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My Christmas Vacation

So you may wonder why I haven’t been blogging much the last few weeks.  Well, my husband and I decided at the last minute to take a trip to Arizona to visit my mom for the holidays.  It’s been five years since we last saw her, when she was out here for our wedding.  This was Jim’s Christmas present to both me and my mom, and what a wonderful gift it was.

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Busy Week and Genea-Finds

I’ve had quite a week. I’ve been busy working on my business, but I also managed to get in some genealogy research.

First, being a County Coordinator isn’t all bad…I found a cousin for my husband. I got an email a few days ago from a women complimenting the new site design. She also mentioned that she had Tarrs in her family. After a few back-and-forth emails, we realized that she and my husband are distant cousins.

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Family Heirloom Meme – My Treasures

In a recent post, I stated that I was going to create a disaster plan to figure out what is important for me to save if a disaster were to occur.  I challenged others to do the same and will post their responses in a post next week.  In the meantime, here are the family treasures I would risk saving in the event of a disaster.

Family Bible

This Bible was given to Sarah Norton WEBSTER (my 3rd great-grandmother) by her father Calvin Price WEBSTER in 1850.  It’s very old, and very frail, but a precious memento of my family.  Sarah recorded the births, deaths, and marriages of her family in this Bible.  She also stored some newspaper clippings, such as obituaries.

WEBSTER, Sarah Norton WEBSTER Family Bible 01  WEBSTER, Sarah Norton WEBSTER Family Bible 02  WEBSTER, Sarah Norton WEBSTER Family Bible 03

Grandpa Miller’s Xylophone

My grandma and grandpa, Harold Leslie MILLER & Marie Ethel ROTTMAN bought this cute little xylophone for us grandkids to play with when we visited.  It’s at least 30-years-old.  It’s a keeper!

MILLER, Harold Leslie MILLER Xylophone

Clue Board Game

This one may seem odd, but it’s one of those things that can’t easily be replaced.  The copyright on the game board is 1949 so this collectible is over 50-years-old. Evidentially, my grandaunt Marge owned it; my mom bought at her garage sale when she preparing to move from Chicago to New York.  It is not in pristine condition, so we still play it even today.

CAHILL, Julie Marie CAHILL Clue Board Game

My Baby Pillow

Yes, another oddball.  I have had this little pillow since I was a baby.  It’s torn and tattered, but I still sleep with it (yes, I know, I’m over 30 and should’ve ditched the “security” pillow many moons ago!).

CAHILL, Julie Marie CAHILL Baby Picture 001   CAHILL, Julie Marie CAHILL Baby Pillow 2008

Jim’s Grandfather’s Clock

I don’t know the history behind this clock, or if there even is a story.  All I know if that my husband’s grandfather loves clocks.  He owned this particular one and gave it to Jim and me as a housewarming gift in 2002.


Grandpa Miller’s Miniatures

My grandpa Miller made and sold brass dollhouse miniatures.  These are definitely keepsakes!

MILLER, Harold Leslie MILLER Miniatures

So there you have it.  These are the things I’d have to take with me.  There are many other things that if time permitted, I’d also grab.  And of course all of the important documents, photos, my laptop, and external hard drive.  And let’s not forget the most important things, myself, my husband, the cat, and the puppy.