Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Black Ink

As far as I'm concerned I have listened to both candidates and I have tried to make myself as informed a voter as possible. I have listened to and debated at, I have read the news as reported and watched cable TV with it's reports and slants on both sides.

This morning my mind was made up and it was time for me to vote. I just returned from casting my ballot. As I approached the room at the court house where voting was taking place, my mind had thoughts and memories of pictures of Iraqi voters with black ink on their fingers indicating that they had voted.

I thank God that I live in a Country where I can "read and write", and "as a woman" I am given this awsome privilege to vote. What a blessing we, the people, are given to get to vote.

I have prayerfully participated in this freedom we have here in the USA!

As far as I am concerned the final arguments have been given and next week the verdict will be in.

God Bless America, Land that I love!


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Like Sand Through An Hour Glass, So Are The Days In Our Lives

My first entry for my blog is the beginning of an exciting and challenging journey for me to blog about my many years of research. As I do this, I will add my own personal values and insights revealing who I am. It would be very difficult for me to not reveal that as I share about who I am and the people and things that have been my history and those histories that I have discovered through several years of research.

It all begin in 1988 after the death of my father. As I am a Christian the grief process for me was one of knowing that I would miss him, but I would think about the future and realized that I have the hope that I'll get to visit with him again later when I see him in heaven.

This bible promise means so much to me. John 11:25, Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies."

As I read the bible, which for me is a faith document and not a historical one, my hopes for life after death and the renewal of knowing and being with my family and loved ones in my future are based on the promises that I find in the bible. This hope of looking forward has inspired me to look backward to try and put together the puzzle of the lives of those who were before me and who have gone before me.

My research started with reading and learning from books about genealogy and from professional genealogist who have shared their vast amounts of knowledge into the research process. I am a novice genealogist, but with the past 20 years of playing the game, I'm thinking that I have a lot of information about my family history that I can document here in my blog.

I can share with my family, and all that are interested, in knowing and learning about our family. I can share the process of my discovery, my gathering and my collecting these documents. I can share here about many family heirlooms that have come into my possession because of my research journey. The journey has and is so rewarding to me in learning and gaining the knowledge about who I am and who my ancestors were and where my ancestors originated from. It was a journey that began in Baden, Germany for my Haas and Grimm Family, in England and Scotland and possibly Ireland for my Dunlap, Pleasant, Gills, Rowland/Roland, Cobb, and Aiken Families which brought them to America.

They were pioneers, soldiers, farmers and ministers. They were the "salt of the earth". :)