Sunday, July 31, 2016

Mourning



Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.
(Author Unknown)

August Already?

I'm ready to go back to the beach and get back to full-time researching and writing. (And enjoying the view, the weather, etc.) It's been nice being home and we got to see people. I spent time with my daughters, friends, and relatives, and made some more memories.

I sorted some letters and photos and corresponded with our newly found cousin, Pierre. And I found some other info that I had been looking for so I really haven't stopped researching, just the writing. My Uncle Sonny (Mom's brother) told me, more than once, that I need to carry around a little note pad and pen to jot things down as I think of them. And I need to get back to that. I think of things all day long that I need to include in my writing but sometimes those thoughts have a way of escaping me, never to be heard from again! So, dear Uncle Sonny, I will get with the program as you reminded me, again!

I have several, mmm, make that a bunch, of papers, notebooks, etc., to take back with me and a renewed energy to get back to business.

Hope you had a great weekend! Ta ta for now,
Nancy

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sweet Memorial Service




We made sure we got to the area in enough time to find a restroom and then time to get lost! The cemetery was in a very remote location, way up high, in the scrub brush and tumbleweeds. We went too far up a gravel road and saw a mother mule deer with her little fawn and a large field full of sunflowers. They weren't all in bloom but I could just imagine how beautiful it would be in a couple of weeks. At the cemetery, Packwood Cemetery, there was one large pine tree and we were all able to stand in the shade. Sharon's children had chosen a beautiful headstone for her. I had left my phone in the car so I didn't get to take a photo of it. There were 56 people there. Her cousin's husband gave the service. There were quite a few flowers. I took a heart shaped wreath with red roses and white accents-grapevine and silk, since there is no water there; I wanted it to last awhile. Afterwards we were invited, as was everyone, to a restaurant in Brewster. I don't know the name of it but it was Mexican food and it was really good. Chicken enchiladas, beef enchiladas, refried beans (best I've ever eaten) and Spanish rice. We didn't stay long, I was too emotional and was afraid I'd make a spectacle of myself and make everyone else cry along with me. 

On the way back we went down to Crescent Bar just to take a look see. Wow! Hundreds of people, mostly young, mostly scantily clad. Lots of boats and seadoos.

It was a long trip and it was HOT. The scenery was beautiful though, which helped. I am one of those people that falls asleep in a car, motorhome, whatever, and I did take a nap on the way there and the way back. All in all, a nice day considering what it was all about. I'm having trouble still with the fact that I will never see my friend again--here on earth. Hoping to see her in eternity. 

Ta ta for now,
Nancy

Friday, July 29, 2016

Too Darn Hot!

I haven't been out much - the heat really does me in and I usually don't feel that great as it is. So I stay inside in the air conditioning and wonder why I'm not at the beach! Things to do...

Tomorrow I will be out in the heat as we lay my friend to rest. It is near Brewster and Pateros, Washington, up on a hill in the sagebrush. I will wear a hat so the sun doesn't touch my face. (Skin cancer.) I am taking a silk floral heart shaped wreath. We got some stakes so it won't blow away in the wind. There is no water at this little cemetery.

Today I've been working on the Burnett branch of the family tree. I can go as far as a Great-Great-Great Grandfather on this one little arm but cannot find anything other than his name. And his son, I can only find his children and wife, no siblings. I'm stymied. It's so hard when the ancestor had/has a common first name. Thomas. William. William Thomas. Last name Lary. Or Leary. Or O'Leary. See why it is so hard? I'll keep at it, though. It's a challenge.

Earlier I found some information I didn't think I'd be able to find and was pretty excited about that. I am not going to spill the beans on that, however. I want to leave some reason why you will want to read my book!! And, I don't want to offend anyone so it has to wait...

I mailed off a printout of the Dillon-Vanderzanden info to Pierre in The Netherlands today, or should I say Hubby mailed it off.

So I won't post tomorrow since we will be on the road. We are coming back tomorrow after the service so we'll be on the road for hours. But that's okay.

