LIVING WITH SANDIE LEE

Happy New Year 2018. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year full of great things not just for me but for my family and friends as well. To my author friends may you have a finished product and loads of book signings. To my family good health and a job you love getting up to and going to each morning. For myself yes, I would like a book to be published, good health, and to travel even more…

favorite bible verse 2 cor This is the plaque that sits across from my desk so I am reminded each day of how I should live. This is my favorite verse in the Bible and I make sure it is on my business cards. We walk by faith not be sight 2 Corinthians 5:7.

I found the picture in Branson, MO when I was walking though a craft store. When I saw it I knew I had to have it. So many times I’ve blundered through life trying to do things my way, taking charge without thinking. Usually there are more messes than you care to think about. But when I stop and go to the Lord, ask for direction, and let Him lead, things turn out much better. Having faith is much better than charging ahead and messing up everything. How is your day going?

Until then my friend…………

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Okay, I’m a bit early but I’m feeling blessed. Oh sure, there were a few days in 2017 that were a little wonky, but all in all it was a pretty good year!

Mr. “C” retired…again. We’ve traveled some, although my bucket list doesn’t even have a dent in it. I know he has a bucket list too. So we’re putting our heads together and working on how we can come up with a road trip to combine his list with mine. I can see it now…..I may not be home for a while.

Both at the montmorency falls officeDSC00202

First things first. Finish the BOOK about DNA. Actually, it is finished, but I need to get the product updated with the revisions. I must not like that part of writing as I’ve put it off far too long. There are things I want to do in 2018 so I need to get with it and put my book to bed!

I pray everyone is looking forward to 2018 with great anticipation of what is coming their way. Of course, we need to get through this cold snap they say we are expecting. I do not do cold very well but if I must, I must. Yes, I’m staying inside with the heater turned up and watching old movies after ringing in the new year.

This year I’d like to put my ancestry books together and get them printed for the family. When I started delving into my history I was looking only for a couple of names but as I progressed one last name brought two, then two brought four. It has multiplied so much. And that’s the way it goes. The same goes for my husband’s ancestry.  So you can see I have a full year ahead.

I need to clean up my craft room. There are piles of quilts that need to be put together. Pictures that need to be scrapbooked. The list goes on and on!

I’d like to sign off today saying may the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within. May light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in the window of a house, bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm.  This is part of an Irish blessing.

Until then my friends…….

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T’WAS THE MONTH BEFORE CHRISTMAS

And all through the house…….I’d like to say all is quiet but you know how it is. Everyone one, and yes that includes me, is running around all frazzled, cobbozzled and broke. Oops, did I say broke? Maybe not broke but spending way more than they should buying gifts for every Manny, Aunt Susie, and Uncle Joe.Santa 2017

It seems like we’ve been gone ever since September and I just can’t get ahead on anything. I just get the house back in order, work some more on the book, got re-acquainted with our fur babies, then off we go again. We’ve made a couple of unexpected, but wonderful, extra trips this year and now I’m really, really trying to play catch up.

Hubby has been working on the garage trying to unpack boxes he hasn’t unpacked from our move back to Texas from Oklahoma seventeen years ago. I must say he is getting the place looking nice. Now it’s time to get Christmas decorations out and there are boxes strewn around the garage again. It’s a never ending battle.

I’ve already told you about our trip to Iowa and the unveiling of the historical marker. We were home then off again to our annual trip to Branson. This year we just happened to be there on my birthday. What a lovely week. Dinner at the College of the Ozarks along with the play “Flames of Freedom” performed by the students at the college. Three shows, Neil McCoy, Oakridge Boys, and the Christmas show at the Andy Williams theatre with Jimmy Osmond the 5th Dimension. I really wanted to make another trip back up to Idaho and see my brother but……just waiting for my honey to say “Are you ready to go?” And yes, my bags would be packed and I’d beat him out the door!

Then our writer’s group The Christian Writers Group of Greater San Antonio had their holiday book sale on November 27th so that meant sharing my table with my business partner and selling our books. This year we paid tribute to another writer who passed away suddenly right after her first book came out and we featured her book on our table also. Hope you were watching Irma. Irma showing off her first book MitzieYou did good!

Well now it’s time to get busy to finish decorating the house, writing my yearly Christmas letter, and finishing my book. Yes, I thought I’d have it published by the end of the year but God has other plans. So I’d better get to listening to Him and not me!

Merry Christmas everyone.

Until then………………..

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In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world. John 16:33 (NAS)

Today is a very sad day. I received word this morning that a dear writing friend passed away on Wednesday. I’ve know her for close to ten years as she was in my writer’s group of The Christian Writers Group of Greater San Antonio. She’d written a series of children’s books and looked forward to getting them published. Her first one, The Many Tales of Mitzie The Mouse just hit the streets about three weeks ago. Her face lit up when she opened her first box of books.

