Is it Summer Yet?

By Ralphine Major Almost! The sights and sounds indicate as much, and the calendar is catching up. The official start of summer happens this week, June 20. Jesus even mentioned the season in Matthew 24:32: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know […]

I Think of Fathers

By Ralphine Major While mothers are usually considered the ones who nurture our families, I think of fathers as the backbones of our families.  The summer holiday almost midway between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July is the day set aside as Father’s Day to honor our fathers.  They have traditionally been the  breadwinners […]

A hidden gem in Gibbs

A hidden gem in Gibbs

By Ralphine Major It was a backyard gathering at a place I had never been before.  I could hear the children’s laughter as they ran and played.  Folks were sitting in lawn chairs under a big shade tree.  I imagined that it was a scene much like in the day of the Nicholas Gibbs family. […]

A Day of Remembering

By Ralphine Major Growing up, I remember hearing the adults talk about how fast time flies! Back then, I thought it passed rather slowly. Now, I appreciate their remarks. As I look at where we are in the calendar year, it is hard to believe Memorial Day is already here! Some call it Decoration Day. […]

The fireflies are coming!

By Ralphine Major “In the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, a young boy enjoys the wonder of a hot, summer night catching fireflies.  However, these are unique fireflies.  It is the synchronous firefly.  On the other side of the world, a young boy from Southeast Asia enjoys the same thrills of the fireflies on […]


By Ralphine Major It is still one of the most celebrated holidays.  The day our nation has set aside to honor mothers is appropriate for the month of May when springtime is at her best.  The weather is warming, and flowers are blooming.  As in years before, this season is also seeing its share of […]

H – A – N – N – A – H

H – A – N – N – A – H

By Ralphine Major Her name can be spelled backwards and still be correct.  That is no problem for Hannah, who can spell a ton of other words besides her name.  Hannah, a fourth grader, won the spelling bee at Gibbs Elementary School this year by correctly spelling “montage!”  Her win should not have been a […]

Caring, Concerned, Committed

By Ralphine Major “She has cared for her family members unceasingly. She is concerned for the spiritual and physical welfare of those in need. She is committed to assisting others and sharing Christ with everyone she meets.” Yvonne Piercy, Director of Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, recently described Jeannette Thomas in […]

Harmony and Hymns III

Jeannette Thomas and Joyce Clark preparing for a mission trip to Appalachia, courtesy of David and Melba Hill

Harmony and Hymns III

By Ralphine Major Margie and Walter Maples shared one experience that stands out in TOTS’ memory when they participated in one of the Appalachian Enterprise mission trips to needy areas led by Mrs. Jeannette Thomas. This particular two-day mission was to a small church in the coal mining area of West Virginia. Somehow, communications with […]

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