Among the graduates from Mississippi State University's December commencement ceremonies was Emily Crenshaw of Philadelphia.  She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.  Not only did she earn a degree, she received her diploma CUM LAUDE! What an honor.  Cum Laude is Latin for "with praise" and is not easy to acquire.  It took a lot of dedication and hard work.  Her parents are Johnny and Denise Wilborn Crenshaw who, along with other family members, attended graduation on December 14 on the Starkville campus.    Congratulations on your achievement!

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 Lynda Stribling recently returned from a pre Christmas visit to her family who live in the Chicago area.  Marc and Ragan Sonnabend and their two daughters, Shelby and Skyler, always look forward to Lynda's visits.  Her plane landed at O'Hare Airport in Chicago and Ragan picked her up to take her to their home in Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago.  There had been a heavy early snowfall of about 10 inches of snow which was unusual for this time of year.  Lynda enjoyed the snow, too!

 Her family gave her a fantastic Christmas present.  They had tickets for the hit musical, "Hamilton".    This play takes the audience back to the era of the Founding Fathers with Lin Manuel Miranda's inventive Tony Award winning musical and winner of 11 Broadway Audience Choice Awards. It is the story of Hamilton's life set to music.  The play is touring in various cities and happened to be in Chicago during Lynda's visit.  She thought it was fabulous and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the performance.  The family had fun doing seasonal things together and just being with each other again.

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 One very precious Christmas gift arrived on December 14 for Mac and Adrianna Burt.  This gift was not wrapped in Christmas paper or covered with bright bows, but was the most special gift of all.  This gift was their first grandchild, Sykes McClain Day.  His parents are Tony and Alex Burt Day of Hattiesburg.  The family has been eagerly awaiting this joyous event.  He was surrounded by love before he even entered the world ftom an extended family.  Sykes will grow up with lots of cousins, aunts, and uncles both here in Mississippi and also in Texas. What a beautiful present.  It is one that will keep on giving joy and love!

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 She is finally here!  Little Miss Chloe May Stewart entered the word on Wednesday, December 26, at 7:39 AM, weighing 7 pounds and 2 ounces of perfection.  Her very proud and happy parents are Rockie and Catherine Bates Stewart.  Proud Philadelphia grandparents are Darrell and Naomi Bates.  Congratulations!

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 Tiny Ruby Ann Goforth celebrated her very first Christmas at her home in Denver, Colorado, with her parents, Kiley and Corby Mason Goforth.  Her presence made their Christmas extra special and so memorable.  Although she is just a few weeks old, she seemed to be fascinated by the Christmas tree lights.  

 She arrived on December 8th and was greeted by not only one, but two grandmothers from Philadelphia, Judy Mason and Kay Jayroe Douglas!  What a lucky little girl she is to have two grandmothers to spoil her, not to mention an aunt, cousins and more family members.  It will be such a joy to see the world through the eyes of a child.  Everything is new again.  I remember so well.

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 When my husband, Romily, asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told him that he was my most precious gift and I did not want anything else.  He was the gift I had prayed and hoped for and I needed nothing more.  Sitting next to him on the sofa Christmas morning, I said how very happy I was that he was here this year. He said he was glad to be here, too, and not in a hospital bed or absent forever. In honor of the occasion, I put a red ribbon with a bow around his neck!

Candler and Bert Foster and our grand dog, Abbie, came from Dallas to spend Christmas with us again this year, and my brother, Ronald Grenko, flew in from Albuquerque, New Mexico, too.  We were all together again, but under such happy circumstances.  We had a wonderful time with fires in the fireplace, dogs running around under tables and bouncing on and off the chairs, eating meals together, and just enjoying everything.  This is one Christmas I will always cherish in my book of memories.  I am so thankful.  Wishing all of you a very happy and prosperous New Year filled with good health, good times, and goodness! God bless each of you.