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And I Think to Myself-What a Wonderful World By Johanna Hicks

“And I Think to Myself – What a Wonderful World”

               Louis Armstrong had the right idea about noticing and appreciating the everyday occurrences when he penned the song, “What a Wonderful World.”  The song speaks of “trees of green, red roses too, all in bloom for me and you, skies of blue, clouds of white, bright blessed day, dark sacred night.”  Wouldn’t it be great if everyone would slow down, put away their electronic devices, and take time to simply observe the world around them?  There is so much for which to be thankful.

               The last two verses of “What a Wonderful World” say, “The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces of people going by, I see friends shaking hands saying ‘How to you do?’, They’re really saying ‘I love you.’ I hear babies crying, I watch them grow, They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know, and I think to myself, what a wonderful world.  Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”  I’m always reminding my audiences that today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders – we must teach them to live uprightly, be considerate, take responsibility, and be a good example.

               My husband and I have been blessed with a grandbaby who is now 8 months old, and of course, we are in awe of how a tiny human being can grow so quickly and take on a personality of her own!  It’s mind-boggling to think about all the things she will learn as the years pass.  We also know that she has a strong family to guide her, and she will someday step out on her own to be a contributing member of society.  Our prayer and desire is that she will take time to observe this wonderful world and make a difference for the better!

Congratulations to One of Our Own!

Our Extension Office Administrator, Barbara Sanders, was recently honored with the “Nice Person Award” through a local radio station.  Her heart for people is very evident, not only at work, but in the public eye, as well.  She does not seek attention, but her actions speak volumes!  If you missed it, here are the reasons she was selected:

1)  Barbara is a faithful Book Buddy at Sulphur Springs Elementary School every week.

2)  She does not hesitate to take a meal to a friend who is sick or to a friend who has had a death in the family.

3)  She helps the youth of her church by serving as a cook during the summer mission trips to Austin.

4)  She generously gives to Compassion International to “adopt” a child to help with physical and spiritual needs.

5)  She goes above and beyond to keep our crazy busy office flowing.

6)  She loves her grandchildren and always has wonderful stories to tell about them.  Her nieces and their families are also a source of joy for her.

7)  Barbara’s mom is a rock in our community, so it is no wonder that Barbara is following suit!

8)  And of course, her husband, Tommy, is a strong foundation.  They both love the Lord and exhibit their faith through their actions.

She is one of those people who makes this world a better place.  Congratulations to Barbara!

Do Well Be Well with Diabetes

               The spring 2018 diabetes series is on the calendar, and we are now taking registrations.  The dates are Mondays and Thursdays, April 9, 12, 16, 19, and 23 and all sessions will take place at the Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur Springs.  Two times are being offered to accommodate schedules of those wishing to attend, so pick the time that works best for you – 1:30 or 6:00 p.m.  A one-time fee of $25, payable at the first session, will cover materials, refreshments, door prizes, speakers, and all presentations.  Please call 903-885-3443 to sign up.

               If you are newly diagnosed, or simply need a refresher on diabetes management, please make it a priority to participate!  We’ll cover nutrition topics, as well as self-care topics, including checking your blood glucose, what your numbers should be, managing sick days, planning meals, identifying foods high and low in carbohydrates, and much more.

Closing Thought

We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children – that’s love.

Johanna Hicks
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Family & Consumer Sciences
1200-B W. Houston
P.O.Box 518
Sulphur springs, TX 75483
903-885-3443 – phone
903-439-4909 – Fax
[email protected]

Author: Savannah Everett

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