By Don Lowe Long-time McDonald County, Missouri, resident Cheryl Franklin is right at home in founding and organizing the Ozarks Homesteading Expo, which first began four years ago in Neosho and will host its fourth consecutive gathering in Marshfield, Missouri,...
By Don Lowe There are so many families who enjoy the festive holiday tradition of going out and finding just the right Christmas tree to celebrate a joyful season. Those special memories are what led to opening Bridgestone Christmas Tree Farm about 12 years ago, and...
Is your holiday spirit ready to soar this season? Or are you feeling a little overwhelmed by all there is to do to make the magic happen this year? Head to the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex to kick off the season in style with some new twists on...
By Don Lowe The Cornerstone Bank has flourished throughout Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas for 125 years. As their team recently gathered to celebrate the important milestone, leadership recognized character, consistency, and competency as keys to the bank’s ability...
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From the Publisher
Embracing the Seasons
Remember how Christmas felt as a child surveying gifts wrapped in pretty paper? Filled with anticipation, we wondered, What’s this one? Did they remember how much I wanted ______?
Waiting can be hard. And maybe even harder in our current culture of instant gratification.
As adults, our waiting seasons can feel more like wrestling with unknowns than gleefully counting down the days. We, too, have questions:
When will this change? Will I ever get to be a _____? Does God even hear my prayers?
If you find yourself in a waiting season this Christmas, may I encourage you that although it may not look or feel like it, God knows and He cares about every detail of our lives. His timing and answers may not align with our preferences, but He is always working according to His good and perfect will. Christmas is a reminder that God comes through on His promises. The birth of Jesus, the promised Messiah, is our greatest cause for celebration! On page 46, we have a special devotional that reflects on this “Gift Beyond Description.”
Seasons of waiting can also be times of growth. Farmers understand that after planting, there’s a period when we can’t see what’s happening beneath the surface. Some roots grow deep and strong during the cold winter months of dormancy. Cheryl Franklin, a leader in the homesteading movement, has a passion for sharing the lessons she’s learned on her family’s farm in McDonald County. Learn more about how Cheryl started a local homesteading expo that reaches thousands, beginning on page 47.
Other highlights from our McDonald County section (page 53), include inspirational interviews with local business leaders, the new superintendent of schools, as well as two teachers who overcame tremendous health challenges to get back in the classroom.
Of course, our December issue would be incomplete without highlighting the many gift ideas and unique offerings available from local retailers and businesses, including those on our Holiday Wish List starting on page 31. Let’s remember to shop and dine locally this Christmas and keep our resources in the Four States!
We’d also like to thank you—our readers and advertisers—for your ongoing support and another wonderful year for our small business! We’re excited for 2024 and the new opportunities and new growth ahead.
From our SMTO families to yours, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”
Chonda Ralston, Publisher/Editor