Martha Payton enjoyed the holidays with visit from Brad and Virginia Payton from Keller arriving on Thursday, and daughter Regina from Victoria coming on Friday. Martha shares, “We had an early Christmas dinner on Friday evening and exchanged gifts. Brad brought his boxer dog named Joe. At eight-thirty every evening the dog tells you it is eight-thirty and ‘treat time’.” Brad and Virginia returned home on Saturday and Regina stayed until Wednesday morning. She will finish the week in Port Aransas house sitting for a friend while they are in Austin for a wedding.
William and Joyce Dodd celebrated Christmas with family and friends by hosting lunch and then opening gifts. Those in attendance were Michael McNiel, Tonja Jones and friend Jerry Lucas, Rob Dodd, Brad, Tanya, Matthew, and Trenton Dodd and his friend Melony Huffman, Alyssa, Gavin, and Ethan Shelton, Maegan Shelton and her friend Matt, Mandi Owens, Stuart, Tiffany, Emery, Elliana, and Eadon McPherson. Joyce reports, “We enjoyed visiting with everyone. It had been over two years since we had seen Mandi and about a year since we had seen Maegan. They had to go back to Arkansas, after our tree was over. Alyssa, Gavin, and Ethan went back with them for a few days. It was the best Christmas we have had in a while. We wish everyone a very blessed New Year.”
Kim and Lee Beck had visits from son, Jason Beck, who is now living in Maryland., daughter, Maddie Beck who came from Ft. Worth, son and daughter in law, Jackson & Courtney Dailey who came in from San Antonio. Kim adds, “Derek & Michelle Dailey traveled from Grand Prairie and brought daughter, Demi, for some Christmas cheer! There is nothing better than watching that almost 2-year-old giggle with glee over her new Fisher Price Little People Farm set. Bamaw & Lee Pa are blessed for sure!”
Evelyn Horne was at her daughter’s Alisa Ottley’s home in Dallas for Christmas.
Family gathered at Rick and Judy Petty’s home for Christmas. They started out with lunch and finished up with visiting and catching up on events of the past year, followed by games and lots of laughter and “of course more eating.” Those who were able come included Chris, Robin, Trever and Trey Petty from Cedar Park (this was our first year to have to share Tyler who has become engaged and spent this Christmas with fiancée Caitlin Valley and her family), Ronnie, Amy, Mitchell and Macy Green from Cooper, Mick and Linda Petty, Billy Joe Clayton all from Tira, Mike and Tara Owens from Dallas, James and Cathy Humphrey and Chaney Klemptner from New Braunfels and Dustin Churchman, Hesston Humphrey, Katie Stewart all from Sulphur Springs and Reagan Humphrey from Bolivar, Missouri. Judy comments, “Always great to have everyone together, especially at Christmas.”
Our family Christmas began with attending church services on Christmas Eve. Our daughter, Tiffany, and grandchildren, Kenden and Jaidyn, joined us at First Baptist Church, after they attended the Christmas Eve service at Posey Baptist Church. We went out to eat following the service at First Baptist. Landon, Laiken, Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden Joslin, Morgan Joslin and fiancée, Allison, Tiffany Vaughn, Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin, and Linda Ellen Vaughn came over for a time of exchanging gifts and eating Christmas lunch on Christmas Day. Malcolm Joslin came to Tira on Christmas night to celebrate Christmas with Kenden, Jaidyn, Landon, Laiken, Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden. On the day after Christmas, our son, Delayne Vaughn, came from Waco and we enjoyed lunch with him, Tiffany, Kenden, and Jaidyn. Grace and Linda Ellen Vaughn joined us for dessert, and then we opened more gifts. Landon, Laiken, and the boys celebrated with Laiken’s family on Christmas Eve.
I hope 2018 brings you all many blessings! I look forward to neighbors reporting about their New Year festivities!
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