I was born in Augsburg, Germany, grew up in Northern California. My ancestors are German, English and Scottish . . . settled in Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and Maryland . . . all rich in history and waiting for me to discover and share our story.
The Christmas tree that stands so beautiful and tall, adorned with ornaments as old as I am . . . belonged to my beautiful mom (1933~2010). I was blessed to inherit her family room tree (she always had two artificial trees standing in her home) and ornaments. The furry little kitty (who is not real) laying on mom's wicker chair, always hung out in my mom's office . . . he's now comfy in my home and enjoying Christmas Day.
I also inherited mom's Thomas Kinkade Christmas Village collection . . . it's a beautiful village and each time I look at it . . . I smile and mom and all the memories warm my heart and I know she is here with our family.
~ Happy Holidays and warm Christmas wishes to all . . . to our friends and family . . . to remembering all of those who have gone before us, keeping our Ancestors close to our hearts ~ and to making many new memories in the New Year for generations to come . May all your wishes come true ~
Child of My Child *~*~*
Child of my child
Heart of my heart.
Your smile bridges
The years between us . . .
I am young again, discovering
The world through your eyes.
You have the time to listen
and I have the time to spend,
Delighted to gaze at familiar,
Loved features made new in you again.
Through you I see the future.
Through me, you'll see the past.
In the present, we'll love one another
As long as these moments last.
Author ~ Unknown
Fourteen years ago today . . . we were blessed with the birth of our granddaughter, Emma!
She is a shining star in our lives and always full of love . . . never ever could be replaced . . . Happy Birthday, Emmabeans!
Love and Hugs on your special day from all of us ~
For the past couple of months and as time permits . . . I have been scanning and organizing the many photos I received when my grandmother and mom passed away in 2010. I created a photo album of my maternal Haf line in a timeline fashion. It turned out great and I am happy with the results. It sort of tells our story in photos and instead of photos being in boxes, they are out for us all to look at when we like . . . eventually, I want to make it into a book which will be much easier now that the photos are already in order.
As I was creating this photo album, I came across this photo of my Oma . . . I just smiled . . . this is such a natural and wonderful photo of her . . . now my favorite.
My Aunt Gitta and Uncle Adi ( I believe this is when or around the time they first met!)
My cousin Marion and her father, Uncle Adi dancing
Wedding photo ~ Aunt Gitta's father, my Uncle Helmut (b. 03 Oct 1940 ~ d. 20 Dec 1994). . . Uncle Adi's identical twin, my grandfather Adalbert Haf (b. 04 Dec 1868 ~ d. 09 Feb 1968), and Aunt Gitta and Uncle Adi
Uncle Adi standing next to his car
Uncle Adi's memorial card (center)
Dates and names to many of my German maternal family who are in photos ( my personal photo collection) that I inherited when mom and Oma passed, are unknown at this time. My cousin, Marion in Germany and I are working together with her mom, my Aunt Gitta, to determine dates and persons in many of the photos that mom and I were going over prior to her death in July of 2010. I hope to fill in the blanks to many or all of these photos.
Cheryl and I go way back . . . she was my first childhood friend after arriving in Monterey, California, from Germany. Cheryl's mom and dad took very good care of me while my mom worked during the day.
The last time I saw Cheryl was when our daughters were first born in 1979/1980 . . . When I did a search on Cheryl and her family . . . I found her mom, Hazel and her phone number. She was still living in the same home as back in 1979. Sadly, I found out that Cheryl had suddenly passed in 2009. We spent many a summers together . . . and I only wish we hadn't lost touch.
Hazel and I now talk regularly . . . she is in her mid nineties and doing well. When we talk, we recall many wonderful memories and have shared the good times and the hardships that we have gone through over the years. I did visit Hazel when I traveled back to Santa Clara, CA, for my high school reunion in August of 2012. It was so good to see her and give her a big hug, look at old photos and chat. I made sure I took my Flip Pal Mobile Scanner and as we went through the photos, Hazel was kind enough to let me have several originals and scan many others . . . I had no idea some of these photos even existed. Thank you, dear Hazel.
Cheryl's final resting place is right next to her dad, Mac . . . both resting in peace now.
Happy Birthday my dear friend . . . I miss and love you always ~
Maria Beierlein nee Saule, is my grand step-aunt . . . step-sister to my Oma, Liselotte Haf nee Kaiser-Saule (1913~2010).
I found this wonderful wedding photo among the photos that my mom, Elfreide Haf-Serafin (1933~2010), brought back from Germany in April of 2010. I noticed aunt Maria's flower bouquet is very similar to my mom's bridal bouquet in this → photo - both so beautiful.
I remember very little of aunt Maria and I spent some time today attempting to find records on her but was unsuccessful . . . time to call my auntie Gitta in Augsburg.
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
It's hard to believe it's been three years since my beautiful mom, Elfriede Haf-Serafin, passed away . . . time passes quickly and as I have said all along, it still feels like yesterday . . . I guess it always will.
What a mom she was though . . . I can't thank her enough for being the loving, wise, warm and giving mom she was to me. I sure wish I had asked those certain questions (as we all wished we had) so that I could have gotten to know her more as the great woman she was outside of being "mom" . . . but, I have been blessed with many years of beautiful memories of life with mom and that sustains me . . . thank you, mom.
We miss her here deeply . . . we continue to keep her memory alive each day . . . her love and legacy lives through me, her grandchild, great-grandchildren and all who knew her . . . we love you mom . . . Schlaf gut . . . Schlaf in Himmlischer Ruh . . . .
If roses grow in Heaven, Lord, pick a bunch for me ~ Place them in my Mother's arms & tell her they're from me ~ Tell her that I love & miss her, & when she turns to smile ~ place a kiss upon her cheek & hold her for a while ~ Because remembering her is easy ~ I . . . do it everyday ~ There's an ache within my heart that will never go away. ~ Author unknown
♥ Thank you Terri Kallio, for creating this beautiful collage of mom, including our hands, Augsburg in the background and surprising me . . . my heart is full.
Ten years ago today, Terry, aka Tigger, our dear friend and my husbands partner on the SDPD Motorcycle Squad, was suddenly taken while on duty.
Brennan (1995~2012), Terry's son, passed away on November 18, 2012 . . . they are now together . . . both are missed deeply and will forever be remembered.
~ Rest in Peace "Tigger" ~
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