Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Advent Calendar: Day 15

In Memory:
 Jason and Nola Sue (Clayton) Paulk
Married 57 years on
21 December 1953

These were my maternal Grandparents. Nola Sue Clayton grew up in South Fulton, KY. She was the last of seven children. Jason Paulk grew up in Berrien County, GA. My Grandaddy was originally stationed in Galveston, TX while he was in the Navy, during WWII. He stayed there to finish his college Degree in Chiropractic Medicine. My Grandmommy, after her first husband died tragically after being electrocuted, decided to visit her older sister in Galveston, TX.  I imagine she needed to "get away" for a while. The story goes that, my Grandmommy was in the grocery store at the same time my Granddaddy was. He walked past the aisle she was on...and did a double-take! He walked up to her, they started talking, and the rest is history! They were absolutely one of the most "in-love" married couples I've ever seen! They had three children, all girls, the oldest one being my Mom. Unfortunately, the story didn't end as happy as it started. My Grandmommy died from breast cancer in December 1987. She was only 52 years old. I was 15ys old when she died, and I still miss her terribly. My Grandaddy died in September 1999, just a few months before I gave birth to my son (who was born in December, as well). My Grandaddy did re-marry twice after Grandmommy died, but I don't think he was ever the same since. None of us were! They were a loving couple who raised a loving family-a great example to me of how I want my family to be. My mom had me when she had just turned 17ys old. While that wasn't ideal at the time, I'm happy she had me so young. Otherwise, I would never have known them the way I did. Happy Anniversary, Grandmommy and Granddaddy! I love you both!

Friday, December 03, 2010

GeneaBloggers ...

I have to tell all of you how excited I am to be a part of this group! This week I emailed a request to be added to the blogroll. However, I've been reading as many blogs as I can each night for months. There are so many great prompts that the members of this group have come up with, like the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories, the Daily Blog Prompts, and the 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy. Thomas MacEntee has organized all of the events for each day so well. I've learned so much from everyone about keeping a blog and the daily GEN information and advice is great. Everything I need is all right here! It's also done one more thing for me: the Advent Calendar's prompt for today is the "Christmas Tree Ornaments". My Grandma VandenEynden made all of her own ornaments and had several different trees, each with its own theme. One of the trees had ornaments that she made when my Dad was a little boy. I have pictures of these trees-in boxes! Ready to be scanned! In other words, GeneaBloggers has also reminded me, by the events it holds and especially "Scanfest", that being organized is just as important as research. Those Christmas memories I want to share with all of you usually have photos to go with them! Time to stop staring at those boxes of photos! I think I'll start by digging out the Christmas ones!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I'm learning so much from 5th grade Social Studies!

My son has a study sheet to "fill in the blanks" every week in Social Studies. I always read the lesson from the chapter he's working on, to make sure he filled in more than one word answers (believe me, it happens every week!)  :)  I get so much out of reading those chapters! Right now he is learning about the wave of immigration that happened in America before the 1890's and after 1900. It's something I have to know about with my Dad's family line, as they immigrated to America from The Netherlands c.1870. I try to have my son "teach" me as much as he can about each chapter. He has no idea he's helping me as much as I'm helping him!