(more) Children of My Youth

“…your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord!”

Tuesday morning, ETMC Henderson

“Is it a baby cow?” asked my two-year-old son Liam in a curious and fearful whisper, as we stood in the darkened office of the ultrasound technician, gazing up at the large monitor screen showing the shadowy silver and black undulating glimpses of the burgeoning life within my beloved’s womb.

The technician laughed politely, then showed us a rather obvious indication that our next child would be a son.

A son…  another son. To “quote” Eleanor of Acquitaine, I have too many sons. In the same way that I have too many gold bars lying around, or too much oceanfront property in Northern California.

In other words, can one have too many sons? I am wealthy in sons, a blessed man indeed to have been entrusted with such treasure.

Lord willing, my wife and I will welcome Roland Cecil Alexander into the world sometime in the late Winter. We shall call him “Xander” for short but his full name is a tribute to family and friends of ours that’ve passed on, as well a subtle tribute to one of my favorite poems.
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A Band of Gypsies

Overton natives Amie and Jolie Sikes are showcasing their homespun sense of style nationwide from deep in the heart of Texas. Like a wild Texas wind, the two sisters have been taken for a ride that has landed them with a television show on HGTV and a devoted fan base.

The duo are known together as the “Junk Gypsies” and they have quickly gained a loyal following among the social media savvy for their rebellious spirit and outside-the-box design philosophy — finding “junk” and using it to add flavor to homes. But don’t call them “antiquers” or “rummage pickers.” With a celebrity clientele spanning from Nashville to Hollywood, HGTV prefers to call them “treasure hunters who find beauty and value in items that would otherwise end up in the trash.”

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Monday Night Fellowship

Having been asked repeatedly over the last couple weeks about this Monday Night Fellowship small group I’ve started at my house, I feel obliged to make some brief mention of it here. The questions have ranged from the practical: “Is child-care provided?” to the more esoteric: “Just what is this all about?”

The answer to the former is easy: there’s no child care provided, but you’re welcome to bring your kids. However, the answer to the latter takes a bit more explanation.

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Mustangs cage Bearkats 50-14

What began as a taut defensive battle soon turned into a rout as the Mustangs (2-2) walloped the Cushing Bearkats (1-3) in Class 1A action. The Mustangs dominated every facet of the game in front of the homecoming crowd, scoring on defense as well as special teams.

“It was a big win on a big night,” said head coach/athletic director Arthur “Bo” Talkington. “They worked hard and played well, we’re glad to come away with the win.”

Overton’s offense was paced by a career night for senior quarterback Austin McCasland, who scored three touchdowns while rushing for 161 yards on 14 carries, and also had his best passing game of the season, going 5-for-6 with 89 yards.

“It means a lot to win on homecoming night as a senior,” he said. “The line did a great job up front creating holes and I just tried to make the most of them […] it was a great night.”

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Overton ISD to honor former coach

Coach Chester Roy Stadium is going to be re-dedicated 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 as work on the venue has now been completed. The stadium, named for former teacher and coach Chester Roy in a 2003 ceremony, was renovated as part of a $6.5 million bond issue that passed narrowly in 2009 and has only been opened to the public in recent weeks.

But school officials say now is the time to rededicate the facility and once again honor the life of the man who inspired and guided generations of Overton students. Roy’s widow, Mrs. Jackie Reddic Roy, will be a special guest of the event and family members will be in attendance as well.

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