Ta ta for now,
Nancy

USA Map

A great map to help kids learn their states. I am going to color one in for all the states our ancestors/relatives live in. Perhaps one color for the living and another color for the deceased. I'll share mine once I color it in. If you right click with your mouse you can print it. Or save it and then print it. I'm not sure how large it will be so you might have to save and resize.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

More and More

I am obsessed with this book and family history research! I admit it. It is so interesting, very rewarding, and I'm keeping my brain cells working. I seem to be working on it even when I'm not working on it. Today I looked at one of the groups I joined on Facebook for Randolph County, Indiana. I was thinking I should maybe un-join since I have enough to read as it is. Good thing I didn't -- there on the 2nd post was a photo of one of our ancestors and below that a group photo of the same family members! I recognized the name, or so I thought, so I ran to the computer (OK, so I just walked fast) to see if my memory served. YES! Another aha, this is great, I'm excited moment. And earlier today while attempting to put stuff away in my craft room (goal #2 from Tuesday still not done) I spied a group of 3-ring binders. Hmm, I thought, what's in those notebooks? So I looked at them one by one and some were empty, some not. And one of them was an entire 3-ring binder full of one whole family history that I prepared about 15 years ago or so. Same family as the photos I saw on FB! Serendipity, that's what it is. Divine intervention. Answers to prayer. Whatever it is or was, it will be helpful!

As I said before and I will probably say again, the more I write/research, the more I need to write/research.

With that said, I will now go to bed as I've had about all the excitement I can stand for one day!

Ta ta for now,

Nancy

Amazing

I posted on Facebook that I have found relatives in The Netherlands. I am still giddy over that. Pierre Hendrix has over 6,000 people in his family tree. My great-grandmother, Maria Agnes Hendrix is one of the people in his family tree which means we Burnetts, Dillons and Korpis are related to him as well. He had no info on Grandma Dillon (Henrietta) and Grandpa Dillon's offspring so I will be able to share that with him. That being said, if  you haven't returned your questionnaire, I won't be able to add your information to the family tree.

Something to think about:  I've said all along for you to just fill out what you can and don't worry about the rest. Someone who was divorced told me she didn't feel comfortable giving information about her ex and his parents and siblings. And someone else didn't want an ex put in the records at all. That is fine and it is your prerogative. I am NOT using every little bit of info that I receive in the book. However, I am putting names and dates of birth, places of birth into the family tree. Your children should have that info and their children, etc. And, I have said before that every person on our family tree cannot be put into my book even in a chart or family tree showing branches. The book would be hundreds of pages alone just with that info and no narrative (of my memoirs). I do want to make that information available to you, though. It's always nice to know where you came from, where the ancestors came from, etc.

PLEASE ask me if you have any questions. Let me know if you aren't sure about something. This is supposed to be a fun thing - but if it is causing you any stress I need to know that and I need to work with you to figure it all out.

Note: a person who is not married to you can be entered as a partner, roommate, etc. One does not have to be married to include your special someone. Adopted? I will enter it the way you want it to be. For example, our youngest son is adopted. I will put my husband and myself as adoptive parents and the biological mother will be noted also.






Making Memories

Tonight I had dinner with my three beautiful daughters, Audra, Katie and Melanie, at 3-Eyed Fish in the Tri-Cities. Great food and great service, I might add. It's a wine bar but they have a good variety on their menu. That was the prelude to the main activity which was a painting class at a winery tasting room. The class was by Rachel of Bottles and Brushes, I think that's what it was called. I had been wanting to do this for awhile. Melanie had done it twice before so she arranged this for us to do for Audra's birthday. (It was in June.) It was amazing that we all painted the same picture but each one turned out differently. It was pretty relaxing, a bit stressful now and then when we had to add a big item to the canvas, but we managed. I screamed once - Katie knocked over her paint water and spilled it on the both of us, then of course we all laughed! Unfortunately Katie was wearing white. Silly girl!

