These are a few of my favorite things
Because our staff produces a new magazine every four weeks, we’re too busy working a month or two ahead all the time to spend much time reflecting on past events.
But every time our annual “Favorites” issue starts coming together, I’m reminded of how quickly the previous year has zipped by and how much has happened at work and at home. Here are a few of my favorite recent experiences:
The Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves Reading ProgramThis project was launched in February 2011 to help raise awareness about a real, local, larger-than-life Western hero – Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves. Volunteer Julie Moncrief helped recruit and organize more than 80 other volunteers to read an award-winning children’s book about Reeves, Bad News for Outlaws by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, to more than 2, 600 local fifth- and sixth-grade students. Julie said it was hard to tell who enjoyed this project more – the kids (who loved the book!) or the grownups who did the readings. It was one of the most fun things I did all year.
Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond’s first visit to Fort SmithThe Bonneville House Association landed uber popular food, photo and family ranch life blogger Ree Drummond for its annual Fall Into Bonneville fundraiser luncheon. Ree drew a record crowd (500-plus) to the event. Getting to meet her before the luncheon was fun. Her luncheon “speech” was charming, hilarious and, quite literally, delicious. All the food served was made from recipes in her best-selling cookbooks. Please come back to Fort Smith soon, Ree. You were terrific! Proceeds of this successful event help to support historic Bonneville House, the beautiful next-door neighbor to our office in the Belle Grove Historic District.
A good day, but not for ducksIn case you’ve never read any of my columns about my (mis)adventures in duck hunting – just trust me when I tell you that it’s better that I’m the one shooting this photo while the REAL duck hunters – my husband, Frank, and our son Morgan – are in the duck blind. A good day was had by all, even though no ducks were harvested by my guys. The ducks were a no-show. Can’t shoot ’em if they decline to be present.
Our tribe increases!Here he is, our 11th grandchild and only the third boy in the batch – Kenton Emmett Turk Seubold. He’s the son of our oldest child, Schenk, and daughter-in-law April and brother of Nils, Ellie, Breanna and Bethanie.
Born three days after Christmas; Kenton weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long.
He’s a dandy and a really good boy so far, his mom says.
Frank and I haven’t had a chance to get our hands on him yet, but will take ourselves to Louisiana as soon as we can.