Apr 20, 2014

Easter at Tuacahn

What a beautiful Easter service we had at Tuacahn ampitheater this morning.  Lots of people acknowledged the need for Christ's love in their hearts, the weather was nothing short of perfect, the music was great and Rick's message from the Bible's account of Christ's resurrection nothing short of superb.  We got there early and took this photo - couldn't even fit in the top of the natural rock backdrop in my camera frame.  What a beautiful place on a special day. 

Apr 19, 2014


New Droid Ultra and an upgrade from XP to Windows 7 for Bill.  Will we ever catch up?

Mar 29, 2014

Home from the Hospital

It is good to be home.  It is good to sleep in one's own bed.  It is good for a non-interrupted night of sleep!  It is good that God answers prayers.  Bill just spent two days in the hospital resolving a bowel obstruction.  He started feeling bad Wednesday around noon, getting progressively worse until we handed over a Devil Pup meeting at 6 to Steve and headed to the ER.  After four hours in the ER, the diagnosis was made, a hospital room readied, and a treatment to unkink the bowel was decided upon by the doctors.  At least 50% of the time, this treatment works and avoids surgery.  Praise the Lord it worked for Bill.  

A tube was inserted through his nose, down his throat and esophagus, to the stomach and his stomach was slowly vacuumed out!  This relieves pressure on the "gut," allowing it to relax and unkink similar to a hose when you shut off the water.  It wasn't at all a fun process, but was much better than surgery.  Just a few hours of that treatment worked, but the tube was left in for more than a day to make sure.  

Bill has some very bad scarring in his colon from a 9-day hospital stay in St. Louis (a business trip that ended badly) many years ago due to diverticulitis.  The doctor said that is most often the root cause of this condition - that part of the colon isn't as efficient as the "normal" part of the colon.

The first night he was monitored very closely, making a sleepless night for both of us, but the second night was better.  X-rays confirmed that the blockage was gone by Thursday morning, and by Friday morning the tube was removed (another fun event) and he was released to eat again and go home.  Several people from Calvary Chapel came to pray and offer encouragement - much appreciated - and Marines from the Utah Dixie Detachment visited.  A number of people in the veteran community took over at events where Bill was expected to be through next Monday, relieving his mind and letting him get well.  

The only after effect is, not surprisingly, fatigue. I kept our kids in the loop with constant e-mails.  It was where I learned that having the kids e-mail addresses up to date in my home computer really doesn't do much good while at the hospital. 

Mar 9, 2014

James Parks - One Brick Down

A query to the Wells County, Indiana library has netted two bits of information.  My great great grandfather's middle name was Galloway!  James Galloway Parks, born June 17, 1791 in Virginia.  His daughter, Martha J. Parks, by his first (or possibly second) wife married a George W. Harshman, and it was his bio which contained this information.

The second bit of information was Martha J. Parks Harshman's son's second middle name.  (Both her children had two middle names.)  The son was Royal Johnson Hastings Harshman.  The information from Wells County also contained the information that Martha's husband had a first wife named Amy Hickman (though I have seen the name also as Anne Hickman).

James' wife is named in the information from the "Historical Hand Atlas" 1881, History of Wells County, Indiana, as Susannah Goodman.  I believe her maiden name to be Susannah Johnson and her first husband was Goodman.  Royal's first middle name of Johnson would seem to me to be his mother's maiden name.  I have seen both "Susannah Johnson" and "Susannah Goodman." 

I believe the marriage occurred in 1829 per this FamilySearch entry:
Susan Goodman, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994"
Name:     James Parks
Titles and Terms:    
Event Type:     Marriage
Event Date:     24 Aug 1829
Event Place:     Montgomery, Ohio, United States
Spouse's Name:     Susan Goodman
Reference ID:    
GS Film Number:     1030834
Digital Folder Number:     004017452
Image Number:     00098
Citing this Record: "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZYB-WFF : accessed 15 Feb 2014), James Parks and Susan Goodman, 24 Aug 1829; citing Montgomery, Ohio, United States, reference ; FHL microfilm 1030834.
Two children were born before Susannah died in 1842: John G. born in 1832 (died in 1842) and Martha J. Parks referenced above, born 1834 (died in 1902).  Since James would have been about 38 years of age at this marriage, I am making a wild guess that he was married prior to Susannah.

After Susannah's death, James then married Eliza Jane (Clevenger) Thornburg, a widow, in 1845.  She and James were my great great grandparents. 

Jan 17, 2014


Finding an announcement of a ragtime concert at the Cox Auditorium of Dixie State College initiated a wonderful evening of entertainment by 

Mimi Blais
Frederick Hodges,
Martin Spitznagel and others!!

It was a toe-tapping evening!

Dec 31, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

1.  Find James Parks, my great great grandfather.
2.  Finish my heritage scrapbook albums.
3.  Finish Aunt Bonnie's four albums and get them copied and shipped.

I'll be busy!!

Dec 16, 2013

A Glimmer

I’ve had a teeny breakthrough in my James Parks research! A new newspaper has come online in Indiana – a Farmland paper, which is spot on.  Unfortunately, so far the paper’s articles start in 1888, long past James’ lifetime and death.

However I found this article which got my heartbeat going:

1902 May 23, Farmland Enterprise, P5, Farmland, Indiana

Rev. W. F. Mullen and wife (the wife is Lydia Parks, my great grandfather’s sister) were called to Nottingham, Monday, to attend the funeral of the latter’s sister, Mrs. Martha Harshman, (this would actually be a half sister) who died Sunday, after an illness of fourteen weeks from dropsy.  The deceased lady was about seventy years of age and had many friends living in this vicinity.  Her maiden name was Parks, and when a young woman she taught school at Cedar and the Lindsey schoolhouse, south of Neff.

This Martha Harshman would be a daughter of my elusive great great grandfather, James Parks, by his first wife.  [I am descended from his second wife.]  A couple trees on Ancestry give the name of James' first wife as Susannah Johnson.  Since Martha named a couple boys with the middle name of Johnson, I'm inclined to believe that information.  Will 2014 be my lucky year?

Dec 15, 2013

2013 Christmas Card

Only one Christmas card hand made this year.  It's for friends in Connecticut who hang our cards on their tree.  This one features Graphic45 papers.

Dec 12, 2013


WOOHOO!!  5:00 p.m. laundry room pipes have begun to thaw on the hot setting.  Cold runs fine; Hot will take a little more thawing.  There may be clean clothes in this house next weekend after all!!