Friday, February 12, 2016

Hancock Family History

I've been conducting some family history too, during the past several months--and looking deeper into the past. These are photos of my second great grandparents, of whom not a whole lot is known. Samuel Cicero Hancock, born circa 1829 Rockdale, Georgia, was a blacksmith by trade; he lived in MS for a time, where he married Sarah Amanda Weeks in 1852; by the 1860 Census they are in Conecuh County, AL and he's employed as a blacksmith near the then county seat of Sparta, with a blacksmith shop nearby. Two of his sons became blacksmiths, and several grandsons and sons-in-law. Nothing is known of his parents (yet), though I have her parents, grandparents and lineage quite a ways back. I believe a trip to MS is going to be in order, and possibly a trip to GA!

Valentine Day

Found this cute little Valentine idea on Pinterest! I think I'll make a couple of them! Washie Tape, lifesavers, stickon letters, a piece of cardstock and you're done! I bet you have someone in your life that is your own personal lifesaver!
The photo is of my sweet friends, and former (now retired) co-workers: Dorothy Crutchfield and Diane Sosebee. It was taken at the library during the past year, when Dorothy came back for a visit; Diane came over with muffins and lemon curd, and we prepared coffee in the kitchen like old times! What a joy it was to work with these two ladies! We had many of the same interests, and hobbies! We enjoyed reading the same books, and talking about them! We shared a closeness that many envied. Our sweet Diane went home this past Sunday morning while in church--she went from one House of the Lord to her Heavenly Home after taking her last communion--who knew it would be her last? She went quickly--so quickly, and it's been a hard week for all of her loved ones. Her family is hosting a Celebration of Life Service for her in that same church this coming Sunday, Valentine's Day--how appropriate!~ Share the Love, as she always did, so unselfishly!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

I really do mean well

Yes, it's already February, and it was late December when I wrote my last post. As the title indicates, I really do mean well. I mean to get to writing, and just expressing my thoughts, or give you some uplifting advice, or some Scripture, but life just gets in my way! It was a wonderful Christmas with the family! All of my children were home for Christmas, and they arrived in time to attend and participate in our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, and young Alex took his first Communion with us that evening. Precious child! Both of the boys did exceptionally well, I thought, and their great grandparents would have been tickled to know that they were worshipping in church where we all grew up! I loved it! It was the very best of my Christmas Memories! I will always cherish that evening together! Always! The twins brought their significant others along for Christmas and I am so glad to see both of them happy! Changes are afoot, and they are good changes, I think! We enjoyed sharing our Christmas Traditions with all of them, and making new traditions too! Claire and the grandsons got to stay over a little longer, once Chris left to go back to NC, and thankfully, despite some hardships, he did get home safely! We all enjoyed being together as long as we possibly could! Birthdays came for two of our family members: Chris celebrated his birthday, and Katie's Mike celebrated his--in a most frightening way though! Our dear Mike had a birthday, and on the 2nd of January of the New Year, suffered a heart attack! It was frightening for all! An ordeal I don't wish on anyone, even one so young! 29! Thankfully, our family knows that if you seek God, He answers! And mercy me, He answered! Katie started a GoFundMe account for Mike Elmore, and if you're so inclined, please consider giving to help offset his medical expenses. He was in the military, and VA is not helping as they should! Lots of rough road ahead of him; yet, God has big plans for this young man! He gave him another chance at life, even when the doctors had lost hope, and given him none! God DOES answer our prayers! Praise GOD! January came and went, with blessings every day, and setbacks along the way; however, we got through January and February has dawned already! February is bringing its' own challenges, as we're saying goodbye to another dear friend. It sure is hard getting older and having to say goodbye to friends who have always been a part of our lives. Well, I'll leave that for another day--not quite ready to speak of it all. As I said, I do mean well--to keep writing and keep my creative spirit alive...we'll see how the month works out.