I have painted before - tons of tole painting and earlier in life, oil painting. We used acrylics tonight, which allowed us to keep painting and take it home with us as it dries quickly. I have a renewed interest in painting again. After my book is finished, of course. And here I thought I was downsizing my craft supplies and now I'll have to add to them again! Oh, well - you only live once, right? I did actually give away some crafty things today! I  have much more to dispose of, however.

So here is a photo of the picture I painted and a photo of the girls and me with our masterpieces!

Mine. I'm not too proud of that palm tree.

L to R: Audra, Katie, Me and Melanie is in the front. 

I'll get back to my research and writing in a few days and have some regular posts once again and not just space fillers. We have some busy days ahead before I can get back to my project.

Ta ta for now,
Nancy


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pun and Games

You may have heard some of these before but here goes anyway! Enjoy!

I may not be rich and famous but I do have priceless grandchildren!

Friends pick you up when the world lets you down.

All this laughing makes my tears fall out.

Painting is easy when you don't know how but very difficult when you do. - Edgar Degas

Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend.- Corey Ford

Because nice matters. Be nice or leave.

Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your kids.

Caution: Dog can't hold it's licker!

And now I can toss that little pile of papers. I'm purging. Kind of. I have that intention but so far I really haven't come across anything to get rid of other than old paperwork and scraps from my crafts. I want to be able to see the path on the floor to the craft table and then I want to be able to see the top of the craft table! Wish me luck!

Goal #1 met. Can walk to the craft table unimpeded! 

Ta ta for now,
Nancy

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Rethinking My Goals and Plan

A few days ago I posted my statistics, i.e., the number of pages completed and the numbers of people I've accumulated in my family tree research. I don't know if you noticed or not, but so far I have 236 pages. Full sized, 8-1/2 x 11  pages. Not all of it is written narrative. I have charts and maps and I haven't begun to decide which photos to add and those to leave out. With those numbers I estimated the number of pages I might end up with and plugged that into a couple of the publishing websites I reviewed awhile back. I was surprised, no, I was shocked at the cost if I end up with 400 black and white pages and 25 color pages. Without adding anything extra in the publishing department, with a perfect binding (not hardcover), the quote (bare bones) was almost $2,800.00 for 100 books. Clearly, I will do more research on publishers.

And, I will have to decide how involved I want this book to be. What should I include? What should I omit? My original goal was/is to publish a comprehensive book and I do not want to make a profit. That is not why I am writing this book. I am writing it because I believe each family should have a copy of it and pass it down to their children, their children's children, etc. Therefore, I planned to set the price to cover my expenses in getting it published.

So that is what is on my mind today. Meanwhile, I'll keep on writing! And I hope you will return your completed info sheets ASAP.

Have a great weekend.

Ta ta for now,
Nancy



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My Friend, Sharon

   
 My beautiful friend, Sharon, passed away recently. It was a shock to me, although I know it shouldn’t have been. She told me many times that she didn’t know why or how she had lived so long. It’s true, she had many health issues, diabetes type 1 was the main problem. Sharon and I met when our two children dated in high school. Their relationship didn’t last but ours did!
     We were almost inseparable for awhile, then life took us in different directions only to be reunited once again when we moved in next door to her in the 55 and older trailer park. I’m supposed to say 55 and older manufactured home park but really, it’s just a trailer park!
     We did so many things together. We shopped, we went to movies, we scrapbooked, rubber stamped, drank tea, laughed and then laughed some more. Sometimes we cried together, too. True friends do that. 
     Sharon’s eyes were bad. She continued to drive long after she shouldn’t. She was okay with me driving when we ventured out. It didn’t offend her. I had to help her walk in the theater because she couldn’t see in the dark. I was just glad she could see the screen!
     Her blood sugar got wacky now and then and the first time I rescued her I was worried I would have to crawl into her house through the doggie door! Afterwards we chuckled about that. There were two more times I rescued her. I know it was her time to go but part of me wishes I would have been there to rescue her the 4th time.
     I hear a song on the radio and it reminds me of her. I see a picture of an iris and think of her. She loved irises. At night when the house is quiet and there’s nothing to distract me, I think of her and I wish I would have gone to visit her instead of just sending letters and talking on the phone. I know she was lonely. I know her independence was all but gone. That bothered her. Hubby and I had once thought about having her live with us but realized that it wouldn’t work. I have health issues of my own and I need to be taken care of at times. It wouldn’t have been a good idea.

