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Aug 26, 2014

Next week, I will be on a mini road trip with mom and dad. I’ll be dri­ving them to Evans­ville, ID to see the LST-325 ship which is  sim­i­lar to the ship LST-557 that my grand­fa­ther Clay­ton Spin­ney, (dad’s father) was a mechan­ic on dur­ing WWII. Before gram­pa passed away and the last time I saw him, he shared with me a heart­break­ing sto­ry of see­ing his best friend killed on deck. That was the only time I ever saw my gram­pa have sad­ness on his face but I’m glad he shared the sto­ry. After we tour this ship we will then head over to Buck­han­non, WV to see mom’s side of the fam­i­ly at the old home­stead I love so much. I sure hope my house is still stand­ing when I return home. Alan, Ans­ley...

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Water Well Carved by Dad

Oct 24, 2011

Dad is a wood­carv­er and has carved items for years from sea life, walk­ing sticks, canes, box­es etc. but I think this water well he carved last week is just the cutest. He got the idea from a carv­ing mag­a­zine and thought it would be fun to do. The well sits on top of a clear bot­tle so you can watch the buck­et move up and down. This bot­tle is an old milk bot­tle from my grand­par­ents. Mom told me gram­my and gram­pa Childers used to sell whole milk to locals in the small town of Salem, WV,  from one of their jer­sey cows. I had no clue and was cer­tain­ly hap­py to learn this tad bit of fam­i­ly his­to­ry. The tiny buck­et dad carved is small­er than a thim­ble. You can see it near...

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Happy Labor Day…

Sep 5, 2011

(Dad, Uncle Clay­ton, Aunt Bren­da, Aunt Lin­da, Aunt Wil­da, Mom, Gram­pa Childers and Great Grand­moth­er “Mom­ma” Rand at Gram­my & Gram­pa Spin­ney’s camp in Acton, ME Sum­mer of 1968) Some­times it’s impor­tant to work for that pot of gold.  But oth­er times it’s essen­tial to take time off and to make sure that your most impor­tant deci­sion in the day sim­ply con­sists of choos­ing which col­or to slide down on the rain­bow. ~Dou­glas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I’d Like to Give to...

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Fun notions project…

Feb 22, 2011

While I was on Pin­ter­est look­ing at all the won­der­ful pho­tos post­ed I came across this super cute project. I thought it was such an awe­some idea and knew I had to make one. When my grand­fa­ther passed away mom and dad brought me back a cup and saucer they found in one of Gram­pa’s cab­i­nets. The paint­ed blue­ber­ries remind­ed mom of when we went blue­ber­ry pick­ing one morn­ing while we were vis­it­ing, this past sum­mer. Well I decid­ed I would use this cup and saucer to make my lit­tle notions hold­er and it was super easy. All you need to do is attach some small mag­nets to the bot­tom of the saucer using E6000 as direct­ed on their pack­age. Once the mag­nets were attached I attached the tea cup to the saucer using...

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Another week flew by quick…

Aug 26, 2010

Gosh my blog is tak­ing a huge hit right now. I guess I will give you a quick run through of my week. Lots of neat things going on. First off I am super excit­ed to be a part of Paper Cow­girl next year. I was thrilled when Cindy asked if I would be the guest speak­er and a teacher at her event. This is going to be such a super fun week­end. On a sad note my grand­fa­ther has said his good byes and has told every­one he is ready to pass on. If you would please send him com­fort­ing thoughts and prayers I would real­ly appre­ci­ate it. My Dad has been with him since last Fri­day. Thank­ful­ly my Aunts made it to ME yes­ter­day to see him. So need­less to say since...

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Two weeks and 13 states later…

Jul 23, 2010

I am home and just in time to turn around and head to CHA tomor­row morn­ing. I had a won­der­ful time with my mom and dad dri­ving up to see my Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and my Grand­fa­ther. It was a lot of dri­ving but so worth see­ing every­one. Here is a quick recap of my last two weeks… Vis­it­ed my mom’s (Childers) side of the fam­i­ly in Buck­han­non, WV. Had so much fun see­ing every­one. Down­town Buck­han­non has some adorable and super won­der­ful antique stores. They even have a scrapping/stamping store that I was so hap­py to be able to vis­it. I found lots of items to incor­po­rate into projects for class­es. This is what you see as you look down the hill from my aunt and uncle’s house. This is the old home­stead...

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45 Years…

Jun 3, 2008

Dad says dif­fer­ent­ly but in Dad’s defense Juani­ta was­n’t a very pop­u­lar name back then… Well that night Dad called her house to tell her Mom and Dad that Juani­ta would not be com­ing home tonight.

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thanks for the ride.

Aug 14, 2006

but­tons are foof-a-la Jour­nal­ing reads: Ter­ri, when I saw this pho­to of you it brought back mem­o­ries of Gram­pa Childers tak­ing me and your uncle to this lit­tle pond to fish in Salem, West Vir­ginia.

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