This past Saturday our community came together to support our beautiful little park! In normal times, we would have had a fundraiser with everybody working together to raise much needed funds. Of course this year everything is different! With social distancing protocols in place, and masks worn by all, it was a way different day. At a normal Valley Home fundraiser a large group of dedicated community members would gather to raise needed funds. Community members would usually greet each other with hugs and handshakes, always eager to pitch in! Our community members work hard to raise funds for our school and our little park. This weekend was very different. It was interesting to watch our two young servers as they reacted to this new normal! Saturday I watched as two of our Valley Home youngsters, wearing masks, greeted folks and tried very hard to social distance. The thought occurred to me that while most of our youngsters do not question this new reality, I wondered what they must be thinking. I am so glad we live in this wonderful community where families still support each other, especially our children! Even though we could not be together for our park fundraiser, our community made sure our little park was taken care of. Meal tickets were purchased and paid for in advance. On Saturday cars lined up to pick up their country breakfast, it was just true Valley Home style, just some distance between us. As trucks and cars came into the parking lot, smiles, waves, and friendly laughter flowed freely! It was a great day. A special thank you to those who purchased tickets, those who gave very generous and much appreciated donations, and a big thank you to Dennis McCutheon for opening the school gym and our heartfelt appreciation to our Valley Home School Superintendent Debra Boggs for allowing the use of the school for outdoor breakfast pickup! What a wonderful place to live! Our community, although socially distanced, still worked together and raised $1,000 for park maintenance. We are blessed!
Today we would like to send a very special Birthday wish to Miss Halley Smith! Halley turned 21 years old this week! Happy, Happy Birthday Halley!
Best friend to all of us, and Valley Home School bus driver Bonnie sends her love to each of you. The following is a message from Bonnie to all of you: “I am prepared to fight this battle with my faith, my family, and my friends ... How can we lose with a team like that ... much love to you all, your cards have been amazing, they have been my lifeline ... be home soon. I love you all dearly.”
As always you may reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time, “Happy Trails to All!”