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Well, it was sunny so far today but it's kind of cloudy now. I’m ready for some sunshine and 80s this week! We've gotten three rains in the last week, totaling a little over one-and-a-half inches. We planted a few more beans Tuesday, but haven’t been back out of the wet fields since.

This week's farm report: corn is looking good, but I know it wants some sunshine; beans are popping up; cotton is yet to be seen and the wheat is beautiful!

Lyla was here for two days so her parents could work, and she is all into Disney's "Frozen," as most of the children are these days. I got her a CD player with a microphone a couple of years ago (too early!), and she knows every word to the songs; she kept us entertained singing with her mic and doing all the hand gestures that go with the songs. I told her she'll be on “American Idol” some day! We had a lot of fun!

We had a big morning at church today on Celebration Sunday, the day we made our pledges for the new building. We started the worship service with a pictoral history of the 180-year-old church, with copy read by Nolan Combs. Then we had a virtual walk-through of the new building before Mike brought his message. Afterward we all headed for lunch!

Brenda Mason, Judy Dunaway, Jennifer Phillips and team did a great job setting up the fellowship hall and cooking. Courtney Watkins had a big hand in decorating, as well as Judy McCool and others.

Several of us gathered earlier in the week to get decorations made, silverware ready and tablecloths out. We had a great meal of pork tenderloin, green beans, potato salad, rolls and salad, with fruit, chocolate and white cake and drank our sweet tea out of Mason jars! It was a wonderful day! Just about everyone wore black and white and Wayne Dalrymple said the congregation in the auditorium looked like an old black and white TV show!

Shorty Dunaway is home from the hospital. Ann Chapman is recovering, as well as Chris Laxton and Florence Robertson, Mike Rogers' mom. Kyle Hanks, Kent Wingate, Dale Laxton, John Henderson, Bobbie Deen, Carol Hughey, Keith McCalla, Steve Taylor, and so many others, along with all servicemen and women, are in our prayers.

Congratulations to Beau Phillips, Andrew Cates and Logan Rimmer for graduating from high school!

Happy birthday to David Stewart on May 18, to Billy Kidd on the 19th, to Patsy Moore and Sawyer Laxton on the 22nd, to Morgan Smith on the 23rd and to Larry Whaley on the 24th!

Happy anniversary to Jeremy and Andrea Newman on May 19 and Marc and Sonya Rimmer on the 23rd! Happy birthday at Clopton United Methodist Church to Keliann Atkins, Joyce Byrd and Hannah Leary on May 25 and to Robert Thornhill and Cassie Wright on the 26th!

There will be a birthday brunch at 10:30 on Sunday, May 25, which is also Memorial Sunday, when we remember deceased veterans.

On June 7, the youth are planning a yard sale from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please clean out your closets, attic and garage and bring any items to the church basement by Thursday, June 5.

Fireworks are slated for June 29 (donations appreciated) and the Clopton beauty and talent show is coming - more info later!

This week's Farmer's Almanac quote: "To attract butterflies, plant bright color asters, coneflowers and verbena."

Now my big announcement: I'm going to be a great-grandmother! Rachel and Cameron Dickey are due in December! Yay! I think by the time The Leader comes out we will have another chance of rain. I hope you enjoyed the sunshine while we had it!

Until next week . . .

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