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A Little Boy's Story

The other night, I stumbled upon a little boy's story. Now that I think about it, it really is a story about how a family dealt with a terrible tragedy. I think it also is a story of how this little boy did not wish to be forgotten.

He snuck up on me late at night. I wasn't looking for him but he found me. Well, I had found his name on the census before and a death certificate, but he was really wasn't a person yet to me. He was just a name with some vague bits of information attached to it. He was a Hester. Specifically, his name was Cecil Ruth Hester. He was the son of Mott Hester Sr. and my 2nd great grand aunt, Sidney Bryant Hester of Morehead City, NC. Sidney Bryant Hester was one of my 2nd great grandmother Jonas Bryant's sisters.

Source Information: 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line].  Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.
 **Note on the 1910 census my Jonas Bryant was noted as Joanna and Jonas and Sidney's mother we…

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 this 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 …

A Year Since You Left

It's been a year since you left, Dad. Off you've gone on your next great journey. No need for luggage this time. I hope you left all that old baggage behind anyway. Stay light, stay free, stay true. Allow your heart to remain open. Love you.     

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition: Week 4 --I'd Like To Meet Frederica Augusta Inniss Murrell

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 4: I'd Like to Meet
Which ancestor would you most like to meet? 

I'd like to meet Frederica Augusta Inniss Murrell. Who was she and why would I like to meet her? Well she was my paternal great grandmother. She was born in St Philip Parish, Barbados probably sometime around 1870. She was the mother of my grandfather Harold Osmond Fitzherbert Murrell. My grandfather was a very sweet gentle spirit and I am truly blessed to have known him. I imagine that some of that sweetness he must have inherited from his mother. I would love to ask her questions about her own childhood but of greater interest to me would be to learn more about her connection to her son. 

Lastly, I could then figure out for certain if this portrait that I inherited last year is of her. You can read ab…


This little baby turned into  ....
...this handsome young man who is now taller than his father.
Happy Birthday Noah! Love you to the moon and back.

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition: Two Women Named Jonas

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Week Three: Strange Name

On it's own, I don't find the name Jonas to be strange.  I think the meaning of the name is quite beautiful. According to Wikipedia, the name Jonas is of Hebrew origin meaning dove, peaceful being, accomplishing, and a gift from God. It's a common male name in some countries but it is unusual to find women with this name. I happen to have two women in my family tree who were named Jonas. 

The first was my maternal 2nd great grandmother Jonas Bryant. She was born March 15, 1867 in Carteret County, NC. You can read more about her life here.

Jonas Castleman Johnson Barco July 25, 1932--March 12, 2017
My other relative named Jonas was Jonas Castlemann Johnson Barco. She was my 1st cousin 2x removed. She was born on July 25, 1932 in Morehead City, N…

Janet Rothenberg 2019 --Another Solid Performance

Thankfully, the Winter weather held off long enough for my daughter and I to make it to Mt. Pocono, PA this past weekend. No problems getting there on Saturday. Coming back, I was very thankful that I was among a caravan of folks traveling on I-81N behind a salt truck. Thank you Mr. Salt Truck for allowing us to make it home safely. How did ladybug do? She had a real solid performance and she even made a new personal best in vault of 9.450! Woohoo!

Looking a little worried. Cheer up ladybug, you got this. 

5th place on beam. Awesome job!

Here's another sweet picture. This was for all around. Alyssa tied for 9th place with one of her teammates while another teammate came in 7th on her left.
Her scores:
Vault: 9.450   Bars:  8.800   Beam:  8.800 Floor:  9.000 All around:  36.050
Awesome job, sweetie :)