     I’ll go say goodbye to Sharon at the end of the month when her family lays her to rest in the family plot north of Wenatchee. I’m pretty sure I’ll shed more tears between now and then, and surely more on that day. Somehow, I hope she knows I love her and that I miss her. 

Military, Pensions, etc.

I've been keeping a running list of those of our ancestors, and those of our generation, too, who served in the military. Some of you were sent a questionnaire about your military service. This is going to be covered in my book. It is an important faction of our lives -- the military is, and has been, very important throughout history. I won't go into a lot of detail here, but thought I would share a little info I happened across as I was researching pensions. I have a few different resources for military service and the pensions and land lotteries Congress enacted for our veterans in the early days of our country. 

I found it interesting that during the Indian wars, some served as Indian Scouts and had Indian names. I'm not certain these men were our Burnetts but one man, named Ernest, was As-kid-e-sa alias A-zis-za-ha. He served from 1884 to 1886. Horace Burnett was Es-kay-ka-ha or Shay-ka. He served from 1884 to 1186 also. Both men were killed during the Indian wars. 

And this little excerpt I ran across is puzzling to me. (The years are the early 1800s,) This man was not a Burnett, I just saw his record as I was scrolling by the records looking for our Burnetts. The records were labeled as such, "Records of Men Enlisted in the U.S. Army Prior to the Peace Establishment May 17, 1815." 

"Tried by Court Martial at New Orleans, April 24/05 for desertion-to receive 50 lashes. Tried again April 28/06 for stealing a $10 bill-50 lashes^pardoned-tried again at Columbian Springs, Nov 28/08, for desertion, Aug 9/08-to receive 50 lashes (illegible) lashes remitted."

I did not know that this type of punishment was used in the military; that is why it is puzzling to me. It bothers my sensibilities. Why not throw him in the hoosegow? Community service? (Don't mind me.)

Another interesting note: a lot of the men had "aliases." I wonder why? Were they spies? I'm talking about the 1800s. Oftentimes the alias used the same first name but changed the surname. 

As usual, I jotted down unique names today, as I do every day. It's fascinating to me. How did they come up with some of these? So here are today's unusual names: (M=Male; F=Female)
  • Suter - M
  • Eliphaz - M
  • Sherebiah - M
  • Electa - F
  • Servington - M
  • Nahum - M
  • Pinkard - M
  • Ernen - M
  • Cleanthus - M
  • Amasa - M
  • Abijah - M
  • Ake - M
  • Blue - M
  • Dicey - F
  • Undine - F
  • Fincelius - M
  • Tryphena - F
  • Cardine - F
  • Liberty - M
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! Ta ta for now,

Nancy



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Progress

I decided to do a check on my progress of both the book and the family trees. I was surprised, pleasantly, I might add!

Here are the statistics:


The Book
  • Pages: 262
  • Words: 92,253












Burnett Family Tree
  • 1591 people
  • 235 photos
  • 2440 records
  • 4465 hints
    • 3491 record hints
    • 535 photo hints













Dillon Family Tree
  • 1353 people
  • 154 photos
  • 1701 records
  • 4878 hints
    • 3834 record hints
    • 565 photo hints
Hoefer Family Tree
  • 183 people
  • 3 photos
  • 210 records
  • 415 hints
    • 372 record hints
    • 20 photo hints
Obviously, I haven't done much at all on the Hoefer Family Tree. Everything in its time.

Hope your week is off to a good start.

Ta ta for now,

Nancy




Sunday, July 17, 2016

Interesting Names

Diamonds in the water today. So pretty!


