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52 Ancestors 2018 Edition: Week #2 Favorite Family Photo

If you are not familiar with the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt series created by Amy Johnson Crow, check out her website. Here's the link:

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…

Anna Maria Island 2019

Well, I've fallen off keeping up with my blog again. What's different this time is that I am not going to beat myself up for it. Life is about living and I've been doing a lot of that lately. I've been spending a lot of quality time with the family. The kids have doing wonderfully in their individual sports. After a busy season of games and competitions, the hubby, kids, and I are now enjoying some sun, fun and most importantly relaxation in Anna Maria Island, Florida. This is some much needed downtime. Here are some pictures from our vacation.

World Class Spring Challenge 2019

I am so behind on posting these pictures. It's been a busy competition season for our kids, with Noah and soccer and Alyssa with gymnastics. Every weekend it's been busy with something related to one or both kids. I am not complaining though. It's been an absolute joy being able to see them compete. 

Here's some pictures from the World Class Spring Challenge that took place on March 2, 2019 in Clifton Park, NY.

Bars:  8.150 Beam: 9.050 Vault: 9.425 Floor: 9.325 All Around: 35.950 3rd place! Team results: 2nd place!
I am on vacation so can I now take some time out to play catch up on my blog. Hooray! I'll be posting more later today or tomorrow.

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition --Week 9: At The Courthouse

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Week 9: At the Courthouse
What neat discoveries have you made at the courthouse? Or, do you have an ancestor who spent a lot of time at the courthouse, either as an official or as someone who ran afoul of the law?

I didn't actually have to go to the courthouse to find this map. Luckily, I was able to pull it up after doing a search on Specifically, I was reviewing through a court case regarding a property boundary dispute between Charles E. Mallett and Clifford Simpson of Craven County, NC when I came across it. Simpson and Mallett resided in Riverdale, NC, the hometown of my 3rd great grandfather Mortimer Mitchell. Now I have an even clearer understanding of what Mortimer's neighborhood was like. 

Mortimer Mitchell's land was located just a bit further …

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…