A long time has transpired....JOURNAL NOTES

2008 was a great year for the Cantrells...busy, busy, busy and we would have it no other way!

In January, we did the cruise for Ladies at Sea and enjoyed the company of our four daughters (Jane, my daughter-in-law counts as one, your know). The eleven oldest grand-daughters went as well. It was wonderful!

Kandy and I spoke at a Mother-Daughter event near Athens. Always a special SPECIAL time to be with her and also share with other women.

February: Zachary graduated from "boot camp" at Paris Island and his many admirers (including Wes and Bernadine) enjoyed being there immensely. It is a touching time with family and friends and watching our BOYS taking those important steps to being a full-fledged Marine.

Wes spoke at the CEO luncheon that Johnson Ferry Baptist sponsors while I was teaching at EXCEL in Dallas, TX. We both worked the Men's Conference at FBCW and Wes taught two breakout sessions. The following week he spoke at Anderson College in S.C. and we stayed with his sister and brother-in-law, Joanna and Sam.

is always a fabulous experience...Wes and I call it the "Preach Off" because you hear one great message after another and think to yourself..."Surely it can't get better than this."

March: A weekend spent with Focus on the Family in Naples, Fla. Great speakers and much stimulus for vision of what God is up to!

We both did live television interviews at different times in April
on the Family Net.

Bernadine taught at a Ladies' Retreat at Big Canoe for Goshen Bapt. Church. What a lovely setting and with a lovely group of ladies!

Horatio Alger is a time of celebration in Washington, D.C. - renewing friendships and making new friends. We have enjoyed our membership with this group for eight years now.

We drove to Louisiana for our (it seems like annual now) trip to the Corkern union and visited with friends and family, going and staying.

T.E.A.R. banquet...best yet!

May: This month brought graduation rejoicing with Morgan Bethea and Natalie Kimbrough. So proud of those girls.

June: It seemed we had our house sold - but only for a short time. We are now appreciating this home anew!

Jamey turned 50 years old on June 14th. We could hardly believe! She, also, achieved a dream - her Master's from Bob Jones University.

July: A week of Cantrell Clan vacation at the beach. Always the same, but always different. Jane suffered with a gallbladder attack and ended up in the local hospital, surgery, and a longer stay over than planned. Praise the Lord for healing!

August: My cousin, Minnie Newell Henson died and I drove down to Louisiana for the funeral. Grand-daughters, Natalie K. and Meredith Wood went with me. What delightful young women; they made me smile through my tears.

September: Values, Voter Summit at the Hilton, Washington, D.C. Wes spoke in Columbia, S.C. to a group of S.C. Public Relations Association. We appreciated the pleasant driving, visiting with Joanna and Sam, and making new friends.

October: Bernadine attended the Focus on the Family luncheon at Piedmont Driving Club.

LOVELOUD PROJECT with the church...we were project managers. Our S.S. class and other loving volunteers served three different adult retirement centers with their individual needs.

Another week for Bernadine in Dallas, Tx. teaching EXCEL. Always a blessing!
Drove to for a visit and attending a cousin's wedding.

We both attended the Deeper Conference at our church.

November: 3:16 Conference, two plays, football games, Faith Family banquet and our BIG week of Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration with all the Cantrell clan.

December: Bridesmaids' Brunch to honor Callie Brannen...wedding on the 20th. And a quiet time to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: Throughout the year...Celebrating each grandchild's birthday, each child's birthday, sports events with one of the grands participating, recitals with the Grands performing, events with our church and on and on!