I'm researching today and have come across some interesting first names. 
  • Ransil
  • Ransel
  • Sophronia
  • Geage
  • Axie
  • Valarus
  • Personal
  • Virgineus (this was a male)
  • Nevad
  • Parthena
  • Archlaus
  • Norborne
  • Purlina
  • Senah
  • Hazen
  • Aca
  • Artioie
  • Naticia
I didn't jot down whether the names were for females or males except for Virgineus. It involved more "clicking" and takes extra time to do that. When I'm researching records in the millions I'm not inclined to waste too much time on trivial matters! And, believe it or not, I don't search through hundreds of thousands of names and records but I do search through thousands. No wonder I can't see!



Saturday, July 16, 2016

More Technical Stuff (Kind of)

In doing my family tree I had to utilize some tactics for continuity. Therefore, all the woman have been entered with their maiden names. That is a standard practice for genealogists, if I remember correctly. If I do not know a woman's maiden name, I use the term "Unknown." I am able to change it if I find out a name later on.

Another little tactic is the way I enter the dates. I put the day first, then the month, then the year. For example, today is July 16, 2016. I would enter it as such: 16 Jul 2016 with no periods and abbreviating the month to the first three letters. Why? Standards. This is the way dates are written in England and perhaps other countries as well, and it is the way dates are entered in Ancestry.com. Since I am using Ancestry.com, and Find My Past, a United Kingdom website, I followed suit.

These little tidbits will come in handy when you get your information back from me. I'll try to write a letter that covers these and send it with your printouts since it might be awhile before I do that.

The Info Sheets, Records, etc.

It came to mind that I need to explain a little bit about my research and family history project. I started the family trees by entering information about my siblings, myself, nieces, nephews, etc. The information sheets I sent out to people are to gather the information I don't have. When I get your information sheets, I enter all the new information. Then I look at all the records available on the Internet, and review each record to make certain that the information is for the person I am researching and not someone else with a similar name. Censuses, birth records, military records, city directories, death records including Social Security info, etc., are available.  It takes hours. For example, I have been working almost five hours now on one person's family. Each person has two parents, each of those parents have two parents, etc., etc.

When I find a record, I don't take it for granted that the info is correct. Some of it will always be correct, for example, if a person, say John Jacob, is enumerated on the 1940 Census, I know that he was alive in 1940, I'll know where he was living at the time, how old he was (approx), if he rented his home or owned it, etc. The things that might be incorrect would be the spelling of names. So often the transcription of a record has the name spelled incorrectly and I look at the original image of the record and see that it was written correctly but the transcriber typed it wrong.  And the transcription doesn't always have all the info, either. The occupation is usually not transcribed and that interests me, the neighbors interest me, etc. Sometimes the writing on the records is beautiful and sometimes it looks like chicken scratch, which makes it hard for the transcribers. (And me!)

The records, for the most part, are legal records. The information is cited with sources. I often keep a copy of the document but most of the time I do not save the image of the record to my family tree because it is cumbersome. For example, my family tree of the Burnetts now has 1,503 people, 2,298 records and 232 photos.

When I send out your family printout, I will not send you a copy of each record or document. I'll basically send you a listing of the direct lineage for your family.  And if it gets to be too big a project to mail out, you might not get it until the book is finished and it can be sent with the book. That will be determined later on.

This information will be for you, all of your children, their children, etc. You will have a family tree to pass on to the generations. Maybe someone in your family will add to it to keep it current.

There is one thing I need to say: if you don't send in your info, your family tree will not be complete. Been married a few times and embarrassed? Don't be - there are lots of people with multiple marriages. I am not going to judge you. Adoption? Tell me how you want to list it in your family tree. We adopted our son, Zachary. We talked it over and his biological parent will be listed as well as us, his adoptive parents. We've never kept it a secret. There are others who do not want that information out there, I'm sure, and that's fine. Not married? There's a designation for "spouse, partner, other."

When you fill out your information sheet, just do the best that you can. If you don't have all the information, that's okay. Sometimes I can find it anyway.








Thursday, July 14, 2016

Taking the Day Off



I am taking today off. Though it is nearly finished-the day, I mean. I have my BFF here visiting so will only say hi and ta ta tonight!

