Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.

And be thankful.

~Colossians 3:15~


Today, I want to share an update on David.  It took a year to learn his two issues – MDA,  red blood cells not producing enough blood, and non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.  We don’t know the causes of these diseases, but David has been very sick.  With good medical treatment at Ochsner, he has greatly improved.

I’ve been saying he is the best he has been since the first problems showed up.  Yesterday, we got two good reports.  David is doing more than “hanging in there”.  He feels and looks much better!  The two medical professionals we saw yesterday acknowledged he is doing well, not cured, but better than expected.

His blood level yesterday was 10, higher than it has been since he got sick.  He is in the “low normal range” and was not given Procrit for the first time in many weeks.  He has received 23 units of blood, but none have been needed in about four months.  His liver is doing well.  We go back in three months.  If all continues to do well, he will be put on a six month schedule for his liver.

I want to thank God for David’s improvement.  He has carried us through!  I also want to thank many of you who have him on your daily prayer list.  We are appreciative of all of you who tell us he has been prayed for daily.  Please continue too do so.


Thankfulness – Day 5 – Today, I am thankful for the wonderful improvement in David’s health.  Thanks to God for walking with us on the good days and the very difficult days.  Thanks to you for your prayers for David (and me).




John Pierce

January 06, 1966 – November 02, 2019

John Murray Pierce, born in 1966 in New Orleans, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Amite, LA on November 2, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Murray Pierce and Dorothy Fowler Pierce. His grandparents were Basil and Myrtle ‘Snooks’ Pierce, Albert Floyd, and Alma Fowler. He leaves behind the love of his life, Anissa Pourciau; her son, Gene Pourciau; and beloved dogs Trigger, Hammer, Shooter, and Bullet. He was the youngest sibling of J. Michael Pierce (Teresa), Natchitoches, LA; Brenda Pierce Falanga (James), Metairie, LA; Patti Pierce, Kentwood, LA; and Sandy Pierce Shows (Marshall), Brandon, MS. He also left two nieces (Lisa Falanga Davis and Sarah Shows Odom) and four nephews (Joseph Babin, Jeffrey Falanga, Justin Tyler Pierce and Cameron Shows). John was employed by Smitty’s Supply, Inc., for over 15 years, working in Amite, LA, Shreveport, LA, and Jasper, TX. John graduated from Jewel Sumner High School, where he was a multi-sport athlete. A member of Lewiston Baptist Church, he was a wonderful friend who loved his family and was a master at cooking crawfish for the annual Pierce crawfish boil. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed riding his Arctic Cat with his dogs, family and friends; and getting firewood, building wood racks, hunting, fishing, and gardening. He trained horses and raised many dogs that he loved. He was passionate about football, LSU and Saints! During his time with Interstate Batteries he enjoyed attending many Nascar races and was a big fan of Bobby Labonte. John will be greatly missed.
A celebration of John’s life will be held at Lewiston Baptist Church on November 12 (visitation at 9:00 AM and service at 11:00 AM). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lewiston Baptist Church, 74576 N. Lewiston Road, Kentwood, LA 70444.




Rev. Kenneth Istre moved to his heavenly home.  We have know him a long time and always enjoyed our brief visits with him at Mike’s Catfish Inn.  He was one of three preachers who attended our wedding as a friend.  One of his daughters shared this information.

The Celebration of Life will be held in Jennings, La. on Saturday, November 9th. Visitation will be held at 10:00AM,
Jennings Church of Christ
1812 N. Cutting Avenue, Jennings LA.
with services to follow at 1:00.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to:
Christian Youth Encampment
Attention: Justin Simmons
PO Box 411
Glenmora, LA




Scripture Writing – November 5 – Colossians 3: 12-17




Putting our thankfulness into printed words is meaningful!  Try it.  It can be done privately and kept that way or shared.  The key is to express your thankfulness.

Anna Lee





May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

~Romans 15:13~





Scripture Writing – Isaiah 12: 2-6




World Day of Prayer – Kedron Baptist Church – 10 A.M. today followed by a covered dish meal.  All ladies are encouraged to attend.




You have about three more weeks to pack “shoe boxes” and get them turned in this year.  I hope you have packed some this year.  If you need more information about turning them in, please ask me.




Thankfulness – Day 4 – Today, I an thankful for friends whether they are church family, neighbors, classmates, former co-workers, former students, etc.  We are able to support and encourage each other.

Anna Lee












Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.

I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

~John 14:27~




First, change your clocks if you have not already done so.  You get an extra hour this morning.  Do something special in that hour.




Dollie Frazier continues to have eye issues.  We need to continue to pray for her.

Hi friends and family. Update: still seeing doctors. I saw Dr. liner and he is doing biopsy of arteries in my temples next Thursday to see if infections are there. After that I will have Sleep test done.
I wait on The Lord and be patient. God is so good and I will always Praise His Holy Name.
Still using magnifying glass in case of misspell.gGodBless all of you and thanks for prayers.




