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|Martha Jane Anderson: Dec. 22, 2011|
Love is patient and kind.Daughter, Ainsley Upshaw Lewis, sent a card that read, "Before I knew anything else, I knew how it felt to be loved." those words represent the relationship between mother and child all around the world.
The Holy Word from 1 Corinthians 13: 13 reminds us for this special Christmas weekend:
"And now abide faith, hope and love, these three, but the greatest of these is love." NKJV
Of course, for those we love, we want there to be gifts so special from us that they shall never forget the Christmas of 2011. In the inspirational book, "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young,
we are told that Jesus is the gift that continuously gives — bounteously.
The Christ said that his love is such a gift that nothing in the world would ever cause Him to stop loving us, his children. Jesus' gift of love to us is perfect; it never varies. When we feel undeserving of His love, we feel unworthy and somewhat distant from Him. We sometimes separate from Him; however, He never separates from us. Instead of returning to Him for His love, we start trying to earn His approval by trying harder.When we begin to feel unworthy and unloved, we go to the Father in prayer and ask for His unfailing gift of love. His gift transcends all understanding. His light changes every fiber of our being: renewing our minds, cleansing our hearts and invigorating our body.
May His light of unconditional love shine through believers at Christmas time. (adapted from "Jesus Calling") My friend Juli Kemp says, "What do people have who choose darkness over the light of God? It is a life of darkness, no hope and nothing after this earthly life."
Good news from Audrey Keller, daughter of Robin Rivers Keller and granddaughter of Loretta Rivers and Jack Rivers. Audrey is beautiful and smart. She has been named a national merit finalist and has been accepted as a freshman student at Duke University. Duke was really Audrey's first and only choice of colleges from the beginning. Robin and Audrey live in Bedford, N.Y. What a Christmas gift for all the family!
Over the river and through the woods to the historic fire station in Ruston for a most memorable and fun Christmas lunch with the Rosemary and Randy Ewing family. The menu
was a winner that included a buffet of gumbo, hot water cornbread, slaw, Aunt E's famous sweet potatoes with Brooksie Hamaker's topping of pecans, brown sugar and butter, and tender brisket.
The dessert table was full of every kind of classic Christmas sweet. Rosemary and son Brandon Ewing greeted guests with the Ewing family spirit of sharing and caring. In the crowd were Pat Garrett, Dianne and James Davison, Ronda and Bill Jones, Jo Ann Johnston Beverly and John Tom James, Terry Ewing, Ashley Manning, Mike Stone, Allison Upshaw, Ben James, Diane Stewart and Susan Ewing.
Niece and nephew, Denise and Skip Stinson, brought Santa Claus some extraordinary praline and gorgeous white divinity on a spectacular oblong tray of Christmas red and green china. Just a knockout presentation!
Carol and Bill Ledoux thought outside the box with special white calla lily plants for family and close friends. Grandson, Patrick Ensminger, just graduated from the LSU College of Science in pre-med, summa cum laude (with highest praise) 3.947. Congratulations to Pat and all the family for Patrick completed this work in 3 1/2 semesters.
Many of the LSU family have been disappointed that Jarrett Lee did not get more playing time in the games since his two fatal interceptions against Bama. When Jefferson appeared to be in trouble during the first half of the Georgia game, most of the loyal were ready for Lee to have his chance. We hope everyone knows that our own West Monroe standout at LSU, Will Blackwell, grandson of Sally and Jerry Arledge, made second team All-America at offensive guard...the one who opens the holes for those multi-talented running backs. The Tigers' O line allowed only 14 sacks this season which was first in the SEC. LSU's two cornerbacks both made first team and that is a first in history to have two corners from the same school make it...Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne. According to ESPN sports, LSU's fast defensive backs can cover over 2,000 square yards in the time we can count 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi.
LSU defense has allowed only 10.5 points per game. Bama's defense allowed 8,3 points per game. The difference may come down to the kicking game and the skills of Melbourne, Australia's Exchange Student, freshman Brad Wing, who made first team All America at the punting position. On just 17 punts, LSU allowed only six yards which averages .35-yard average. Counting down until Jan. 9...
