Monterey Matters: Family grows and comes together

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By Dana Burke

First of all I’d like to say, I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.
Ours was wonderful. I can honestly say that it was the best Labor Day I have ever had.
Kirby was home for a weekend visit. While at home, he was able to welcome his new baby girl Danielle Grace Rowland into this world as well.
Danielle or “Dani” arrived Friday, Sept. 2, at 6:52 p.m. in Frankfort. She weighed 8 pounds, 8.5 ounces and was 20 inches long.
She is a beautiful little girl if I say so myself. It is still too early to tell, but there were lots of folks saying how much she looked like her daddy. One can only imagine how Kirby felt about that. Jade and Dani are both at home in Lawrenceburg with her mom and are doing well.
Thanks to all of you for all your kind words and well-wishes for Kirby and his new family. I was so very proud of him. He was such a trooper, hanging in there and doing the new daddy stuff that needed to be done. I know “Granny Joyce” was smiling down on all of us.
As many of you know, back in July Kirby joined “Bluegrass Challenge,” a wonderful program located in Fort Knox that has helped him and many others become better adults by helping them make better decisions in life.
A friend named Bill and I were recently talking about how we dropped off our boys only to pick up men later.
I pray that when the sons return, they will bring back with them all the great things they’ve had an opportunity to learn.
On to other news:
Our family got together Sept. 4 at the Monterey Park for our annual Atha family reunion.
There were 73 members there this year. That’s quite a lot of people considering all we have lost over the last years.
The day before the reunion, Dixie rented a big play-and-slide thing for the kids.
All the kids seemed to be really enjoying this. One of our family members even brought me a little something that used to belong to the late Annabelle Lawrence. I was honored to have received this and am very thankful to you for doing so, Betty.
Betty also gave me an update on their great niece April, the daughter of John and Debbie Enos and the granddaughter of the late Nelson and Jo Ann Harrod.
Betty wanted to say that April has gotten to do quite a bit of traveling these days and is still currently serving in the U.S. Navy band.
April is stationed in Naples, Italy. We wish her much happiness and pray for her safety as she and others defend our country.
Jan Riddle recently e-mailed me with some news about her family that I’d like to share with you as well.
Jan was telling me she recently took her sister Clara and her husband Dallas Kelly out to eat at Johnny Carino’s for their birthdays. They both had birthdays in August. She said they had a really good visit and the food was great. She really enjoyed their time together.
She said the family had also planned an upcoming reunion set for Sept. 3. She has since gotten back to me on this as well.
Jan writes: The family of Amos Prather Sr. recently held its annual family reunion Sept. 3 at the Kelly farm in Shelby County. There were about 65 people there. Everyone seemed to have a good time even though it was very hot.  They played games and Dallas took everyone on a hayride. Some didn’t go on the hayride this year because of the heat. I had planned on going on the hayride this time but didn’t because of the heat.. There was a lot food there, however, we didn’t have to take much home. I went back home with three empty dishes and three empty gallon drink pitchers. Silas gave the blessing this year and we all had good fellowship with our family. We had some people who came in from Illinois and all over Kentucky.  My great-nephew who lives in Miami, Fla., didn’t make it this time. His wife had passed away about a month ago with cancer at the age of 38. He has a 7-year-old son now to raise by himself. My nephew who lives in Ocala, Fla., didn’t make it either. He just had surgery.
We all had a good time and are looking forward to the next one.
Thanks for sharing your news with us Jan.
Please continue to keep all our sick in your thoughts and prayers.