Sweet Lorane Community News, December 14, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 14, 2017
By Pat Edwards

Last week, I selected two angels off of the Angel Tree that resides at the Lorane Family Store. I always try to choose one for a boy and one for a girl. My husband Jim, not usually known for his participation in our family’s gift-giving, decorating, gift-wrapping or helping to fix the Christmas meal, really looks forward to selecting a special gift for the boy “angel” each year. I oversee the selection for the girl. We always go together to buy these gifts and it’s fun to see the joy he gets in finding the perfect gift according to the instructions given on the felt angel. This year, he knew exactly what he was going to give the 14-year-old young man. I, on the other hand, had to do a bit of searching and making some creative choices for the 9-year-old girl I was buying for, but we both felt really good at the end of our shopping trip.

If you haven’t experienced the joy of giving in this way, please consider making sure that each of the Lorane and Crow children whose families are experiencing hard times this year have a special gift under their tree. The Angel Trees in the Crow-Applegate-Lorane school district are in place right now at the Lorane Family Store and the Crow Middle/High School gymnasium. New angels are placed on the trees often until everyone on the list has a gift. I’m sure there’s one just waiting for you right now.
The food boxes are also placed in area stores and organizations in Lorane. Let’s make sure that these families in need have food on the table, as well.

Jim and I attended another Creswell Middle School choir concert last Tuesday night. I was absolutely amazed at their rendition of “Carol of the Bells.” It’s the carol where two or three different groups sing different parts at the same time. The choir was spot-on! Good job!

I missed out on seeing our son Rob, grandson Kevin and two of our granddaughters, Linsey Haxby and Hayley Kau play in the Crow High School Alumni Basketball tournament on December 9. For those who have known me a long time, you know that, through the decades, I very seldom ever missed a game or meet in which our own “kids” and grandkids participated. I wouldn’t have missed this one either, but there was no way I could get away from the two author tables/booths I was running at the Lane County Fairgrounds that day. Jim was there to represent us both, but I had to be there in spirit only. At least I had the biggest day ever in selling books. It was some consolation, but not a lot.

I finished baking about 10 dozen sugar cookie cut-outs today for our grandkids—and now, great-grands—who will be decorating them on Saturday. It’s become a tradition for all of us… and so much fun!

For some reason, this year I’m feeling the holiday spirit for the first time in a long time. I think that many of us find ourselves feeling overwhelmed with all of the activities surrounding the holidays. We tend to pile on more than we are really comfortable with. I am no exception.

Let’s all strive to make the holidays truly joyful this year.

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