and a guitar raffle. The Trotter family band will provide the entertainment at the Walnut Springs Community Center. Come down and help out one of our community.

The Baptist Church of Walnut Springs will hold their Follow Fest again this year from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, with inside and outside games, jumpers, cake walks, popcorn, nachos and lots of candy. For more information call Samantha Dempsey at (254) 797-2511.

The Baptist Church will build a Pictorial Directory again and if you would like to have your family’s picture made for this, please call and make an appointment. Available times are 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, or all day Saturday. For more information, call (254) 797-2511.

Birthdays this month include Catherine Espinoza Schurr of Walnut on Oct. 18, our cousins, Verna Lee on the 12th and son, Randy Mills of Glen Rose on the 5th. Michael Saxon of Walnut is on the 4th and Curtis Rhodes is on the 16th. Happy Birthday to each and every one of you.

Please call with your news 254-797-8200 or e-mail rah991@valornet.com. Now like the farmer said when he fell off the wagon, I gotta hit the road. Have a great week and smile, it’s contagious. Make the person you meet on the street feel like smiling with you.