Irma showing off her first book MitzieFranklin Scribes Publishers were excited to publish her book. A company founded by another wonder man, John Mills, who belonged to our  group and preceded Irma two years ago. Upon his passing my friend, Judy, and I took over the ministry of publishing books for struggling authors. I can almost see it now Irma talking to John and telling him all about her book.

Irma Crutchfield was not only a writer but with her husband, Monty, foster parents. They not only had children of their own but opened their hearts and home to others less fortunate. Each one of us in the group prayed with Irma over her foster girls and her children. A beautiful Christian lady with a heart as big as her personality. She is going to be truly missed by each one of us.

RIP Irma Crutchfield. You are going to be missed.

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I do apologize for not updating my blog last week. I really don’t know how the week got away from me and here it is again–time to do my blog again. The weeks must be getting shorter!

Ancestry Ashkenazi Jewish DNAI could tell you I’ve been researching again or I’ve been deep into revisions my book. I do want to get it out. I am finished but then that little voice in my head nudges me saying, “Hey why don’t you add this or that. It would make it a wee bit more interesting to the reader.”

So I do it, and it takes me another week because I need to have it critiqued before I go any further.

The big thing right now is the book cover. I’ve given my specifics to the formatter and I’m waiting to see what it looks like before I go to the next step. Be patient. Oh wait, that’s what I keep telling myself. Anything good takes patience.

On a serious note here, I have been doing more research. It’s amazing what is out there if you only look. I traced my Carr/Kerr lineage back to 1800 where they said they were from Canada. Well, they are not.

Back in the early 1700’s most of New England was considered Massachusetts. Borders kept getting rearranged. My Carr line came from Scotland to the New World and settled in Vermont and Maine. Some moved to Canada and stayed and some came back to Vermont. It gets tricky when you are trying to locate where they ended up.

I was able to find a full lineage on my ancestors on Google Books. Oh my, the information I found was great so I hit the link that took me to Amazon and ordered the book. I wanted this book for my library. After all, this was my ancestor. When I received the book I couldn’t find his name anywhere. So I went back to the Google Book on line and noticed it was Vol. II. I needed Vol I, I thought. So I went back to Amazon and ordered Vol 1. A couple more weeks pass before I received the book. I flipped pages looking for my ancestor. His name wasn’t in the book. By now, I was getting a little bit un-nerved.

So, I went back to Google Books and reallllllyyyyy looked over the web site. There were five volumes—and my ancestor was in Vol IV. I was not going to order another book. I tried and tried to copy what I needed. It wouldn’t let me. Okay, I sat and wrote everything out then put the source at the bottom of the page. Now I had it. Some day I’m going to get better at the computer. There is probably a way to copy just what I need and not have to write it all out.

To make a long story short I have quite a line up of ancestors. Not bad for a person who didn’t even know who her biological father was until a year ago.

There were times when I felt like the young lady in the movie Mama Mia when she said she had three fathers. I could relate…my biological father, the man listed on my birth certificate, and my step-father. My family has grown immensely. I am blessed beyond words.

Must go and finish writing.

Until then my friend……..

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Looks like we are getting ready for the big storm. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this close to a hurricane or tornado. The wind is a kickin’ and I’ve put everything up that might want to fly around outside.

I’ve settled down at the computer to do some work. By work, I mean genealogy. My mind is a jumble so I thought I’d do research. I love research. Besides I’m trying to put hubby’s French Canadian side of the family down on paper. Or rather in my handy dandy little book I have for each side of the family. genealogy booksAnd I also have pedigree pages for each family member.genealogy pagesI bought these books about fifteen years ago and I keep adding to them. When I travel to do research I carry them with me and add all the new information right then and there. Very convenient and you can buy them from the Genealogy Shop in Seminole, Oklahoma.

I’ve noticed there are a lot of women on his French Canadian side with the name of Marie Marguerite. With so many women with that name how did they tell them apart when they referred to them? Did they have to add their last name too to distinguish them?

When we were in Canada a few weeks ago I made sure we bought maps so I could figure out where each family lived before migrating to America. That has been a challenge also. But, I did it.

Now I need to figure out where the town was one of my ancestors was born in before he moved to Vermont then on to Iowa. I love this detective work!

So my friends, until then…………………………..Keep posted……………………

 

 

 

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It’s Friday already. Another week down. Where is the time going? Well I did have a pretty good week if I say so myself. Got my devotional written, worked on my DNA book, and found a good amount of information on Cibolo. Well maybe not Cibolo, but about the stagecoach lines in Texas. Thank you Jean Heide for your knowledge on stagecoach lines and hard work collecting information.Cibolo History StagecoachAnd of course one bit of information leads to another.

I had to deliver a picture frame yesterday and ran into a person who offered still another small tidbit of info on Cibolo. I just have to keep asking, someone knows something. Of course, there were two other people standing next to me that chimed in saying they have that book too…somewhere. All three promised to look for the book. Actually it is an old cookbook from Cibolo, 1979 they thought, and it contained a little bit of information about old Cibolo.

Sometimes I think I’m on information overload and I wonder where I’m going to insert it in the pages that keep growing. But, I’ll find a way.

