Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Mathias Haf ~

Mathias Haf  (believed to be -1839 ~ 1902)

Prison Warden
Augsburg, Germany 

~ 3rd great-grandfather to yours truly, the keeper of our family memories ~

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, Ethan ~


Eight years ago today, our grandson, Ethan was born.  He's a ton of fun 
and has brought so much joy to our lives!

Happy Birthday, Ethan, we love you to pieces . . . lots of hugs and kisses to you on this
special day!   ~ Love, Oma

(okay, you can stop growing now!) 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Oma Gretel and me ~

~ Margarete 'Oma Gretel' Saule nee Kaiser ~
22 July 1888 ~ 28 May 1972
Augsburg, Germany

~ Gini Webb nee Haf ~
Playing on the same balcony that my Oma Gretel is 
seated at in the photo above.
Augsburg, Germany
ca 1954

Friday, September 7, 2012

Remembering Cheryl ~

7 Sept 1956 ~ 8 Jun 2009 

On this day, 56 years ago, a very dear friend, Cheryl, was born to Hazel and Denver 'Mac' McGill (1921 ~ 2002). Cheryl and I grew up together . . . we met in Monterey, California in 1957, living next door to each other. Cheryl's mom, Hazel, babysat me while my mom was at work. I spent many a summers (Bakersfield, Merced, Castro Valley, CA) and even part of a school year (Merced, CA) living in their home. Hazel and Mac treated me as one of their own and I will never forget how loved I was.

Both of our families moved and migrated to the Bay Area, living within an hour of each other through-out the years. As Cheryl and I grew older, we stayed in touch as much as life would allow us to. There was a period of time that Cheryl and I lost touch but we connected again when we both had our daughters . . . they are very close in age. The last time I saw Cheryl was in 1981 and just before I moved from Northern California to Southern California, . . . when I moved, we lost touch . . . for over 30 years!

This year, I was determined to find her . . . I was very sad to learn that Cheryl passed in 2009 and Mac, her father, passed in 2002, but Hazel, Cheryl's mom, is still with us and well . . . 91 years well! We have been talking . . . a lot, she has been sending photos to me of Cheryl and I. We laugh and cry over so many wonderful memories of those days. What a gift to have found Hazel . . . her mind is bright and sharp . . . she remembers mom and so there are stories that I would have missed had I not found her, she is a beautiful soul and I am so so glad I dug and searched until I found her . . . a sweet reunion!

Cheryl is survived by her beautiful daughter, Chelsey and her beautiful mom, Hazel.

Happy Birthday, Cheryl, we love and miss you . . . .

Photos of Cheryl and I: A gift from Hazel to yours truly ~  
Backgrounds: BeNotForgotPlaying with Brushes  and