Ta ta for now,
Nancy

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Positive

I've been dealing with some issues lately and I need to think on the positive side and surround myself with things, people and places I love. So here are a few of my favorite things:

Large, older homes. Pink is a bonus!

Lavendar, lilacs and shabby chic.

Tea pots, cups and afternoon tea.

A proliferation of flowers.

The movie, "Tombstone." Doc Holliday.

The Phantom of the Opera

Umbrellas

Another beautiful old home.

That's all for today! Think positive!

Ta ta for now,
Nancy



Monday, July 11, 2016

Back To The Past!

Aren't these cool? I love them. Wish I knew how to crochet!

After a fun-filled weekend, we are back at the beach and I will resume my research and writing tomorrow.

Friday we visited three aunts, one uncle and seven cousins! Woot! All Hubby's side of family-people we haven't seen for awhile and we had a lovely visit with all. We got home (Grandview) around midnight Friday night.

Saturday we arrived at the designated meeting place to converge on our eldest granddaughter, Gabby, and her beau, Harley -- he was proposing and it was a surprise to her, thus a lot of us came walking up in the Gazebo Park at Grandview. Then that night, because it was her 21st birthday, some of us went to Bern's in Prosser to have a drink with her. (Mine was ginger ale!)

Then on Sunday, we took the newly betrothed/birthday girl and fiance to dinner with their moms.

I spoke to my friend's son and we will be able to go to the (funeral) service for her up north (in Washington) on July 30th to pay our respects. That comforted me.

Today, back on the road and we actually got to the beach in the daylight! So I'll be back to regular posts tomorrow hopefully!

Ta ta for now,
Nancy


Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Mighty Ocean

I just have to share some photos with you.The Coast Guard pictures are from the Coast Guard. The other one of the stormy waves is from Rockaway Coast Community on Facebook. The Coast Guard photos were also posted on Facebook. I have never been out on the ocean in a boat. I've always been afraid that it would give me a migraine since I'm susceptible to them. That would also start the upchucking. So I am content to look at photos of the angry sea rather than experience her wrath.





I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. 

Ta ta for now,
Nancy

My Family, My Heart

Hubby. 
I told you that I would introduce you to my family one of these days. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Vic. We have been married for 47 years. We renewed our vows (kind of) at our 25th Wedding Anniversary Party which our kids put on for us.

Our six children range in age from 29 to 46. Derek is the oldest at 46, Audra is 45, Katrina (Katie) is almost 43, Melanie is 40, Matt is 38, and Zach is 29.

Derek is married to Vickie and they have 4 sons, Joshua, Caleb, Elijah and Jonah. Joshua is married to Natalie. Derek is a District Manager for a bread company. They also have a peony farm with goats and cows and pigs.

Audi is single and has five children: Gabriela (Gabby), Noah, and Emily (Emme), Sophia and Lily. Audi is a high school English teacher.

Katie is married to Rick and they have Rick's two sons, Mitch and Bobby, and Katie's daughter, Macie. Katie is an elementary school teacher.

Melanie is single and has three sons: Ajay, Kooper and Koen. Melanie is the owner/publisher of two periodical newspapers, a journal of business and one dedicated to the senior population.

Matt is married to Jessica and their children are Soleil, Autry and Tatum. Matt is a vector scientist and also raises goats, cows, pigs and chickens.

Zachary's wife of one year is Rebecca. Zach is employed by a marijuana growing and dispensing store.

Melanie on left and Audi on the right.
Melanie graduated from Gonzaga U in May 2016 with
a Masters Degree.

Katie on the left and Melanie on the right.

Zach and Rebecca.

Derek and Vickie.

Derek & Vickie's sons: L to R: Jonah, Elijah, Joshua, Caleb.

Bobby and Mitch, Rick's sons.

Sophia on left, Santa and Lily.

Christmas 2015. Not all of our grandchildren were there. 
We have 21.

Our children. 

Emily and her date for Winter Ball.

Melanie with Macie, her niece, and Cubbie. 
June 2016

Noah is pretty happy, wouldn't you say?

