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Happy Birthday In Heaven, Dad!

Although you aren't here physically, I can definitely feel your presence, dad. You would be pleased to know that your grandson is a chip off the old block. He's built like you when you were young. He has broad shoulders and muscle. Even mom commented on how Noah has your calves. He's about six feet tall now. You would be pleased to know that your watch fits him perfectly now. 

Happy Birthday In Heaven, Dad! Miss you.

Happy Father's Day In Heaven, Dad!

Happy Father's Day In Heaven, Dad! Love you.

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to my lovely husband and to all the wonderful dads out there. Make some memories today :)

Amanuensis Monday: Charity Ambrose Deed to Mt. Olive Methodist Church

At last, some genealogy right?!! LOL. I decided to jump back into things with an Amanuensis Monday post. I have to thank a fellow genealogy friend of mine who helped me out a couple of months ago, Nathaniel Glasgow. He brought to my attention a deed which documents the sale of about an acre land from a woman named Charity Ambrose  to the trustees of Mt. Olive AME Zion Church in Riverdale, NC. Guess who's listed among the trustees. My maternal 3rd great grandfather and his son, Mortimer and Alfred Mitchell. 

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     Craven County

This deed made this 6th day of November in the year 1893 by Charity Ambrose of the first part of Craven County, and Mortimer Mitchell, Charles F. Hall, Anthony Dennis,  Edward Hooker, Killis Green, David Sampson, Phillis Borden, Ezekial Pastuer, and A. F. Mitchell of Craven County and State of North Carolina of the second part , Trustees of the Mt. Olive Church, African Methodist Episocpal Zion Church in America of No. 6 Township Craven …

Spring Concerts

It's that time of the year again. That's right, Spring concerts. Both kids demonstrated their viola playing skills in concert. They have come a long way since the days of playing songs like "Hot Cross Buns."

Sometimes, I just can't get over how much they've grown up.

LOL! Yup, I Forgot My Blogiversary Again.

LOL! Yup, I did it again. That's three years in a row I've forgotten my blogiversary.. That's all right. Life has been beautifully busy. You probably have noticed that I haven't posted in a while. I decided that I needed to take a break from posting to just live. You know what it's been a blessing. I feel refreshed.

I began this blog on May 30, 2011 to document my genealogy findings regarding my family. So many stories and people I have discovered along the way. Every story has taught me something. My first post, Okay...Here We Go! LOL was an example of me taking a leap of faith. Trying something new can be incredibly scary. A journey however begins by taking a single step and so I began. 

So many steps later, here I stand. I may not write as often but believe me, I am still researching and making discoveries. I love genealogy and that will always be a part of me. 

What's great about a blog is that you can go back and revisit the places you've been. Since so m…

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

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 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
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:

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.