Nine years ago I volunteered to give the life sketch at my father’s funeral. Below are the remarks I prepared. Louis Albert Kirby was the cherished only child of Cecil Robert Kirby and Helen Peterson Kirby. Helen and Cecil had been married 6 years by the time Louis came along on June 8, 1940. Whenever … More What I Said at My Father’s Funeral
Fittingly, the #52Ancestors prompt this week is Mother’s Day. I share with you a letter written by William Moroni Daines to his brothers and sisters (including Lydia Jemima Daines) about their mother, Jemima Seamons. This letter was written by William when he was 67 years old, 22 years after Jemima passed away. This letter was … More William Moroni Daines
Writing about “Grandma Kirby‘s house” is surprisingly difficult. Not emotionally. I have already mourned its loss. The home was sold out of our family in the early 2000s and was torn down in 2013. What makes it difficult is knowing what “facts” I remember are actually true. Between what my parents, my grandma, and my … More The Kirby Family Home
It seems strange to think of my dad, Louis Albert Kirby, as my ancestor, but by definition he is. Regardless, when I saw the #52Ancestors prompt “Invite to Dinner,” I immediately thought of him. If I could invite any of my progenitors to dinner he would be my first choice. I wouldn’t invite him for … More My Dad, Louis Albert Kirby
This year I am participating in a challenge called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Each week I get a writing prompt emailed to me to help me explore my family history. This week’s prompt is “Start,” which means I should talk about myself. Rather than give a life history or ramble on and on about … More Our 2017 in Summary
The phrase “From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success” especially stood out to me. Well, we planted the seeds of the roses of success while the ashes were still hot burning embers. … More From the Ashes of Disaster Grow the Roses of Success
We spent the rest of the day discussing the pros and cons of fighting. OK, let’s be honest…I spent the day weighing the pros and cons. … More Is The Fight Worth It?