Deep Roots (Part 6) – Home, Sweet Home

Homes that have been in a family for generations are precious things, in my opinion. They should be cherished and preserved for future generations whenever possible. Too often these days, most families can’t afford to keep these grand old homes; they sell and move on. And sometimes these homes are abandoned and not properly maintained […]

Deep Roots – Old Homestead & Cemetery (Part 5 in a series)

On July 2nd of this year I set out for Virginia for the funeral of my second cousin (blog post about her here).  Although it was a sad occasion, it did afford me the opportunity to visit my Virginia family and some ancestral sites again.  I get an amazing feeling of peace and belonging when I’m […]

Gone too soon

This past Sunday I lost a family member and a friend. My second cousin passed suddenly and unexpectedly. She and I emailed each other often, and I had just spent that morning going through family photographs and emailed her a batch of them shortly before noon.  Shortly after three o’clock that afternoon I received word […]

Deep Roots – Stepping Back in Time (Part 4 in a Series)

With my husband and son, as well as camera, camcorder, cassette recorder, and laptop loaded in the van, off we went to meet, for the first time, my Dad’s Uncle James in Virginia in August, 1996. The drive would take fully a day and a half. I was both nervous and excited, having never done […]

Growing Season! Checking in on the Growing Project

After catching the bug to grow things this spring, two weeks ago I decided start a little science experiment and try growing celery, garlic, and green onions from kitchen scraps. And I also bought some seed for zinnia, sunflower, cucumber, green beans, and tomato and planted them in a seed starter. What a difference a few […]