Notes from the past…

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Happy Birthday, Mom!

Dear Mom,

I hope you’re having a wonderful birthday! I know you’re spending the day with Granddad and Uncle Mike and Uncle Dick. I’ll bet Schatzi and Sugar Babe and Samantha are there, too. And Garfie and Silly, as well. Watch out, ‘cuz you know Schatzi will be in the middle of your birthday cake, if you don’t keep an eye on her!

We’re all fine here. Dad is doing really well, he seems to have adjusted to life post-cardiac bypass pretty well. I think it’s all about pacing oneself. I know he wishes you were with him. I think 10 years is like yesterday to him, and me, too. That Thanksgiving 1998 seems like just a couple of weeks ago.

I’m doing good, keeping busy with work and Sarah & Deb & Stacie. Deb is going to UTA now, studying criminal justice. She wants to be a crime scene investigator. Sarah will start college in January for a computer degree. And Stacie, she is something else! She doing great in school, still in the Gifted and Talented Program. I think she’ll be a computer person, too, when she grows up. She can do anything with a computer!

And guess what, Mom? You’re gonna be a great-grandmother, again! Deb is expecting, probably around the first part of April. We’re all so excited, even Stacie is finally getting used to the idea. She’ll be 12 by the time her little bother or sister arrives, kinda spoiled being my only grandchild. But she’ll be a big help to Deb. Stacie really loves little kids. She gets such a kick out of watching Justin’s twin neice and nephew. Oh, yeah, Justin has twins in his family. Several sets, I think. April might be pretty interesting…

Nanny is doing well, too. She’s adjusted very well to nursing home life, seems quite happy, if just a bit goofy with senility. But she’s happy and that’s what matters!

Well, I guess I’ll let you go, for now. I just got home from work and gotta fix some dinner.

I hope you enjoy your birthday, and know that we all think of you often and miss you so much.

We love you!

Ruth, Sarah, Debbie & Stacie

Maryland Sue Stanley Hall
Maryland Sue Stanley Hall

12 Dec 1935

18 Feb 1999


"All I want from Genea-Santa is…"

“Dear Mr. Genea-Santa,

I hope you’re having a nice day. I am, too. It’s getting very cold in North Texas, I hope snow is coming tonight! Can you take care of that, Mr. Genea-Santa?

I have been a very good girl this year. I have tried really hard to document all my sources, backup my work and share my finds with my Genea-Pals.

I only have a few things that I would like this year, Mr. Genea-Santa, if that’s ok.

First, I’d really like my great-grandfather William Earl Hall to send me a pretty picture frame to go with a photograph of his headstone. By the way, Great-Grandfather Hall, can you please send me a picture of that headstone?  I guess I don’t even know where you’re buried at…

Next, I promise I’ll be an extra-good girl next year if my 3rd great-grandfather Dr Nathan Blunt Kennedy could get me a little diary book with a lock on it. Kinda like the one I bet he kept when he was in the Civil War. As much as he liked to write doctor stories after the War, I just know he musta had a diary during the War. (Maybe you could just send my your diary, Great-Grandfather Kennedy, instead. Pretty please!)

Just one more thing. Can I please have a pet pig, like my great-grandmother MaMaw Stanley had when she was in the convent when she was a little girl. I promise I’ll feed it and keep it clean and take it for  walk everyday and play with it and love it! Oh, please, Mr. Genea-Santa!

Love, Ruth

P. S. Please give Rudolph a hug for me! And I don’t have a chimney, but if you could leave my presents on the back porch, next to the lawnmower, I’m sure they’ll be ok.”

(This post is for the Carnival of Genealogy, 62nd Edition: 3 Wishes!)