An Attitude of Gratitude

November – The Month of Thanksgiving Thanksgiving – The word evokes so many mental images: dinners with extended family and way more food than we needed; the annual football game…

Autumn – The Season of Many Colors

October, the true beginning of Autumn Autumn is a season of mixed emotions. It is usually a time of natural beauty as the leaves change colors and squash and pumpkins dominate…

Summer Ends – Autumn Begins

SEPTEMBER   The end of summer and the beginning of fall.       This year is flying by. We’ve had an amazingly mild summer with cooler than usual weather and more…

Back to School Daze

AUGUSTAccording to the calendar, we are in the middle of summer and yet school is starting again for another year. This week I will be heading back to work in…

Just getting acquainted

Hello, my name is Joyce Valdois Smith. I live in Republic, MO. I’ve been married to my sweetheart, Bob for 47 years. We have 4 married children; Kelly and Joice…