Tuesday, April 25, 2017

1919 Traveler

In 1919, at age 14, Joe's mother, Mary Elizabeth Neely, traveled to Havana, Cuba with her mother's sisters, Dorothy & Mary Frances Gilmore, and John M. Atherton of Louisville, Kentucky. We think the photo above is the same one on her passport application. 

She applied for the passport in Dade County, Florida. She states she was born in Bogota, Texas April 11, 1905. Leaving from Key West, Florida, she's going to Cuba for "recreation" and expects to stay a month. Her plan is to leave on the "first vessel after receiving passport." 

Stature 5'4" tall, high forehead, brown eyes, straight nose, medium mouth, round chin, brown hair, fair complexion, and an oval face. 

Her aunts, Mary Frances Gilmore, "graduate nurse," and Dorothy F. Gilmore confirm Mary is a citizen of the United States. 

The passenger manifest shows that Mary and her party were on the ship Governor Cobb from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida, arriving in Florida December 15, 1919. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Joe!

April 24
1934 We have a shoe and silk stocking that 
appear to be the same ones Joe wore in this picture
1937 at Pentwater, Michigan
Joe & his family vacationed there several times
1938 Joe remembers that his mother liked this clown outfit better than he did. 
We have many pictures of him in this clown suit.
ca 1943
February 2017
With Love

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Because Of Him

It was unthinkable, impossible, unfathomable, unprecedented
A single act, that changed history, possibility, destiny

He was a carpenter, a teacher, an outcast, a leader
Yet he did
What no carpenter, teacher, outcast, leader had ever done

Like all who preceded him
He lived and he died
But unlike all who preceded him  
He rose from the dead
He lived again
He lives
And because he lives
You, you, and she and he and they and we
All will live again

Because of him
Death has no sting
The grave no victory
We can start again
And again

Because of him
Guilt becomes peace
Regret becomes relief
Despair becomes hope

Because of him
We have second chances, clean slates, new beginnings
There’s no such thing as the end

Because of Him

Saturday, April 22, 2017

College Life

Mary Floyd, sorority girl
 both photos - ca 1943 or 1944 - probably at Chi Omega House at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Mary Floyd
Mom wrote "1944 Chi Omega" on this photo
After Mom's death, Dad shared the following story.
The first girl he seriously dated was Edith VonThiel (sp?), who was also a student at Northwestern. She and Dad were "pinned." Edith went to London in 1941 or 1942 to meet Dad's parents, Celia and Caryl. At some point Edith returned Dad's Theta Xi fraternity pin.

Then Dad met and started dating Mom. Dad told me he was unaware that both Mom and Edith were Chi Omegas. He said that "wasn't too smart of me. I don't know if I was just struggling to stay afloat and that's why I wasn't paying attention." 

Edith told Mom to stay away from Dad because of his close relationship with his mother. Dad smiled as he told me this story and didn't comment any further on it. Over the years, Mom had told us about the warning. Mom obviously didn't heed the Edith's counsel. The rest is history!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Look Again

This little yellow house sits between taller structures on one of Kirkland's main streets. 
It's easy to miss or ignore it while driving or walking by. 

Look at the little yellow house from a different angle. It's a beautiful. 
There's much more to it than first meets the eye. 
So it is with each of us. 

Click here for interesting thoughts on "Seeing with New Eyes"

Thursday, April 20, 2017

How Did I Miss This?

My morning walks often take me down this street. It was months before I noticed the HUGE tree in a small piece of land between buildings.
When I became aware of it, I was struck by its beauty. I wondered about its age. Lake Washington used to come up to this street so the tree must have been on the shoreline of the lake for centuries. 
I wondered how I could have walked by this HUGE trunk and never noticed it. Why didn't I ever look up? I don't pay attention to my phone when I'm walking so I wasn't distracted in that way. I tend to notice flowers, why didn't I see what was right in front of me?

Now that I know it's there, I am very aware of the tree, its size, its beauty.
Look up!
Open My Eyes!
And their eyes were opened, and they knew him (Luke 24: 31)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

For Time and Eternity

We were married "til death do you part" in June 1976
In April 1983 (above) we were married for time and all eternity in the temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Washington DC. At the time it was the closest place for us to receive this eternal ordinance.
April 2014
For time and eternity - Our relationship will continue beyond this life. 

Christ spoke of this with Peter
 "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16: 15-19
December 2016