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Christmas Gift Idea: Sweetness Follows

Dec 20, 2012

Posted on December 20, 2012 by Meredith Johnson Best friends Sam Lane and Andrew Houston graduated from First Presbyterian Day School and Jackson Prep together, and then moved to Athens to attend the University of Georgia. One Friday afternoon of their junior year, Sam was riding his bike in an organized ride to raise bicycle awareness when he was hit by a drunk driver and sustained life-threatening injuries. Although doctors did not believe Sam would make it through the night, he survived but faced weeks and weeks of difficult recovery. After a five-week coma and a two-month stay at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, Sam has proven a fighter and is a true miracle. Andrew’s mother Katy visited Sam and his family regularly –but wanted to do more. She decided to put her love and background of cooking to work – and baked a different homemade dessert to deliver to Sam and the Lanes every Monday morning. This became a weekly tradition that continued for the lengthy recovery – 62 total weeks until Sam moved to Oxford to continue his studies at Ole Miss. To tell the story of Sam and all who loved and cared for the entire Lane family, Katy compiled the recipes of the treats of the week – plus more – and published them in a cookbook Sweetness Follows. “The reception of the publication of this cookbook has been overwhelming,” says Katy. “It has, again, been such a testimony to the love and support of Sam and the Lane family. I personally have enjoyed all of the book signings, interviews, etc. because it has again given me an opportunity to be with Sam.  His quick wit and humor never ceases to amaze me. It is just a pleasure to be around him again.” This tribute was truly a team effort. Friends of Katy met on a weekly basis to receive recipes to test and evaluation forms to use for suggestions and selections such as different sauces or other elements.  Katy’s friend Patty Roper styled the food for beautiful photographs taken by Greg Campbell. Sweetness Follows became available in early October, and Katy and Sam have made multiple stops around Jackson signing books – and they have even made a trip to Athens for a book signing. Portions of the proceeds from the book will be given to the Wilson Research Foundation at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson. The book is available at bookstores and gift stores around town, online at as well as in the First Presbyterian Church bookstore. “The page in the cookbook that is my very favorite is the collage of photos of Sam and Andrew,” says Katy. “The one of Sam sporting that hat and Andrew with his toothless grin was taken during one of the many wonderful years spent at First Presbyterian Day School.”

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Teacher/ Alumni Spotlight: Margaret Minor Harvey

Dec 12, 2012

Posted on December 12, 2012 Many of the major milestones in Margaret Harvey’s life have happened right here at First Presbyterian. Not only was she baptized and married at the church, but she even met her husband John in the parking lot. She attended kindergarten through sixth grade at the Day School, is a Day School parent – and for the third year, she can add Day School kindergarten teacher to the list. “I was born at Baptist Hospital and graduated from Millsaps College,” she says. “This little block of Jackson is right where I want to be.  There is nowhere else I’d rather be than at FPDS.” Margaret credits her second grade teacher Mrs. Judy Hand for her own desire to be a teacher, and her memories as a student at FPDS are vivid. “I was the ‘L’ in ‘candle’ in the first grade play, and a juggler in the kindergarten circus,” she says. “I can still sing most of the songs from the plays.” As a parent, Margaret says she wanted her children – Anne Clark, a seventh grader at Jackson Prep, and Jack, a third grader here at FPDS – to have what she was blessed to have…the ability to handle life from a Christian perspective and the foundation of a Biblical worldview. “The hearts of the people here belong to Jesus – not just the teachers but the administration and all of the staff. The teachers here teach my children how they would want their own children to be taught.” And now as a teacher, Margaret prays that Jesus would be shown in her classroom. “I strive to share Jesus’ love with my students every day – in teaching them the Bible and how to read it, teaching them to pray, and teaching them to be kind.” Her class verse echoes her prayer – Ephesians 4:32 – Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven you. Drop by Mrs. Harvey’s classroom on a Friday, and you might catch this former tennis, basketball and cross country star in her pajamas on “P” Day or camouflage for “C” Day. “I am so thankful for the foundation of a Christian education,” she says. “And for the privilege to be able to pass on what my wonderful teachers taught me.” Mrs. Harvey’s Class

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