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The First Christmas Day

On December 20, 1815, the Kings Mountain Herald newspaper in Kings Mountain, North Carolina published the following story from the New York Press about the first Christmas day. It is a reminder that Christmas isn't about getting ... or even giving ... gifts, but celebrating the life of a man many consider their Savior.  It reads as follows:  The First Christmas Day Told for the littlest children Listen dear little children and you shall hear about the very first Christ...

Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree

Christmas morning is a madhouse ... it certainly was when I was a kid and it still is now that I have a kid ... and dogs! The last thing a mom wants to deal with is breakfast. Okay, at least this mom. Try this easy Christmas tree made from cinnamon rolls to make the morning feeding a little easier! The Davis Cinnamon Roll Tradition   We always had cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning. They're easy ... either make them a day ahead or cheat and buy the kind in a can or ...

The Story of Family

Between 2006 and 2011, we lost my mom’s parents and my dad. It seemed just as we were moving forward from the loss of one, we would lose another. I was 36 when Daddy died. Noodle was 4. I have vivid memories of the last conversation I had with each of them. Grandma, who had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for year, had a conversation with me about babies … I would be a mother for three more weeks and she wouldn’t have known that then. As I was leaving, she said “I love ...

Rene Carpenter, Mercury Seven Astronaut Wife

One of my character flaws as a hobby genealogists is my desire to learn everything I can about certain eras in history and the people who lived during them. I'm fascinated by the Jacobite uprising in Scotland, 16th century English royalty, Colonial America, flappers of the 1920s, and anything from the 1950s and early 60s. Especially food and Pyrex. Fortunately, for me, there is a plethora of media - TV shows specifically - available to satisfy this craving. My new found love is the Astronaut ...

Why all kids should create a family tree

When I was a junior in high school, my French teacher had us create a family tree. It was a fun assignment for someone like me ... I was already a history nerd, but had never really thought about tracing my own family history to any great extent.  My dad was ecstatic because he was able to introduce me to his family bible. My mom told stories about how "we" arrived in New Orleans in the early 1800s and walked the length of the Mighty Mississippi to southwestern Illinois where the family ...

The Old Black Goat

Week 20 of the 52 ancestors challenge is themed "black sheep". I come from a family of doctors, politicians, preachers, and a lot of farmers. I've not found a black sheep among them. Okay, the politicians might be questionable. So, instead of writing about skeletons in closets or general bad behavior of black sheep ancestors, I'm sharing a story about a black goat that my great-grandfather, George Melvin Moore, had when my dad was a kid. It didn't like my dad ... and here's what ...

Walker Dog and Stormy Judy

Stormy Weather is an apropos theme for the Week 10 52 Ancestors Challenge. It’s March and, in southern Illinois, we would normally be headed into spring and well on our way to “tornado season”. Not this year … our only two snow storms of the winter have happened in the last two weeks. They’ve been doozies. I’m ready to open my back deck and swimming pool, and mix up a pitcher of sangria to share with friends! Spring is one of my favorite times of year … when everything ...

Fresh Start for a New Year

Yikes! I just noticed the new 52 Ancestors challenge that Amy Johnson Crow gave us on her blog No Story Too Small ... and I'm behind already! I love how she has added weekly themes. Week 1 was a fresh start ... and that's where I'm starting even though I'm a teeny bit late.  I have to admit, I ran out of steam in 2014 ... partly because my fall semester at school became it's own little monster ... partly because I felt like I didn't have enough to write about some of my older ...