What a month October turned out to be!
In the top picture, I’m visiting with Randy Travis and Loretta Lynn at the Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony. Both my friends have had some heavy health issues recently, but neither has lost their ability to smile. Nor their love for each other.
My Opry family helped me celebrate my 80th birthday on stage four days prior to my actual birth date. From left to right: Mo Pitney, John Conlee, Connie Smith, Steve Wariner, Jan Howard, me, Don Schlitz, Opry manager Sally Williams, Jeannie Seely, and Mark Wills. Riders In The Sky honored me as well, but disappeared when it was time to take pictures!
My real family was there too: L. to R. Greta, Hallie, Blake, Beth, Gabe, Sophie, Vickie Salas, me, Jamey, Jenni, Nick, and Grant. My daughter Terri was listening on her iPad in the hospital.
What’s a birthday party without someone cutting the cake? Sally Williams was nervous when I picked up the big knife with my left hand, but was smiling when I managed to slice off the first piece and none of my fingers. The top layer was chocolate, the bottom layer vanilla, and both layers were delicious!