Mississippi State's Famous Maroon Band honored its graduating seniors during the annual Egg Bowl in Starkville on Thanksgiving evening.  They are an outstanding group who contributed so much to the band through the past several years.  Their leadership is invaluable to the band program.  This was their last home game of the season and their last performance as members of the Famous Maroon Band in Davis Wade Stadium.

Among those honored at Davis Wade Stadium during the game was Amelia Henson of Philadelphia who has played the clarinet in the Famous Maroon Band during her four years at MSU.  Amelia is well known for her trumpet playing before each horse race during the Neshoba County Fair.  She is a very talented musician.

The FMB had a good time marching in Starkville's annual Christmas parade on December 2.  They enjoyed the festive music and the excitement of the spectators.  Amelia marched along playing her trumpet in her last Starkville Christmas parade.  She has a bright future ahead of her.  Her very proud mother is Phoebe Henson.  Her sister, Zoie, is a freshman at MSU.  Congratulations!

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There will be one more stocking hanging by the chimney in the Parker household this Christmas.  The tiny stocking will belong to the precious baby girl who arrived on December 4th, much to the joy of her parents, Colby and Lauren Breland Parker.  The new arrival has been named Collins Wesley Parker.  She weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces of pure sugar.  What a wonderful early Christmas gift!  Congratulations!

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 Every good and perfect gift comes from above. James 1: 17  The Page family received a perfect gift as a Thanksgiving blessing in the form of a precious baby boy who arrived on November 27.  His name is Brody James Page.  His proud parents are Brent and Kristen Fieber Page.  Brody has a big sister and a big brother who are already in love with this tiny bit of sweetness.  He weighed exactly 5 pounds of sugar.  His family feels that he is the perfect addition to their family.  Congratulations!

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We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year.  Candler and Bert Foster and our grand dog, Abbie, came to spend Thanksgiving with us.  We thought the two of us would spend it together at home with Boo, but Candler texted on Thursday the week before and said they were coming on Sunday and leaving the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Since it had been too long since we had seen them, we were overjoyed.

    Of course, my first thought was, I have nothing to eat in the house!  I made a long list and Romily and I went grocery shopping the next day.  

They arrived safely on Sunday evening along with their golf clubs and all of Abbie's gear.  It was so good to see them.  Bert built a fire in the fireplace each night and the two of them cooked breakfast every morning. Romily was thrilled to have fluffy scrambled eggs instead of his usual microwaved egg.  

Abbie and Boo were excited to see each other and after a lot of checking each other out, they decided to be friends again.  We had dogs running in and out the patio doors to the backyard, bringing leaves inside on their fuzzy faces and waggy tails. 



Thanksgiving dinner was absolutely delicious, many thanks to Mac Burt who contributed his talents.  He has made my dressing many times in the past because I cannot make decent dressing.  My mother made stuffing from white bread and stuffed the turkey.  I had never had dressing until I moved south. It is so much better than stuffing.  We had a fantastic fresh cranberry congealed dish with orange and other tasty fruit.  It looked so pretty when taken out of the mold

Bert wanted to cook the turkey, so I was happy to have him do it.  He was so proud of it because it was perfect and was the first he had ever cooked. He likes to cook and is good at it.  

We had a great week of visiting, shopping, and eating.  The best part was just being together.  No words were even necessary, just their presence was enough.  We hope to see them again at Christmas along with my brother who is coming from Albuquerque to Meridian. So excited! There are so many blessing for which I am thankful.