Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Vacation of Mixed Emotions

         I am officially back from vacation and back to the old grind stone as they say. Vacations are never long enough it seems,and this one is no exception. We never had a real plan other than our Labor Day weekend at the camp with family.
The boys were jockeys in a race at our parks club house. I think there was some serious trash talking going on!

Then we decided that on the day after Labor Day we would head to Kentucky to do some ancestry research on my mother's side of the family.
Sadly however before the week began we received a call that my husband's aunt Lucille,or Cille as she was called had passed away. It was totally unexpected and only 2 months after we had last seen her. My husband was very close to her and his uncle when he was growing up so it was more like another Mom. She was the sweetest woman I've ever met. I never saw her without a smile on her face and she laughed all the time.
Aunt Lucille and uncle Bob had a sweet love story. I'm not sure of the details but I do know that they had a miss-understanding and had parted as a couple. Bob married someone else and had two kids. Lucille never married. Years later Bob and his wife divorced and he came looking for Lucille.They married and had one son,who is like a brother to my husband.
Aunt Cille is standing second from the right next to her mother.His mom is seated directly in front of her.
Several years ago at a family gathering. Aunt Cille is on right wearing a green top and floral jacket.

The sadist part of all is it was only six months after we lost his Mom. Aunt Cille was the fourth born and the fourth to pass away,exactly in the order they were born. We hope and pray this pattern does not continue.

We did eventually get down to Lancaster Ky to do some searching,however we didn't get past my road block in my family tree. Thank goodness for the internet and,but it still doesn't totally replace the foot work these searches require.
So now I am editing dozens of photo's,answering tons of emails and trying desperately to clear my desk at work....oh and did I mention sewing,cleaning,laundry,grocery shopping,and the ever popular unpacking!
I do want to share what we discovered on our little trip back in time....or at least that's what it felt like with our heads stuck in books and papers all from the 1800's. As boring as sitting in a library may seem to many, to us it was a nice trip, and it felt good to get away,even if it was only just across the river. After all not everyone spends their anniversary each year in a bookstore like we do!

Before I end this post I wanted to share an event I will be sharing with my daughter-in-law,grandson and his girlfriend Friday evening.It is the screening of a docu/drama called Grace Surpasses.

Some beautiful art work used as a teaser for this important film

It is set in the Sudan and follows a young girl and her family.I know it will break my heart and I will cry like a fool,because I cry at AT&T commercials. One of the producers of this film is a family member of my daughter-in-law. From what she has been told making these films is extremely dangerous but they feel compelled to risk it all to bring these issues to light.

I look forward to seeing this film.I always look forward to an evening at the Kentucky Center For The Performing Arts. But I'm really looking forward to an evening out with my kiddos....I mean after all isn't that the best part anyway!
Please check to see if this film will be in your area and spread the word I know this production team needs all the support they can get!


  1. First, I'm SO glad you're back 'cause I MISSED you! Second, I'm really sorry about the passing of your husband's Aunt Lucille! What a sweet-looking woman she was. You can SEE it in her face! In fact, that's a good looking family! Regarding the ancestry search, I have to tell you, Rebecca - be GLAD you have to help your search. When I researched my 'father's' side of the family (I KNOW my Comanche side well because oral tradition has passed it from one generation to the next) all I had was a dark room with a LOT of microfilm. VERY taxing on someone with only one sighted eye! And about Grace Surpasses: OH, how I WANT to see that! I hope it comes to Houston! Thank you for telling us about it! Have the BEST weekend, you sweety!

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's aunt. Losing a loved one is a very painful experience...a blow softened only by the GREAT COMFORTER.

    The movie you mentioned sounds very interesting...and potentially sad. From reading this post and your "About Me," it sounds as though you and I have several things in common - a tender heart being one of them. ;)

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage