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52 Ancestors 2018 Edition: Week #2 Favorite Family Photo

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The prompt this week is "Favorite Photo." Tell the story of the people, place, and event in a favorite photo. Where did the photo come from? Who has the original now? How did you get a copy of it?

I have many family photos that I treasure. Who can pick just one? Well for this post I had to do just that. To tie this in with my post from week #1, I chose a picture of my maternal grandmother and her siblings. Years ago, I scanned a ton of pictures from my mother's collection. This was one of them. 

Pictured from left to right:  Eloise, Loris, Ray, Mary, and Rosa
If you missed Week #1's prompt, click here.  Ophelia Jones Bryant of Morehead City NC was my maternal great grandmother. She married my great grandfather Frank Bryant in 1911 and together they had seven childre…

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition -Week 8: Family Photo

Harold and Ethel Murrell
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I was sorting through more photographs that I inherited from my dad today. This one's really special because it's another view from my paternal grandparents' wedding day. If you missed their other portrait, here's the link: Wordless Wednesday: My Paternal Grandparents Wedding Photo. Harold and Ethel's marriage license revealed a very cool surprise. You can read about that here.

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition -Week 7: I Love Creating Art With Family Pictures

Pictured from left to right:  Rosa Jones, Ophelia Bryant, Mary Horton, Brenda Murrell, Andrea Kelleher and my kids Noah and Alyssa.
I am still playing catch up on the 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks Challenge. If you are new to it, be sure to check out Amy Johnson Crow's website for more information. Here's the link: 

Week 7: Love
Valentine's Day is this week, but that doesn't mean you have to focus on romantic love. Besides the ancestral love stories, you could share an ancestor who you love to research. Are there any "love" names in the family tree, like Lovie or Valentine? (Come to think of it, "Amy" is based in Latin meaning "beloved"... ) 

I decided to take this week's prompt and put my own spin on it. I created a piece of art using family photos and an image I found online at Pixabay and I absolutely love the result. I used the online photo editor PicMonkey to make this creation. A …

Have To Make Time For Art

I am feeling the itch to get back to some painting. It's been a couple of months. My husband and I have been in the thick of competition season for both kids with their sports: soccer and gymnastics. It's been wonderful seeing them compete but part of me is longing for some quiet time at home so I can recoup my energy. I think I'll try and squeeze in some painting time after the kids head out for school in the morning. In the meantime, here's a couple of things I painted in the fall. 

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2019 Edition --Week 6: Surprise! They Had Another Child.

If you are new to the 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks Challenge, be sure to check out Amy Johnson Crow's website for more information. Here's the link: 

Week 6: Surprise
What is something surprising that you've found in your research? What is a surprise that one of your ancestor's had? Have you found something in a surprising place?

Back in May of 2016, I was surprised to discover another child of my maternal 3rd great grandparents Cesar and Mary Jones. His name was Carolina Hauckins. He was born February 23, 1844 in Onslow County, NC enslaved to a man who's surname was "Hauckins or Hawkins" You can read more about how I discovered Carolina in these posts: 

Carline, Are You Mine?

His Name was Carolina Hauckins -- Part One 

His Name Was Carolina Hauckins --Part Two 

His Name Was Carolina Hauckins --Part Three

Finding Carolina, reminded me that in any family that there are children that move away from where a famil…

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition: Week 5 --I Found Betty H. Reynolds at the Library.

I am a little bit behind on these prompts so I am going to bust out two posts today and maybe another two tomorrow. We'll see what happens.  If you are new to the 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks Challenge, be sure to check out Amy Johnson Crow's website for more information. Here's the link: 

Week 5: At the Library
Some ways you could interpret this theme include: an ancestor that you discovered while researching at the library; an ancestor who was a librarian or an author; an ancestor who had a large book collection; an ancestor who you picture being in a library; or maybe a relative who took you to the library. 

Years ago, I took advantage of a great online source for tracking down ancestors in Craven County, NC. If you are not familiar with the resources available at the New Bern-Craven County Public library's Kellenberger room, check out for yourself what they have available here. I was able to obtain a couple of obit…

2019 NY Cup Gymnastics Invitational

This past weekend my husband and I enjoyed watching our daughter compete in the 2019 NY Cup Gymnastics Invitational at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. She achieved a new personal All Around Best of 36.300. Awesome job Alyssa!

Beam Routine:  9.050 -10th place
Floor Routine:  9.40 -4th place
Vault:  9.250 -9th place
Bars routine:  8.6  -9th place

All Around Score:  36.300 6th place

We are very proud of our girl.  Her team had a great competition too. They came in 1st place.
Great job, ladies!


Yesterday, it was a year since my father's funeral. Last night, my husband and I attended my son's high school orientation. Feels like time is on overdrive these days. Live each day to it's fullest. Tell your family that you love them. Time stops for no one, so live your life y'all! :)

I don't know what other folks believe in but I believe that sometimes while we are living our lives we get little visitations from those who have passed on. People show up in dreams. You may all of the sudden feel their presence while doing day to day activities. You'll see a mannerism or expression in your kids that reminds you of something your departed loved one would do. When these moments happen to me, I make it a special point now to acknowledge them. I say thank you. It's like a special nod or wink from someone on the other side.

Anyway, a couple of months ago I had a visitation while I was painting. I am not a trained artist. I enjoy dabbling with paints and seeing what…