Christmas at the Highwaters had a fantastic display of fireworks that was truly over the top. The shrimp, beef, jambalaya and cheese and onion souffle by Thurman's was the best yet. Sidney and Charlene house an incredible wildlife museum with species from all over the world.
The good news of the holidays is the fantastic climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, by our own Beverly Moore, daughter of Lynn and James Moore. Beverly excels in everything she undertakes as she played basketball for Tech, Harvard, and completed Standard Law School. The petite beauty maintains her playing shape and makes these accomplishment seem easy because she works hard. Congratulations to you, Beverly!
The Robin and Michael Fincher twin daughters, Kiley and Layne, are freshmen students at Neville who have achieved a 4.0 GPA. We are so proud of them along with grandparents, Carole and Tex. Those twins were reading the Bible at age 3 and pronouncing words that we cannot today. They are also highly accomplished tennis players. Place them on your star watch!
There are few who do more for others than Kent and Yvonne Anderson. They always takes care of others first, particularly at Christmas. One of our biggest blessings is that our grandchildren, Ainsley and Mark Kent, love the hunting camp at McGowan Brake just like their grandparents hoped they would. That is the first place they want to go when home from LSU for Christmas break. Mark Kent got a huge six-point dear with a spread of 21 inches, Wow, we'll have meat through the winter! We are proud of Michelle Anderson who is home after LSU law school working for DA Jerry Jones in the domestic abuse area.
Word from Cedar Creek School is that the Christmas play, in which Virginia Grace (VG) Mills, starred was fantastic. Her older sister, Martha Dianne Mills, has quite a beautiful voice, too. Those sisters are a blessing to all who know them. They are spending a week at tennis camp in New Brunsfels...the Texas hill country!
The Equinox Jazz group has received rave reviews from those who attended the Brown Auditorium event Friday last at ULM. Hooray for our ULM and the Visual and Performing Arts department that makes so many talented students and community members part of life changing musical performances. Carolyn Whitfield, Linda Reeves, Terry Reeves and Sally Hines said it was simply fabulous.
We are thrilled to tell you that Gwen Henry Hardy has purchased the great Country Place home of Evelyn and Roy Cole who are moving to Dallas to be closer to their children. It is so special that children, Bo and Catherine Hardy encouraged this acquisition as they will be Gwen's next door neighbors. The house was designed by Travis Oliver III, has a great floor plan and has a garden that is one of our finest.
We are all so proud of John Pruitt's leadership at the Club. John is so personable and makes certain that he welcomes everyone including the members' guests with a smile and good conversation.
Melba Jones hosted a fabulous Christmas reception in her home at Squire Creek. Melba is a marvelous cook and she cooked incredible food. The broccoli souffle, chicken cheese casserole, and the crawfish creole were among the best ever. Melba's precious granddaughter, petite and brunette Katie, assisted with the hostess duties. Melba's own fruit cake was Pat's favorite!.
No one in Monroe makes better gumbo than Dewayne Humphries at the Warehouse No. 1. He and Gail treated our Life Group from First West to a Christmas supper with fresh green onion and shaved lettuce and cheese salad, seafood gumbo with lots of crab meat, and our choice of strawberrry, chocolate, or vanilla cheese cake petit fours.
The antique Christmas scene on the mantel in the bedroom is exquisite and reminds one of the simplicity of Christmas a century ago.
Amanda and Jim Berry shared their fabulous home for the annual Christmas auction at their three story home in Pargoud Landing with Frank Hoffman's entire class providing food and raising money for special needs in our community. It was truly an evening of giving as our class collected some $6,500 for others.
May the Christmas holidays work their very special magic filling every heart with a special peace provided only by God's kind of love.
"Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased." Luke 2:14 NLT
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Martha Jane Anderson retired from University of Louisiana-Monroe after 35 years of service as Assistant Dean of Students and SGA Advisor. She is married to Patrick H. Anderson Sr., has two children, and four grandchildren.