I'm very glad to see everybody is still here, without me!
For some reason, I never get notices any more.
Well, life has been going on without much change around here, except for one very strange, and scary, thing. Well, can't really say it's one thing, more like one string of things. In the last 5 weeks, either close friends or family of close friends, have lost a family member. Eight funerals in 5 weeks!! It has me a little scared. The good thing is, as far as is known, every one of them were Christians.
I have started a "secret" family group page on facebook. It can only be joined by invitation, and only members can see what is posted on it. I went to a genealogical seminar a couple of weeks ago, and they suggested this as a way of involving the entire family, all the cousins that no longer know each other and their kids who have no clue who we are. I am writing a sort of a blog that I'm posting on it, talking about where the family came from, using info I have found on Ancestry.com and family stories. I have nephews and nieces that are spread around the world and have never met their aunts/uncles, let alone cousins. I'm hoping this will help us to reconnect and get acquainted. Who knows, it may even inspire a family reunion some day, a face to face, in person, reunion. But for now I will be happy with an online one.
I'm also posting old family pictures, and hoping some of my cousins (some who are older than me) may have some old family papers or photo albums sitting around collecting dust somewhere that they will be encouraged to share.
I even went and searched FB looking for "long-lost" cousins, using whatever names I remember or collected on Ancestry, that I can invite. I actually had to introduce myself to them. I'm hoping they will remember the family connection and friend me so they can be included.
I totally forget to check out the Southern Porch without notices. I told Bill the other day my memory is getting so bad I could plan a surprise birthday party for myself and be totally shocked when it happens.
I'll try harder to stay in touch. Miss all of you.