Friday, March 18, 2016

Do Small Things...

Do Small Things with Great Love...
What wonderful words
and a lovely inspiration.
Not all of us can do great things.
But we can do small things...
one small thing at a time.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Irish Ancestry

I was given an Ancestry DNA test as a
gift from my daughter last year.

I received no surprises from the test. 
I knew many of my ancestors came from Germany. 
I knew that my paternal great grandfather was Irish. 
I needed to open an Ancestry account
in order to have access to my results.
That got me hooked and I have been searching
for information on those who came before.

I found that my Irish Dorsey 3rd Great Grandparents
immigrated from Ireland with their 2 sons to
Baltimore, Maryland in 1845.
Has anyone else had their DNA tested?

 Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Everyone can be Irish on this day!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

What do you give Someone for Her 100th Birthday?

In several weeks, we will be celebrating 
Aunt Dot's 100th Birthday. 

Rosa Dorothea Marie is Lou's Father's sister.
She never married. 
When she was in her 80's and someone
asked her why she had so few wrinkles,
she said, "I'm sure it's because I never had to put up
with a man in my life."

She is still sharp of mind but needs
to be in a wheel chair. 
The family is throwing a birthday bash
for her next month.

Our daughters and their cousins thought a photo,
printed on canvas, of all the
great and great-great nieces and nephews
would be a good gift. 
So we trekked down to the family shore house
on a beautiful but a bit cool Sunday afternoon
to try get just the perfect shot. 
I took over 50 photos, some with my camera,
some with daughter Meagan's camera,
and there wasn't one good one in the bunch.
Eyes were closed, heads were turned,
hair was blowing across the girls faces.  
The littles were actually very patient and cooperative
and the older cousins always have a good time
when they get together.
So both sets of photos were given to my
miracle worker son-in-law and he worked his magic,
swapping heads, getting rid of shadows and
brushing hair out of eyes.
He assembled a perfect photo.

This is one of the pictures of Aunt Dot we'll be
using in a slide show at the birthday party.
The marble steps she is laying on in this photo
are part of Baltimore row house history.
Aunt Dot scrubbed these steps every
Saturday with BonAmi.