Someone will be celebrating a birthday this weekend. Have a great one, Gran!
February 12, 2014
February 5, 2014
Saturday also marked the 120th Anniversary of my Great Grandmother Rhoda (Rogers) Trotter’s birth.
I think this is a shot of the porch of the Trotter Homestead. Rhoda and her husband Harrison are the couple in the center of the picture which was taken some time before Harrison’s death in 1975.
UPDATE: I’ve been informed that this is actually my 2nd Great Aunt Cora (Trotter) Steppes. Full Correction will post on Sunday Feb 16th.
January 29, 2014
Thinking of Gran this week… My paternal Grandmother and my youngest maternal cousin (and the back of my head) hanging out in my parents backyard in Lansing, Michigan in the summer of 1982.
January 22, 2014
January 15, 2014
Yesterday was the 147th anniversary of the birth of my Second Great Grandmother, Flora Jane Massy Packer. She was born in January of 1867 to good old Henry R. and Augusta (Cory) Massy. Here she is with her husband, Cornelius Packer.
January 8, 2014
In a week of frozen roads, feet of snow, and sub-zero temperatures I am trying to visualize summer. This shot from a summer family outing keeps coming to mind.
Under the hat and behind the DS is my niece. Her parents, brothers, my mom and I were queuing for one of the kids favorites, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, at Meijer Gardens Amphitheater in Grand Rapids, MI in August. Miss Fiesty was focused.
I’m missing that sunny day this week.
January 3, 2014
I have two aunts who are fabulous and have been great in helping me in my genealogy research. This is a photo of both of them from their childhood in Detroit. And one of them (the young lady on the left) celebrated a birthday this week!
Happy Birthday, Dear Aunt! I still fully intend on coming to talk to you about pictures sometime soon!
December 29, 2013
My Grandpa loved Christmas! This is him, William Eugene “Gene” Johnson, myself and the back of my brother’s head. This is from the Christmas of 1979, the year before he died.
I hope you’ve had a fabulous holiday season!
December 26, 2013
My Cousin’s cat reminds us to share the family stories about our furred family members too!
Like the story of the Siamese who brought home a mouthful of baby mice in order to train her people how to hunt. Grandma was not amused… though in the stories the snake was off-putting as well—but visible before Mademoiselle was allowed into the house.
Or my babysitter’s tiny dog that delighted in burrowing in my hair anytime I lay down at the house.
I spent a lot of time trying to photograph this cat at our holiday gathering last year.
Are you collecting that part of your family story?
December 25, 2013
No doubt 2013 will be a memorable holiday season for many Michiganders purely because of our ill-timed weather events—freezing rain, snow, more snow and the possibility of wind today—causing countless power outages. But I’m hoping everyone can find some sparkle and shine in their holidays. Stay warm and enjoy the gift of friends and family, in whatever form they come!
Find joy in your holiday season!