Notes from the past…


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"It's beginning to smell a lot like TURKEY…!"

(This was originally a private post, but I can now make this official, as my daughter has posted the wonderful news on her MySpace page!)

The above sung to the tune of “It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas”. :)

I have been up since 5AM, the turkeys went into the oven at 5:20 AM, and my house smells WONDERFUL! As I speak, my cats are sitting on the kitchen floor in front of the oven with those FEED ME! looks on their furry little faces. Last night, I baked a cake, a pie and the cornbread.

Did you catch the term “turkeys”? This year I’m cooking 2 turkey breasts, a total of about 17 lbs to feed 6 people. Why so much? My youngest daughter has requested enough turkey “for two”…. Yes, there is another grandchild on the way! (P.S. SUSAN- DON’T SAY ANYTHING, DEB HASN’T TOLD ANYONE, YET :) ) This will be my second grandchild. My first (and for so many years only) grandchild Stacie will be 12 years old by the time her new brother or sister arrives. Quite a gap there…I never thought I would have another grandchild. So we are all very excited and THANKFUL around here. We’re crossing our fingers already, though. Stacie almost didn’t arrive, as my daughter almost miscarried twice and then Stacie was born 8 weeks early. Unfortunately, my daughter has already begun to have some medical problems associated with the pregnancy, but we are hopeful.

So, Happy Thanksgiving to all!

I have many things to be thankful for this year:

  • My wonderful family, of course!
  • The possibility of the beginning of another branch of the family tree
  • In this crazy economy, I have a job that I don’t foresee going anywhere (unemployment-wise)
  • My dad has survived the first year after his triple bypass and is doing well at age 79
  • I am in good health

A few genealogy “thankfuls”:

  • The Internet!
  • Computers!
  • This wonderful online community of genealogists and family researchers.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day filled with good family and good food and… GO COWBOYS!


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A little town in Pennsylvania…

On a cold, blustery day in November, President Abraham Lincoln was asked to make a few comments at the dedication ceremony for a new cemetery. And possibly the most eloquent document in our country’s history was born…

Gettysburg, Penn., Nov 19, 1863:

Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war. . .testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated. . . can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.

We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate. . .we cannot consecrate. . . we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us. . .that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. . . that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. . . that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom. . . and that government of the people. . .by the people. . .for the people. . . shall not perish from the earth.