Showing posts from 2019

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. 

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…

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.