Drawn to the Dogs: Part 3–Dogs are Family, Too!


Contributing Author--My Son, Jeff Adventurers at Heart Our children, Bobby, 14; Jeff, 12; and Jennifer 7, were always adventurers at heart. I like to think they got this trait from me, and I got it from my maternal grandmother, Loretta Lathrop Ford. I wish so very much that they had had a chance to know … Continue reading Drawn to the Dogs: Part 3–Dogs are Family, Too!

The Taylor’s of Culpeper, Virginia (1877-1945)


William Frazier TAYLOR, Jr. William Frazier Taylor, Jr., was my great grand uncle and brother to my paternal great-grandmother, Lottie L. Taylor Chambers. (It's uncanny, my brother John's son, Matthew Burton Boling, four generations later, is the spitting image of William as he appeared in the image on the left.) When William was born on … Continue reading The Taylor’s of Culpeper, Virginia (1877-1945)

My Life’s Five Most Embarrassing Moments


In no specific order: I was 7, some people referred to me as being very demure for my age, and I was usually seen and not heard (because my Great Grandfather preferred children this way).  My Uncle John, Grandfather, Roy, and Dad, Frank, had just returned to the farm in Glenn Dale, Maryland, with a … Continue reading My Life’s Five Most Embarrassing Moments

When Nature Calls


A Glimpse of Life in the "Olden Days" In the olden days, say when our number one son was about six and number two was about four, I would take them with me to shop and to run weekly family errands. Frequently, my mom, mamma, joined us and we shopped together with the boys in tow. One … Continue reading When Nature Calls

“That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger”


OBITUARY:  STAMBAUGH, BONNIE J. (28 Years, 8 Mos., 8 Days) On July 21, 1983 of Colmar Manor, Prince George’s County,  Maryland, third daughter of Delores A. (Boling) Stambaugh and Luther M. Stambaugh; sister of Diane Blesi, Pamela Henry, and Deborah, Connie, and Glenn Stambaugh.  Friends may call at Gasch’s Funeral Home, 4739 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, … Continue reading “That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger”

I’ve Got the Music In Me – Part 6


Bach's Jesu' Joy of Man's Desiring My Beautiful and talented GREAT Niece - Alyssa Nicole LaLone on Saturday, June 1, 2013, granddaughter of my brother Frank and his wife Diane, and daughter of their daughter, Jessica and Todd LaLone,  celebrates her 8th birthday. I've Got The Music In Me (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, or Part 5) … Continue reading I’ve Got the Music In Me – Part 6

Busted “Brick Wall” Reveals More “Chambers”


It's absolutely exhilarating to bust through a genealogical brick wall and reveal more "Chambers" that until now had been hidden from our family. Since 1980 when I first started manually compiling our history I had gleaned only limited information about my dad's maternal Chambers' family from Pennsylvania. If you read my post from a couple … Continue reading Busted “Brick Wall” Reveals More “Chambers”

My Family of Secrets


Helen Louise Chambers Boling (1 Jul 1911 - 16 Mar 1944) My Paternal Great Grandmother: Obituary On Thursday, March 16, 1944, at Baltimore, MD., Helen L. Boling, the wife of Jessie Boling, mother of Frank, Dolores and Barbara Boling and daughter of Frank and Lottie Chambers. Services at the Chambers funeral home, 517 11th st. … Continue reading My Family of Secrets

Soccer Mom vs. Baby Boomer–NOT!


I started writing a post that compares my hectic and dynamic baby boomer activities (those born between 1946 and 1964) this past week, especially, to those of a soccer mom.  You know, that married middle-class woman who lives in the suburbs and has school age children.  She's the woman who puts the interests of her family, and … Continue reading Soccer Mom vs. Baby Boomer–NOT!

Are You Smarter Than An 8th Grader in 1895 Kansas?


In honor of... my paternal family's educators: grand aunt Lelia May Powell Bowling (1903-1985) school teacher for 35 years before retiring and 2nd cousin (6x removed) Anna Peyton Bolling (1836-1919), high school teacher, then principal from 1876-1904 in Petersburg, Virginia, where Anna P. Bolling Junior High School in Petersburg, Virginia was built in 1926 and was … Continue reading Are You Smarter Than An 8th Grader in 1895 Kansas?

Cherry Pink, Apple Blossom White, and Red in the Face!


One week after Easter, two of our sons and their wives came from Lynchburg, VA, and Nanjemoy, MD, so we could all venture into Washington, DC and enjoy the Cherry Blossoms together in full bloom--something our eldest son and his wife did on their own this time last year. (Yes, I know last year's picture reeks … Continue reading Cherry Pink, Apple Blossom White, and Red in the Face!

When I Had to Say Goodbye to My Babies


Starting with my very first Christmas, Santa always left me the most popular baby doll of the times.  She was always center front just under our tree.  And, my babies were always my most prized possessions. My first infant My first infant baby was all rubber and very life-like.  She was delivered in only a … Continue reading When I Had to Say Goodbye to My Babies

Five Generations Together, If Only For A Day!


Easter 2013  Easter always has meant church first and giving thanks to Jesus for his sacrifices for us, then spending the day with our earthly family of loved ones, breaking bread together, hunting for Easter eggs, and giving everyone—young to old--a chocolate Easter bunny on their way home. This year, we are especially fortunate because … Continue reading Five Generations Together, If Only For A Day!

Family Traditions: Were Your Baby Shoes Bronzed?


About My Bronzed Baby Shoes Mom and Dad said I was a late walker at 15 months old.  They also said I had early and great verbal skills.  And, from the time I was a toddler I wanted to get the last word.  When I couldn't, I would silently tap (as in imitating a stomp) … Continue reading Family Traditions: Were Your Baby Shoes Bronzed?

The Diary of Mehetabel Chandler Coit


My Family Connection Lydia Lathrop, my first maternal cousin 8x removed (1718-1794) in 1740 married Joseph Coit, Esquire. Joseph Coit was one of John and Mehetabel Chandler Coit's (1673-1758) six children. Detailed Family Connection of Mehetabel CHANDLER COIT (1673 - 1758)(mother-in-law of aunt of husband of wife of 3rd great grand uncle) Joseph COIT Esq (1698 - 1787) -  son … Continue reading The Diary of Mehetabel Chandler Coit

Think Family–Act from a Global and Humanitarian Perspective


My Direct Line and Extended Family When I initially think "family" I immediately think about my parents and our family's blessing of five living lines of descent--21 people in all: children (3), grandchildren (9), great-grandchildren (7), and great-great grandchildren (2). We are very fortunate that all but five of our direct blood line still reside … Continue reading Think Family–Act from a Global and Humanitarian Perspective