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Family and friends gather for holiday

I hope everyone had as nice of a Christmas as my family did. We are lucky that our three children and their families live close by so that we can all spend Christmas Eve together. We, as did many other families, started out on Christmas Eve by putting luminaries out on family and friends’ graves at the Satsop, Masonic, and Odd Fellow cemeteries. By the time we were done, it was dark and how beautiful the cemeteries looked with all the luminaries glowing. It was a wonderful Christmas Eve of enjoying Christmas dinner, gifts and time spent with family. On Christmas Day we enjoyed dinner at the home of our daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Mike Turner.

On Christmas Eve, Mark and Francine Carpenter had three of their four children and family with them. On Christmas Day they joined Mark’s parents for Christmas. Francine spent the 26th with her parents in Milton. Francine gave her mother a beautiful hand-made quilt that her mother, Francine’s grandmother, had started many, many years ago. Francine finished it and her mother had tears of joy to see it finished and it now has a special place at her home. What a wonderful gift to receive.

Eric, Rose, Alex and Angie Patton were at Eric’s parents, Mick and Mary Patton’s home, on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day they joined the Wilder family at Earl and Linda Wilder’s home.

Ed and Jean Comfort joined Red and Barb Tarman at the Tarman home on Christmas Eve after they put luminaries out at the cemetery. Christmas morning, Red and Barb hosted breakfast at their home with many family members joining them Christmas Day, Ed and Jean Comfort joined their daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Bob Hunt, and family for dinner and gifts. Red and Barb Tarman hosted Christmas Day dinner for children, John, Sandy and Elizabeth Tarman and Jim, Missy, Bryson and Baylee Crisp.

Elizabeth and Mathew Vandewark hosted Christmas at their home in Olympia. Mike and Arline Tobola and her sister, Marie McMillion from Portland and her son, Matthew from Russia, joined them for the holidays.

A big “thank-you” to the person or people who picked up all the luminaries at the Satsop Cemetery on Christmas morning and put them in the garbage. It is a big job. I did it one year and I know I picked up more then 300 burned out candles and luminaries and every year there are more put out. Again, thank you from Dugan Dotson and the cemetery board.

Pastor K led the service Sunday morning at the Satsop Methodist Church. Dalton Combs, with the help from Kendrick Parson, lit the candles. Cindy Stillwell put coins in for her birthday. Pastor K read the scriptures. Joys: Arline Tobola is enjoying the visit with her sister, Marie McMillion. Tami Combs and Linda Wilder had the joy of Pastor Wayne Schneider stopping at Tami’s shop to visit. Bruce and Paulette Straughn are enjoying having their grandsons visit them during this holiday. Prayers for the family of Glenda Ramey. Prayers for Larry Patton. Prayers for healing for Colin McAfee. The offering was collected by Mark Carpenter and Abby Combs.

My thought for the week: “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sing best.”

Wishing a happy and a good 2014 to everyone. Get out and sing, dance and enjoy this New Year.

Yvonne Borden is a regular contributor to The Vidette of news from the Satsop and Elma areas. She can be reached at (360) 482-3284.