Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Platter is Overflowing

     I'm putting my blog on hold for awhile. This past winter here in NY was unbearable with the amount of snow and frigid temperatures we got.  My parents relocated to South Carolina after their retirements a few years ago. I also bought a house down there near them but wasn't ready to move yet because I have a good paying job here even if it can be stressful at times. My son spends every summer in SC with his grandparents. I decided a few months ago that he will stay down there.  I enrolled him in a good catholic school and he starts in August. He's so excited.
     I  have so much on my plate that it's more like a platter. I'm trying to get my son settled in down there with everything he needs. I paid the registration and book fees, Gregory took his entrance exam and I mailed out first month's tuition yesterday. I was finally able to get the NY pediatrician to fax over the medical records to the doctor in SC and he has an appointment set up already. I think I ordered the last of the school clothes that he'll need. It wasn't easy to find navy blue crew socks for the uniform. Every store I checked had black or white and the school requires navy blue or white. I'm not sending this child to school with black dress shoes, navy blue pants and white socks. The store I found them in actually had them on sale so I bought 10 pair.
     I think I have everything Gregory needs for school. I'll be flying down next month and staying with my parents so I can take my little boy to school that first week. I have put genealogy on the back burner a little, just a few look ups here and there and I need to focus on finding a job so I can hurry up and join Gregory down south.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Irish are Still Missing

   

  
     My 3rd great-grandparents Patrick Devine and Emily Sheldon are still missing. I have no idea where they are after the 1875 NY state census. I think they divorced and I think I found Emily in the 1900 federal census, I'm 98% sure. I think she might also be the same Emily that I found in the 1905 NY state census. After that she is a mystery like her husband.  I won't give up.


                                                          Happy St Patrick's Day



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Bless Me Father...

                     "Bless me father for I have sinned.  This is my first confession."
     My  Little Gregory made the sacrament of Penance today and he did very well.  I remember being nervous the first time I went as a child.  He asked when I was going to go so I promised that I'd go next Saturday.  "Bless me father for I have sinned.  It has been forever and a day since my last confession."
     My mother told me that the last time she went to confession was when she was about 18 or 19.  The priest had asked her if she promised to never do that again and she told him that she couldn't make that promise.  She doesn't even remember what it was but it was a venial sin and really not that big of a deal .  If you knew my mother then you'd know this was true because she was a good girl.  Anyway, because she told the priest that she couldn't make that promise, he told her that he couldn't give her absolution.  She walked out.



                             

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Born on January 5th

     Today is a popular day for birthdays it seems...


     My great-grandfather Samuel George Davis was born in Ohio on this day, January 5 in 1885. He was the son of  Flora Braught from Ohio and Daniel Davis from Milton,NY.

                                                








     My son Gregory was born on this day in 2007. I can't believe my little boy is 7 years old already. He lost his first tooth a few weeks ago. He's such a good boy and so smart. ♥

                           
 a photo of Gregory at 2 days old with my other baby, my little girl Daisy who was wondering what I brought into her house...



   and here's a more recent photo taken a few months ago:

     Finally, my best friend who had been told that she couldn't have any more children after her daughter was born 23 years ago was surprised to find out a few months ago that she was pregnant.  Lillian welcomed a healthy baby boy earlier today.  I'm happy that my best friend and I both have boys born on January 5th.  It's just too bad that she lives so far away and the boys are 7 years apart.


     Happy Birthday to all the January 5th babies...   ♥

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Hello 2014

     Today is the start of a brand new year.  I am happy to say goodbye to 2013 and welcome 2014 with a smile.  :)
     Last year was not a good year for me.  I had a migraine headache most of the year so I didn't get much research or blogging done.  On a happy note: I finally convinced my best friend to let me work on her genealogy.  She was hesitant at first because she didn't know anything about her family.  She gave me her parents names and the names of her maternal grandparents and I took it from there.  I traced Lillian's maternal line to her 2nd great-grandmother, Anna who was born in Ireland and buried with other family members in Brooklyn,NY.  I got the names of Anna's parents from her death certificate and added them to the tree.  I didn't get as far on Lillian's paternal line so after reaching her great-grandparents, I put Lillian's family on hold so I can get back to my own research.  Lillian and her husband have a 23 year old daughter who is their only child.  Lillian had been told that she can't have anymore children so imagine her surprise when she found out a few months ago that she's pregnant and her miracle baby will be born on my son's birthday which is January 5th.  How Lillian didn't know she was pregnant for seven months is another story and possibly a blog post.  Lillian and Anthony are expecting a boy.
     I told Lillian that since she and Anthony are now having a boy to carry on the family name then I will try to work on Anthony's line in the family tree.  I have Anthony's parents and grandparents names and that's it.  Anthony's father is dead and his mother, according to Lillian has not been helpful at all with supplying names and dates which would assist us with our research.  Lillian was finally able to get a few dates from her mother-in-law which helped with my progress on Anthony's maternal line.  I went back to Germany and England with Anthony's mother's side and his father's side is from Italy.  Anthony's father was born in New York but his paternal grandparents were from Italy.  I asked Lillian to try and get me dates of death for her father-in-law and his parents.  If those dates are not available then I'll take the name of the cemetery so I can call and bother them.  Until I get more information from Lillian, her tree as well as her husband's has been put on hold and I can go back to stalking Emily.
     I don't usually make resolutions because I don't keep them.  I plan to try and make this year, 2014, a happy, productive, positive year.  I will ignore the negativity at work, focus on happy thoughts and tune out the world around me while I write.  I will try to update this blog more often and work on my genealogy.  Is 2014 the year I find my 3rd great-grandmother, Emily who emigrated from Ireland as a young girl in the early 1850's?
     Before I wish everyone a Happy New Year, I need to wish my maternal 2nd great-grandfather a Happy Birthday in Heaven.  ♥  Daniel Davis was born on this day in 1860.


            Happy Birthday ! ! !

                                   Happy New Year ! ! !

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013

     As 2013 draws to a close, I sit her and think of the wasted days and wasted hours.  The time I could have spent writing this blog or doing some research was spent waiting for my chronic daily migraine headaches to go away.
     I think my headaches are finally gone.  I hope and pray they are.  I visited a holistic doctor who is also a chiropractor and have been pair free for three months.
     I had put my family tree on hold to research my best friend's ancestors.  I made it back to Germany and Ireland for Lillian and England for her husband but I still have not found my Irish ancestor.  I have been stalking, I mean... Seeking my 3rd great-grandmother, Emily Sheldon and I'm starting to believe that she might be hiding from me.
     I'm hoping 2014 brings better genealogy success.

     Happy New Year!