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January 16, 2014
Elaine Cole , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

We had a January thaw last weekend, but winter returned this week bringing us wind and colder temperatures. That's typical for us this time of year. We spent Saturday afternoon attending four Sherman Wildcat basketball makeup games. The ladies and also the men's teams were victorious and we congratulate them and their coaches. If you haven't gone to any of their games I suggest you attend one of them. We are proud of our players and congratulate them and their coaches for their diligence whether they win or lose. I believe playing sports, and other similar activities, play an important part in the life of youths. It teaches them that life is not always as they say, "a bowl of cherries." It's as important to learn how to lose gracefully as it is when they win.

Speaking of extra curricular activities, I'm reminded that sometimes it interferes with family life and that too is important. The word family has been described as a place where character is formed, values are learned and ethics are created. It's a deeply rooted tree with branches of different strength all receiving nourishments from an infinite source. It also is where holidays are celebrated with feasting, birthdays are acknowledged, and thoughts of yesteryear with fond remembrances.

A family is where each can find solace and comfort in grief, pleasure and laughter in joy, and kindness and encouragement in daily living. It is a haven of rest, a sanctuary of peace, and most of all, a harbor of love.

When one can create and sustain environments of healthy child development in their children, they are more likely to become competent and caring adults.

Most folk recognize that many of today's families do not share the togetherness that families once did. I believe that it is in part because there are too many outside activities that draw parents and children away from the home. Many times homes become merely a place to sleep and sometimes eat. There's also a business and individuals go their separate ways leaving little time for their family. Home should be a place where character is built and where sacrifices are made for other family members.

One of the most important things that I believe makes a happy and successful family is love for one another. As God has said, without love we have nothing. That does not refer to the mushy kind of love, but the kind that God demonstrated when He died on the cross for all man's sin, thereby providing Salvation for all who repent and believe in Him.



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