Matt, Jessica, Soleil, Autry and Tatum on far right.
Kind of an old photo.
Gabby and Harley just got engaged!

Derek is married to Vickie and they have 4 sons, Joshua, Caleb, Elijah and Jonah. Joshua is married to Natalie. Derek is a District Manager for a bread company. They also have a peony farm with goats and cows and pigs.

Audi is single and has five children: Gabriela (Gabby), Noah, and Emily (Emme), Sophia and Lily. Audi is a high school English teacher.

Katie is married to Rick and they have Rick's two sons, Mitch and Bobby, and Katie's daughter, Macie. Katie is an elementary school teacher.

Melanie is single and has three sons: Ajay, Kooper and Koen. Melanie is the owner/publisher of two periodical newspapers, a journal of business and one dedicated to the senior population.

Matt is married to Jessica and their children are Soleil, Autry and Tatum. Matt is a vector scientist and also raises goats, cows, pigs and chickens.

Zachary's wife of one year is Rebecca. Zach is employed by a marijuana growing and dispensing store.

Ta ta for now,
Nancy

My Family, My Heart

Hubby. 
I told you that I would introduce you to my family one of these days. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Vic. We have been married for 47 years. We renewed our vows (kind of) at our 25th Wedding Anniversary Party which our kids put on for us.

Our six children range in age from 29 to 46. Derek is the oldest at 46, Audra is 45, Katrina (Katie) is almost 43, Melanie is 40, Matt is 38, and Zach is 29.

Derek is married to Vickie and they have 4 sons, Joshua, Caleb, Elijah and Jonah. Joshua is married to Natalie. Derek is a District Manager for a bread company. They also have a peony farm with goats and cows and pigs.

Audi is single and has five children: Gabriela (Gabby), Noah, and Emily (Emme), Sophia and Lily. Audi is a high school English teacher.

Katie is married to Rick and they have Rick's two sons, Mitch and Bobby, and Katie's daughter, Macie. Katie is an elementary school teacher.

Melanie is single and has three sons: Ajay, Kooper and Koen. Melanie is the owner/publisher of two periodical newspapers, a journal of business and one dedicated to the senior population.

Matt is married to Jessica and their children are Soleil, Autry and Tatum. Matt is a vector scientist and also raises goats, cows, pigs and chickens.

Zachary's wife of one year is Rebecca. Zach is employed by a marijuana growing and dispensing store.

Melanie on left and Audi on the right.
Melanie graduated from Gonzaga U in May 2016 with
a Masters Degree.

Katie on the left and Melanie on the right.

Zach and Rebecca.

Derek and Vickie.

Derek & Vickie's sons: L to R: Jonah, Elijah, Joshua, Caleb.

Bobby and Mitch, Rick's sons.

Sophia on left, Santa and Lily.

Christmas 2015. Not all of our grandchildren were there. 
We have 21.

Our children. 

Emily and her date for Winter Ball.

Melanie with Macie, her niece, and Cubbie. 
June 2016

Noah is pretty happy, wouldn't you say?

Matt, Jessica, Soleil, Autry and Tatum on far right.
Kind of an old photo.
Gabby and Harley just got engaged!

Derek is married to Vickie and they have 4 sons, Joshua, Caleb, Elijah and Jonah. Joshua is married to Natalie. Derek is a District Manager for a bread company. They also have a peony farm with goats and cows and pigs.

Audi is single and has five children: Gabriela (Gabby), Noah, and Emily (Emme), Sophia and Lily. Audi is a high school English teacher.

Katie is married to Rick and they have Rick's two sons, Mitch and Bobby, and Katie's daughter, Macie. Katie is an elementary school teacher.

Melanie is single and has three sons: Ajay, Kooper and Koen. Melanie is the owner/publisher of two periodical newspapers, a journal of business and one dedicated to the senior population.

Matt is married to Jessica and their children are Soleil, Autry and Tatum. Matt is a vector scientist and also raises goats, cows, pigs and chickens.

Zachary's wife of one year is Rebecca. Zach is employed by a marijuana growing and dispensing store.

Ta ta for now,
Nancy