On my few free minutes of the day I go to Ancestry and look for more of my ancestors. I found a goldmine on my Carr family. In the census they say they came from Canada and since I just visited Quebec, Montreal, and Toronto, I figured I’d delve into their beginnings. They came from Scotland (that was a surprise), and not sure of what port they landed in. They went to Massachusetts, then on to northern Vermont and southern Canada. Since the time frame was early 1700’s the borders were changing. Some stayed in Vermont but my up line crossed the border to Quebec. Interesting because then my third great grandfather went west to Black Hawk County, Iowa where he farmed and stayed passing away.

So that is where I’m at on my side of the family. Now to get caught up on hubby’s side. I’m still trying to figure out where his great grandfather died. There are still loose ends on his side of relatives that need to be taken care of. Oh, did I tell you hubby and I are related now through the Bradstreet line and also our Richardson line. What a hoot. Of course, it is way back there in the late 1700’s but who would have thought!

I need to sign off so I can get more work done on both books. So until then my friends………………..

 

 

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DSC00135I want to talk about cemeteries today. Hubby says I’m a bit off because I can spot a cemetery a mile away even if it is behind trees and shrubs and down an old dirt road. Each cemetery is unique in its self. It has stories to tell.

Cemeteries are interesting. People are residing there that also lived, loved, had families, and probably toiled the ground. Or they at least punched a time card. Each grave is usually marked with a simple flat slab with a name, date of birth and date of death. Some have ornate markers. Period. End of live. They lived–they died.

I’ve walked among the stones at old cemeteries. Some may have a short saying about the person like “here lies John Brown a good and honorable man”. Some may have only a name. I’ve came across this poem at the cemetery my grandfather and aunt are buried in located in Austin, Minnesota.Ancestry tombstone poemIt touched me as the words are so true.

Their DNA cells have passed on down to their children and grandchildren. Their life goes on through them. Maybe one of them have their eyes, nose, or the crocked way they smile.

I go through each day and am blessed to see my children and grandchildren but when I stop my busy life and really look at them I am in wonder. I can see where one has the same shape eyes as their sister or their eyes have that mischievous glint to them that their grandfather’s had.

I may look in the mirror each morning and see my mother’s face but when I look at one of my girls I also see my mother. But I can look at her in another light and see her aunt. Life is mystifying. Or to put it into another content, our God is great. His work is all so grand and lives on and on.

So to sum it all up, yes, I will continue to go to cemeteries and look at the head stones and wonder. What did his person look like, what did they do to earn a living, and did they like to sing or dance? That is when I have to go back to my genealogy and track down a person. The cycle never ends. I will keep trucking on.

So until then my friend…………….

 

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DSC00141One of the many older houses located in Cibolo, Texas. Not sure of the date on this one but working on it. I’m working on a lot of things to get this book finished.

I think I mentioned before the book my co-author and I wrote, History of Cibolo, had been finished a few years ago but we’ve gotten together and decided to add to it and have it published by a reputable publisher this time. In the past we put it together ran the copies ourselves, put the cover on it, and that was that. But it has come to our attention that the way Cibolo has grown and some of the older establishments are getting facelifts, we’d like to preserve what we can for everyone to see where and how Cibolo started.

DSC00147 Buildings like this one sitting across from the railroad tracks near Main. (Schlather’s Feed) There’s a lot more to Cibolo besides being a bedroom community sitting next to Schertz and just down the road from San Antonio.

DSC00151Take a look at this old home now overgrown with weeds, vines, and trees. At one time it must have stood stately with it’s brick exterior and windows shining each night with the glow of lights flickering.

So, I’m working like crazy putting all the information into one big book (hopefully a big book), gathering older pictures from a friend willing to help, and still researching some things. My partner is up to her ears in more researching also. If you have any information or pictures you’d like to share you can message me through my blog.

So I must get back to work. Until then my friend……………………..

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I missed another Thursday but here I am on Friday. With the trip behind me I’m trying to play catch up yet again. It seems like I’m always playing catch up. I kind of let play get in my way, you know, like trips out of town.

My book about DNA is finished but I’m still working on the revisions. I really need to get with it and get it finished, period. The other big project I’m working on is the history of Cibolo. About three years ago I stepped out of the picture on the book but just recently it was placed back in my lap. So after much soul searching and praying I guess I’m supposed to get it published. My friend, who worked very hard at researching a lot of the articles, and I are working together again to it’s end product.

books and penThere is nothing like the feel and smell of a book. A real live book you can hold in your hands and run your fingers down the smooth paper as you get ready to turn the page. A place to put the beautiful bookmark your friend gave you.

I have a Kindle and I’m glad I can keep adding books to it and not have to keep the physical book on my shelves but still, there is nothing like a physical book to look at.

So next week I’m off to still another library to search for more answers to my questions to add to the history. Growing up I don’t remember asking my mother questions like “why” like my children did. But, now that I’m older, wiser, I keep asking that little question “why”.

Today it’s work on my DNA book. So my friends, until then………………….

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