Linda on May 5th, 2010

We’re experiencing a lovely, early spring  which has pushed our blooming  flowers into production 3-4 weeks ahead of their usual schedule. The flowers from this bush are  a favorite since they are so fragrant, and enjoying them before Mother’s Day is a real treat!

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Linda on April 28th, 2010

Aunt FernOur great aunt Fern passed away last night at the age of 101. She was the daughter of Missouri pioneers and had 17 siblings.

She was a wonderful story teller, and we will miss her humor, her folksiness, and her wisdom.

Her service will be tomorrow, and she will be buried in Oakland Cemetery, Moberly.

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Linda on April 6th, 2010

This is quite a big deal for those of us who are not used to seeing our spring flowers until early May–and here it is April and the crocus and daffodils are in bloom!

Linda on March 26th, 2010

Today would be mom’s 88th birthday! In this 1942 photo, she is living in Detroit  and probably planning her June 1943 wedding. She is wearing the working girl’s fashion of the day–a tailored suit and blouse, which she most likely sewed herself.

Like so many moms, she made a bigger deal out of our birthdays than her own. I think we all remember her 70th birthday, though, when we surprised her by all showing up in Florida. It was a memorable–mostly all girls (sorry, Michael!)–weekend complete with family slides and lots of laughter. I’m glad that we have that special time to remember.

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Linda on February 2nd, 2010


Look at those curls! Hope you’re having a great day!

Linda on January 1st, 2010

1girlpinkwhite001Happy 2010 to all of you–and on to the second decade of this century!

The first has been full of many happy moments and a few sad ones as well–we experienced two beautiful weddings, added two delightful daughter-in-laws to our family, and share the joy of four engaging grandchildren. We lost a sister (in-law) and mother (in-law) during this decade. We have visited the countries of our ancestors and in the process deepened relationships with cousins and made new friends who will always be a part of our lives and our hearts.

(Graphic courtesy of graphics-fairy.com)

Linda on December 26th, 2009

Product ImageThe gift I received for Christmas for genealogical purposes is a copy of  Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900 by Maureen Alice Taylor. I found Maureen’s earlier book, Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs, very helpful–and I expect this one will be, too.

Linda on December 25th, 2009

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Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. May you be enjoying a wonderful day!
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Linda on December 17th, 2009

1919BlyK3moThere are several notable December dates in my family, including birthdays, an engagement, and deaths. Time permitting, I’ll try to get all of them posted this month. This December 17, my dad, Kenneth Bly, would have been 90 years old.

Dad was a Missouri native, born in Kansas City and a graduate of the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. He met my mother while he was working in Detroit, and they lived in several Midwestern states.

Dad had a curious mind and loved to discover how things worked. One of his childhood experiments involved setting his mother’s silverware end to end to have it act as a conductor while it was attached to the front doorbell–its success was measured by the shock one of the neighborhood girls got when pressing the doorbell. He would be so taken with the today’s technology–he’d have loved the internet, iPhones, digital cameras, and GPS systems;  and I think he would have been tickled to find himself  featured on a blog.

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Linda on December 15th, 2009

JensenBerit_dod1909Tombstone002I’m rapidly running out of tombstone photos, but I remembered this one in an album of my husband’s mother. It is the tombstone of her grandmother, Berit (Bertha) Anania Jensen Nelson. Berit was the daughter of  Erik Jensen and Gjertrud Gulliksdatter, both born in Valdres, Oppland, Norway. Berit was born in Manitwoc County, Wisconsin.

Berit married Knut Nelson 21 May 1877, and she is listed as “Berit Erikson” in the marriage registry. She and Knut were parents to ten children, nine sons and one daughter and farmed in Franklin Township, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin. In the photo of her tombstone, there are farm buildings evident in the background. It may be the Nelson farm, as Knut donated property adjacent to their farm to the Franklin Norwegian Cemetery, which is the location of Berit’s tombstone in the photo. Berit and Knut’s son is also listed on the tombstone.

The inscription reads:
Bertha Nelson
Mar 13, 1859 -  June 26, 1909
wife of
Knut Nelson
Nov 14, 1848
___________
Edward Nelson
Jan 29, 1879 – Feb 27, 1904

I believe that my Redeemer liveth.

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