Penny Easley Strong

June 10, 1954 – November 01, 2019

Penny Easley Strong, a resident of Amite, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 10, 1954 in Independence and was 65 years of age. She was a Pharmacy Tech for Thrift Town Pharmacy in Amite for 30 years. She is survived by her husband, Michael Wayne Strong; son, Curt Strong and wife, Rhiannon, daughter, Cristal Strong; grandchildren, Courtney Tassin, Allie Vicari, William Strong and Gabe Strong; brother, Van Easley; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther Easley and Verlie Mixon Easley Davidson; step-father, S. T. Davidson; sister, Lanagene Easley Nicolosi; sister-in-law, Melissa Reed Easley. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Mike Foster. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.




Thankfulness; Day 3 – Today, I am thankful to be an American.  God richly blessed me by allowing me to be born in this country.  I recognize that and thank Him for it.




Scripture Writing – November 3 – 2 Corinthians 4: 15-18




Have a great Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee


“Whoever can be trusted with a little can also be trusted with a lot . . .

If you cannot be trusted with things that belong to someone else, who will give you things of your own?”

 ~Luke 16:10, 12 NCV~




Monday, the Two Rivers WMU will meet at Kedron Baptist Church at 10:00 for the World Day of Prayer led by the ladies of Kedron.  A covered dish meal will follow the meeting.



Jimmy “Rusty” Williams, Jr.

May 20, 1977 – October 30, 2019

Jimmy “Rusty” Williams, Jr., a resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at his home in Kentwood, LA. He was born May 20, 1977 in Baton Rouge, LA and was 42 years of age. He is survived by his wife, Tessa Williams; father and mother, Jimmy Williams, Sr. and Linda B. Williams; brother, Justin “Rufus” Ryan Williams and wife, Dondi; special aunt and uncle, Carla Birch and Shelton Day; special uncle, Chad Redmond; nieces and nephews, Elaina Williams, Brody Williams, Taylor, Colby and Lauryn Ridgedell; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Curtis and Linda White; brother-in-law, Ben Avidas and wife Janna; 2 sister-in-laws, Steph Ewald and husband, Rodean and Donna Stout and husband; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; special pets Razor, Izzy and Blue. Preceded in death by his brother, Jonathan “Red Dog” R. Williams; maternal grandparents, Herbert and Dorothy Birch; paternal grandparents, Jewel and Elaine Williams and Howard Williams; son, Hugh Michael Jones. Visitation at Spring Creek Baptist Church from 7:00PM until 9:00PM on Sunday, November 3, 2019, and from 8:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Monday, November 4, 2019. Services conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.




Scripture Writing – November 2 – I Corinthians 1: 4-9




Thankfulness – November 2 – I am thankful for my heritage of common, hard-working people.  I’m thankful for the many good values that were were passed down.




Spend some time thanking God today.

Anna Lee


“People ought to enjoy every day of their lives,

no matter how long they live.” 

~Ecclesiastes 11:8 NCV~




Vernon E Crotwell

JULY 11, 1948 ~ OCTOBER 30, 2019 (AGE 71)


Mr. Vernon Crotwell, age 71, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2019.  Visitation will be held Friday, November 1, 2019 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm and Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 12:00pm until 1:45pm at Ott and Lee Funeral Services, in Morton, MS with services following at 2:00pm in Ott and Lee Services Chapel.  Officiating will be Reverend Earl Clark and Reverend Gary Wyatt.  Burial will follow at Independence Methodist Cemetery, in Morton, MS.

Vernon was born July 11, 1948 in Morton, MS.  He graduated from Morton High School in 1966.  He then attended East Central Community College and received a bachelor’s degree in 1972 from Delta State College.  Vernon was a kicker for the Morton Panthers and went on to kick for the East Central Warriors.  One of his most memorable football moments was kicking the winning extra point for the Panthers against the Bearcats his senior season.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, Bobbye R. and Frank Duncan and stepson, Derek Hudson.  Vernon is survived by his wife, Linda Crotwell of Morton, MS; his sons, Stan Crotwell of Forest, MS and Steven (Christy) Crotwell of Morton, MS; stepdaughter, Gera (Vince) Bynum of Morton, MS; sister, Becky (Cooper) Beard of Morton, MS; grandsons, Nicholas Crotwell and Hudson Bynum; granddaughters, Madison, Ema, Julia, Kimberly, and Katie Crotwell, Macy and Alley Hudson, and Adrian Hall; nieces, Jessica Burkes and Jerami Earls; nephew, Duncan Beard.

After graduating college, Vernon returned to Morton to assist coaching the Panthers before moving to Amite, LA, where he coached the Jackets of Oak Forest Academy.  In 1976, he became an insurance agent for Farm Bureau until his retirement in 2013.  Throughout his successful insurance career, he amassed numerous awards and honors.

Vernon was a strong supporter of education and athletics.  He served many years as president of the Morton Panther Booster Club.  He also served 29 years on the Board of Trustees for East Central Community College.

