Thursday, April 30, 2009

~Images from the Past~

This Friday, I'll show you my great-grandparents on my father's side of the family.

Don't they look to be straight out of a old western?

Thomas Andrew White and Sarah Jane Hartis

This is where Thomas (1838-1918) and Sarah Jane (1843-1912) lived in Rochester, Kentucky. This looks like another scene from an old movie - complete with the blacksmith shop.

Thomas died from heart failure. Sarah Jane died from food poisoning.
I visited Rochester. Of course, the old house was gone, but I did get to see their gravesite in an old cemetery up on a hill under an very large magnolia tree.


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Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Heirlooms by Amy Grant

"Up in the attic,
Down on my knees.
Lifetimes of boxes,
Timeless to me.
Letters and photographs,
Yellowed with years,
Some bringing laughter,
Some bringing tears.
Time never changes,
The memories, the faces
Of loved ones, who bring to me,
All that I come from,
And all that I live for,
And all that Im going to be.
My precious family
Is more than an heirloom to me."

Each Friday, right here on Pictures, Pots and Pens, you can join the fun of sharing your family photos and family memories. We would love to get to know your family and take a peek into your family album. New photos, old photos...we love them all!

On Thursday evenings, around 9:00 pm, Mr. Linky will appear on my blog. After posting your family photo on your blog, come back and give Mr. Linky your name and your blog URL address. Please include my blog address on your photo post.

My readers will see your name and pay a visit to you. You'll make new friends and get to share your most favorite family photos.

You can check my previous Favorite Family Foto posts and those of other bloggers.

We hope you will join us!!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Our Azaleas - 2009

It seems it's a good year for our azaleas.
The pinks are especially beautiful!

Click below to visit our lovely hostess, Beverly, to see others who have lovely pinks today.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

~Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Petee~

My family photo this Friday is that of my maternal great-great-grandparents, Mary and Samuel, on the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

From a 1920 Toledo, Ohio newspaper:
"Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Petee, observing their golden wedding anniversary, endorse the old-fashioned dancing steps. Though not prejudiced against the 1920 style of cavorting, these Toledo residents insist that jazz never can win them over. "The old turns and glides have helped to keep us young," they testify. Mr. Petee is 76 and his wife 74. Of ten children, four are living. They attended a celebration Sunday in the home of a daughter, Mrs. George Hogel. There are five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Petee were married in Flint, Michigan (1870) and have been living in Toledo forty years."

This was to be their last anniversary. Samuel died later that same year, Mary died nine years later. To my grandmother, my mother and her brothers and sisters, they were known as "Mémé" and "Pépé" - French for one's own grandma and granddad.

I hope you've enjoyed my photo for this week as well as those past.

If you are one who appreciates family photos and what they can mean to future generations, please join us.

Post your family photo, old or new, on your blog, then come back here and enter your name and blog URL address below. This will be an invitation to others to visit you and comment on your photo.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

To the sun, sand and sea...

...I go!

Jesse Wilcox Smith

I will return in just a few days, hopefully relaxed and with a renewed energy.

"Give me sun, sand, sea,
and whatever else any day!"

Michelle Clack


Favorite Family Foto Friday will go on as usual this week.

I will schedule my post with Mr. Linky for Thursday at 9:00 pm.

Anyone interested in participating, please enter your name and blog's URL on that post.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

~Corps de Ballet~

This Saturday I wanted to show you this pink ballerina. She was to be used as a door draft blocker, but I thought her too pretty to be used for that. This doll is actually my daughter's, given to her by her great aunt who was a dancer. Since Leah has two little boys, she can't use this in her home, so here it is at Mama's.

I've always loved ballerinas both on stage and in art. The one below is "Dancers in Pink", 1876. It was painted by one of my favorite ballerina painters, Edgar Degas.

Another of my favorite ballerina painters is my artist cousin, Rhonda Hartis Smith Please take a minute to visit her and look midway down her sidebar to see her "Beautiful Ballerinas" slideshow.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

"Two Dollar or Six Dollar Weddin'..."

That's the question being pondered by my cousin "Lil Abner" and my cousin "Marryin' Sam" in a Broadway Musical Summer Stock presentation of "Lil Abner". The two are cousins also - not brothers. This photo was taken from a newspaper many, many years ago.

This is my favorite family photo for this Friday. There are other great bloggers who are sharing their favorite photos today. You will find a list of them below.

If you would like to join us, just add your name and blog URL to Mr. Linky. Please do that only after you have posted your family photo. Please remember to link back to my blog.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Favorite Family Foto Friday

I am back to Blogland after being out of town for several days, then with grandchildren for a week. I have a lot to catch up on before leaving again in a couple of weeks.

To make it easier for all of us, I've decided to let Mr. Linky help me with Favorite Family Foto Friday. Anyone who would like to participate by showing their family photo, please see Mr. Linky below and give him your name and blog address after you have posted your family photo and he will direct others to your place.

I thought I would show you just a few photos from this past week. The first photo is grandson Andrew with his big cousin, our granddaughter Kathryn. My daughter, Laura, took this with her cellphone camera. Kathryn was such a big help with Andrew, feeding him, playing with him and cuddling him to sleep.
This is our daughter who came over to help out some. She's holding Andrew and beside her is Kathryn. In front are Nicholas and Coy.

The boys were so happy to see their mommy
(our daughter Leah) upon her return.

All in all it was a very good week. I have some rest to catch up on, but the memories made outweighs my aching back and the boy's dirty diapers.

Now we want to see your family photos, so add your name and blog address here.

1. Sherrie
2. Angela
3. Diane
4. Claudie
5. Malisa
6. Classy Chassy
7. Schotzy
8. Montee
9. Jeanne
10. Teresa
11. Deborah
12. Sue Jackson
13. Marjorie...Molly
14. Vanessa

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