Tuesday, March 20, 2018

First Day of Spring 2018

Newsflash: I will gradually be switching all of my photographs and postings from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to this blog. I think that as time goes on, I will have more control over my blog and what goes in and comes out than that of Facebook--and Facebook is so addictive, that one can spend way too much time on it checking it just to see what folks are doing--if we spent half as much time in prayer that we all seem to do on Facebook--just think of what a difference we could make in this world!
If you have a Google account, you should have no problem accessing my blog--if you don't, I hope you'll consider getting one so you can follow me on the blog.
You know how we all get spring fever and start anew--the first day of Spring--well, this is my something new, I think. Blogging benefits me--in many different ways--it is quite freeing to be able to blog about things I am interested in--without having the issue of someone in Facebook land get offended.
So, as I relearn the basics of blogging, and yearn for milder temperatures--and all things blooming--I am thankful for the opportunity to get back to who I am--writing, and photographing and publishing some family history--I have come to a very certain realization here lately--that I now am in the Senior brackets of our family! There are more younger than me these days! Ha!

Recently I have been working on the Northcutt side of our Beasley family--this is a photograph of Thirza Northcutt Beasley and also one of her headstone--which is in the Brown-Beasley Family Cemetery in Brownville, Conecuh, AL. I sure wish I could have known this lady--she looks so stern here--she was born in Darlington District SC and died in Conecuh County AL  Her grandson, Charles Samuel "Charlie" Beasley would be my Granddaddy Beasley who I dearly loved.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Who would have thought that we would still be hosting family reunions ten or so years later---another generation, or two, as we continue to gather as a family unit. If you get to feeling like you're only one--take a look at the family unit and you realize that you are just one of many! We gathered in Evergreen, Conecuh County, AL at the Bolden-Cardwell Hall of the Evergreen First United Methodist Church. It's a wonderful place that we use every Wednesday evening for church suppers, and for special events. The family enjoyed the first reunion held there and so we held the last one there, as this was the year of Uncle Mel's 100th Birthday! Wow! We held this reunion in May and many of us gathered again in late August in Mobile at Dauphin Way to honor him on his birthday! What fun! At the reunion, we had many 'first-timers' to attend, plus as mentioned earlier, we had the missionaries from the LDS Church to come and share with us how to put our family information in their family website program! Learned a lot! Had fun! Got copies of our very first family cookbook! Oh my! Love my Beasley Family! Mama, I thought of you and knew you'd be smiling down on us! Daddy would say, my goodness, look at those Beasleys eat!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This past year, I've learned more about creating a family tree on the Family Search website sponsored by the LDS Church. In May, when we held our Family Reunion, I had missionaries from the church come and conduct a brief presentation of their projects ongoing all over the world to connect everyone. It was quite interesting and fun to see others take advantage of what I already knew was a good project! The missionaries have been assisting me here in my archives for several months now, and it's been helpful in many ways. They will be here for another 10 or so months, and we have more ideas for projects in the coming fall! I've been posting photographs of the family to my tree online, and will share some of those family photographs here on the blog.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer 2016

It's nearly August! And I've not posted in the longest time! Seems the more I long to blog, the longer I seem to put it off! Just this past weekend, I have gained a daughter! Son got married at the beach and it was a lovely time! Now, I have two married children, and a third who seems determined to remain single! We had a good brief time together though, and was thankful I was able to attend! I am envious of folks who seem to be able to take a vacation at the drop of a hat--whereby I have to plan and schedule and plan and scrimp just to take one day off! One day! I promise myself! One day! If it wasn't for the children living elsewhere, I guess I'd never go anywhere! Except they live so far away, traveling is rather difficult to plan when one has to travel alone! As I get older, I tend not to want to do that much. The upside of that is you don't have to please anyone but yourself! I'll scan some photos and place on here so that others can see my beautiful children and the views we had for the day!~

Thursday, June 23, 2016

May 2016 Family Reunion

Summer 2016

Been kind of uneventful around here--things have been going on, and work is busy, but just not motivated to write lately! I work, I go home, I garden, I walk dogs, and I try to bake something now and then. I am lonesome for my kids, and I miss my friends. I'm making new ones, except I really do miss my Mama, my friends Shirley Taylor and Diane Sosebee who have all died in the last year. Life just isn't the same.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

April Showers

February and March brought lots of damaging storms to Alabama and Northwest Florida; roofs leaked, yards overran with water and damaging winds caused old and young trees to break. Many communities were hard hit, such as Johnstonville in Conecuh County, Alabama and Century in Escambia County, Florida. Work had been rather uneventful and not quite too busy, but latter part of March and now here it is almost April, lots of whirlwind activity in the archives! Barely a moment to breathe! The Season of Lent gave us many opportunities to sing praises to God, with our adult choir and childrens' choir performing during worship services for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday. I think we're all tired! I know I am! I am enjoying being back active in church though, both on Sunday mornings in Sunday School, singing in the choir on Sunday mornings, and evening services at 5:30, plus the middle of the workweek, we have 'pie-eatin' as Mama used to refer to it on Wednesday evenings, followed by choir practice. I've also been attending the circle meetings, and they're always good. I am doing more reading in my Bible and with my devotional books; in addition to fiction. I've been de-cluttering--getting out of the craft making market--giving away what I can to someone who finds more time and energy for it all! I feel so much better just making some space! I'm sure that I'll continue to do a bit of crafting, but something that doesn't take over an hour to do! And no need to keep a bunch of junk in the house..makes me feel free to get that stuff gone!