Vernon had a great love of the outdoors.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting the woods of Caney Creek and Vicksburg with his uncles, cousins, and his boys.  You could even catch him hunting with a granddaughter or two.

This time of year , filled with family and football, was a favorite for Vernon.  He could be found cheering on the Panthers, the Ole Miss Rebels, and his grandson at ERA.  Papaw, as his family knew him, loved his Nana and they together loved being surrounded by their many children and grandchildren.

In his later years, Vernon enjoyed talking politics and drinking coffee with the best guys in town at Sam’s Diner.

Honorary pallbearers will be Butch McLemore, Charlie Stroud, John Callahan, Buford Palmer, Tommy Harrell, Gaines Massey, Bert Atkison, Bobby Mitchner, Bill Rogers, and Billy Frank Alford.

Pallbearers will be Duncan Beard, Hudson Bynum, Vince Bynum, Nicholas Crotwell, Tom Geter, James (Spunky) Hawkins, David Livingston, and Nathan Wade.




Ronald Thomas Sessions

September 05, 1942 – October 30, 2019

Ronald Thomas Sessions, a resident of Independence, LA, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at his home. He was born September 5, 1942 in Baton Rouge, LA and was 77 years of age. He was a US Army Veteran of Vietnam and pipefitter for Union Local #198 in Baton Rouge for 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Mary Z. Sessions of Independence, LA; 3 daughters, Deanna Sessions-Mitchell of Jacksonville, FL, Staci Sessions Barksdale of Jacksonville, FL and Christy Sessions Kervin and husband David Kervin of Folsom, LA; 2 step-daughters, Christina Williams of Peoria, AZ and Stephanie Trapen of Independence, LA; 14 grandchildren, Micah Malnar, Jordan White and husband Oliver, Joshua Mitchell, Meghan Dranguet, Jamie Kate Mitchell, Brianna Taylor, Sarah Mitchell, Hailey Taylor, Anna Trapen, Kara Taylor, Jesse Mitchell, Nicholas Trapen, Cillian Kervin and Colin Kervin. Preceded in death by parents, Corrine and Jesse Sessions; wife, Carol Sessions; 2 brothers, Kendall Sessions and Jerry Sessions and wife Margaret; and son-in-law, Phillip Mitchell. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6:00PM until 9:00PM on Friday and from 9:00AM until religious services at 10:00AM Saturday, November 2, 2019. Services conducted by Pastor Bradley Bennett. Interment Greensburg Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.




Scripture Writing – Psalm 95: 1-7




November is the month of Thanksgiving.  I encourage you to consider the ways you are thankful by writing something each day and saving it in a journal or jar or by sharing it with someone special or even on social media.  Make an effort to list your blessings this November in whatever manor you choose.



Today, I am thankful I have Jesus as my Savior, my friend, my counselor, my guide, my teacher, and my great physician.  He is always faithful to me!

Anna Lee





Thursday Addition

The sun is shining, but the wind in blowing in colder weather.  Be prepared tonight!




Pray for our friend, Don Hammons of Arcola, as he prepares for some surgeries in the near future.




Buddy Morris has been undergoing tests in Ochsner Hospital in Baton Rouge.  He should be able to return home today.




Pray for Fay Gehringer and her sister, Sue Gill.  Fay has a vision problem.  Sue is recovering from a surgery she had Tuesday.




Kenneth Birch is having physical therapy and improving from knee surgery.  Please continue to keep him in your prayers.




Pray for Smiley Conerly and others who are seeing doctors and searching for answers.




I want to end my post by saying I had gamma knife brain surgery eight years ago.  I had no idea what my life was going to be like after that day.  I now know God had many things planned for my future!  I’m thankful for each day.  Each one is a blessing!

Tomorrow is the first day of November.  Let’s consider our blessings this month.  I’m sure your list is as long as mine.  Remember to be thankful in November all all year long!






My internet satellite keeps going our.  I’ll be brief now and post more later.


“Let us love one another,

for love comes from God.” 

~John 4:7 NIV~




Update on Josiah Huckaby

😎 How the cool kids watch TV in the hospital…you must have at least 1 arm & leg hanging out of the rails.

Josiah is back on his home vent settings & doing great with that! He’s down to 1L of oxygen. They are pretty sure the increased vent settings were due to his dehydration. We also found the cause of his GI issues. He tested positive for Norovirus. They said sometimes it just lingers a long time for some people. We tried to swap him back to our regular amount of water flushes we give at home but his labs went in the wrong direction. He also lost the 0.5 LB he had gained back over the last couple of days. They are putting him back on the increased water to see if that will correct the issue again. Once his electrolyte labs are stabilized we can go home! They are thinking early next week at the latest. To God be the glory!!!




Pray for Jimmy and Linda Williams  of Spring Creek.  Their youngest son, Rusty, passed away yesterday.  Rusty is no longer needs his wheelchair!




Scripture Writing – Choose your own verse(s) to write today.




I hope you are prepared for the cold front that is moving in today.  Do you know of someone who might need something?  Think of others today!




I’ll write more later when the rain passes through.

Anna Lee