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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

In Sweet Remembrance of my Beautiful Mom ~ ♥




21 March 1933 ~ 21 July 2010
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Today, marks the fifth year since we lost mom . . . hard to believe this much time has passed. I say the same thing every year at this time, that no matter how much time goes by, it still feels like yesterday. Every moment is very clear and time doesn't change that . . . I still have that ache in my heart.

This year, I picked photos for her memorial collage that I thought brought out how mom lived her life . . . she was fun, happy, content, full of spunk and love and wiser than anyone I have known. She loved life.

There are a few photos that I know she would rather I not share but, as I looked through them, they brought such a smile to my face and heart . . . they are just so "her!" There were so many more but for now, these say it best.

I miss my mom and my best friend more than I can express . . . here's to you mom . . . we love you!

~~~~~~~ ♥ ~~~~~~~

The special bond of Mother and child is written with love on their hearts and souls and make them a part of each other forever.   ~ Author unknown

                                             
                                                                                                          
Photos ~ starting left, going clockwise ~

  • Mom standing in my aunt Ginnie's kitchen on our 2008 trip to Kentucky in our RV.
  • Newspaper photo and article about mom becoming the first female store manager for Montgomery Wards in San Jose.
  • April of 2010 ~ mom flew home to Augsburg to arrange my Oma's (1913 - 2010) memorial service ~ she is playing cards with my cousins, Eleni and Marina at my cousin, Marion's home.
  • Childhood photo ~ guessing she may be about ten or eleven (date is unknown)? 
  • Mom at a vintage car show.
  • Not quite sure what mom was doing with the Spaghetti packages but she was having a great time! 
  • Mom and my daughter, Lacie in Augsburg, Germany in 1992.
  • Mom in her apartment on Homestead Road in Santa Clara . . . the mid 1970's.
  • Center photo ~ mom sitting on the side of her pool (date unknown).
  • The background . . . a letter on note paper from my Oma. 





Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sentimental Sunday ~ 1995 ~ Grand Canyon, Arizona




Slowly, we have been moving back into our home after living in our RV for over four weeks due to a leak from our old refrigerator. The flooring in our entire home had to be replaced. As I put my genea-office back together, I am reorganizing, scanning, and getting rid of things I don’t need any longer. 

I came across this sweet photo of my daughter and my mom, Elfriede Haf (1933-2010), sitting on the rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, in August of 1995 . . . it was a wonderful trip. This summer we are taking a road trip in our RV across country to visit my eighty-four year old aunt in Louisville, Kentucky.  Our first stop . . . the Grand Canyon, I would like to find that same spot and take a photo with my daughter.

Heading out of Arizona, we will then travel on over to Rowlett, Texas, stopping to visit family there. As we travel thru the different states, we plan to take our time and sight see until we get to Missouri, to visit more family . . . and then onto Kentucky.

In Kentucky, I have quite a few family history trips planned. Several of our Tabeling’s that passed away in 1919 from the Spanish flu, are buried at the Cloverport Cemetery together in one plot . . . they have never had a marker for their grave. My aunt and cousin purchased a headstone for them and it was recently installed. My aunt and I will be taking a trip to Cloverport to see that new headstone . . . so grateful that they now have a marker on their grave. I have a few relatives buried at the famous and beautiful Cave Hill Cemetery there in Louisville, so I plan to visit that cemetery also.


Looking forward to getting out of Dodge, taking lots of photos, and making lots of memories to keep and hold onto. 





Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sentimental Sunday ~ Book Page of Margarete Saule nee Kaiser ~




22 July 1888 ~ 28 May 1972
A page from my Haf ~ Kaiser Family Book 

As I created this page for the book I am putting together on my maternal Haf~Kaiser, line, I recalled the few wonderful memories of my great-grandmother, Margarete, aka Gretel. She was a very small framed lady . . . always very warm and loving to me . . . I am so glad that I was able to know her in my lifetime. She had such a sweet smile. I love these photos of her home and how I was there when I was little.

When I was three, mom (1933~2010) and I left Germany, I didn't see my great-grandmother again until 1967 at Christmas time and it was a most memorable time indeed . . . memories to create more pages for my book - I hope to share those pages from time to time here on my blog.