You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C.S. Lewis

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mar 14, '15.  This morning, I was invited to ride to Denton (TX) with John where he planned to shop at Harbor Freight.  This was an exciting invitation for Harbor Freight shares a parking lot with Hobby Lobby.  It has been a long, wet, icy, snowy, cold Winter in North Texas; I haven't visited Hobby Lobby, Michael's or Joann's but maybe once each.  Actually, it is more a moratorium on NOT buying more scrap-booking  supplies than the weather that kept me away.  Today, I did a lot of looking and only bought a bottle of glue and two stamps. A success story, for I found several pads of gorgeous paper but I must use up some of this beautiful paper in stash first, I bought no paper.  
    The Kathy Orta Files designed, Retrospective 365 album, that I am filling with Heritage photos of John's KING FAMILY ancestors is progressing nicely.  In fact, closing here so I can add another page to the album.  JMW

Sunday, March 1, 2015

03-01-15   For the last two weeks, I have really been working in my KING Album. I consider it an honor to document my husband's Great-grandparents Jacob and Harriet Fisher KING.  Today, just adding some of the first few pages.  Not totally finished but enough to post:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

History has always been a deep part of me.  No science friction, no space travel, only reading and visiting things of olden days.  I have decided that I love living in the "time" that I do, no wash boards, cooking on wood stove or on coals pulled out from hearth.  No, I love my washing machine, drier, vacuum cleaner, you get the picture.  However, that doesn't mean I can not appreciate the people or modern conveniences of their time.  What I appreciate most, is the people who laid the ground work for those of us now.  For the last several weeks I have been working on King Family Heritage Album.  John's dearly beloved Granny was Dorothy Viola Vivian King who married John Walker Webb.  Granny's "
father" as she called him, was famous in Stone County, AR.  But the person in that family (and really in all the families I have studied) was the "mother."  Both Helen Webb and son John remember stories about Jacob King where Vi called her father "Father," what we do not know is what she called her Mother.  His personally was bigger than life.  Poor Harriet Fisher King was the wife, the help mate, the Mother.  The written account of their migration, after the Civil War,  from North Carolina through the entire length of Tennessee, stopping in the middle of Arkansas tells of her being sick with tuberculosis, is well documented.  I want to use every photo available of the women, this is the way of my honoring them in their contribution to settling the United States.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

1/28/2015   529 College Fund.  I do not want to be picked up by the government snoopers, trying to use words that are not keywords.  In today's WSJ an article reports that the President has withdrawn any interest in taxing the 529 fund.  It took only 7 days for parents and lawyers to make him realize that was not a good idea.  The clamor "was such a distraction" the President "surrender(ed)."  That is good news to little Max, the other grandchildren's account would have been grandfathered.
     Yesterday, John and I spent time reading letters by a grandson of Jacob King. This grandson (and his sister) lived with Jacob and Harriet after the death of their mother.  Their father, a minister, could not care for them.  This grandson gives great insight into Jacob and will add great depth to Jacob's section.  John and his Mother, Miss Helen, already reported that Aunt Vi (Jacob's youngest child) always talked about "Father" and never about Mother, a real sign of the times. My recent research points out why women have had to march, cajole, picket and be arrested to advance Women's Rights.   None of the advancement came easy. It took World War II for great steps to be made.  Harriet was the wife of a poor Baptist minister.  He was a great man, where he chose to live and his profession dictated their standard of living, Harriet and many like her, had no voice.
    One last comment:  Jacob and Harriet had four sons: a lawyer/judge:an educator (teacher/principal): minister; and physician.  Is not that wonderful! Daughters went to two year Mountain Home Baptist College.  More will be reported in family album.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

1/25/2015  Making progress collecting photos and data for Jacob and Harriet Fisher King's album.  Kathy Orta included in her core kit, the word Remember.  I can not decide if that will be the name of the album or something else.  The album will hold more than Jacob and Harriet.  The album is so large I will continue with Dorothy Viola Vivian King Webb (daughter of Jacob and Harriet) and then Elmer Columbus Webb (son of D. Viola). This is going to be a great album for Jacob is a very colorful person.  If I was talented, I would write a book using him as the main character.  He fought with the NC 25th Reg, CSA through some of the bloodiest battles of the war; after the war, he moved his family to Arkansas.  He became licensed as a teacher and music teacher, became a Baptist leader, helping to organize several churches.  He was an organizing member of the Free Masons in Stone co.  His four sons became: lawyer, teacher, Baptist minister and physician.  His younger daughters attended two year Mountain Home College.  All of this in a very poor mountainous region of the Ozark Mountains.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It is dark and rainy in my part of Texas, a very good day, for we always need rain.  In late Dec I started making a true 12 X 12 scrapbooking album designed and tutorial by Kathy Orta.  The album is complete, now 1/22/15, I am organizing materials and papers to use.  The first subject will be Jacob King, John's great-grandfather.  He is a wonderfully fascinating ancestor but choosing material to use is daunting.  Choosing designer papers is even more difficult, I have so much paper and it is so beautiful it is hard to use.  My crafting level is divided between making the album, which I enjoy following tutorial and the construction, but I have little to none creative juices, so using these papers becomes a challenge.  There is constant rearranging of my material, I am trying so hard to use what I have accumulated since 2003.  That taxes my ability and prolongs decisions, however, "perseverance" is my strong point and I aim to present Jacob well and enjoy every piece of paper I cut.  Now, back to my project.

Friday, January 16, 2015

1/16/2015  So far I have not added one bit of information or paper to R 365 album.  I am over come with enormous about of information I have on Jacob King, working slow, gathering photos and decorative paper to do the legend a good job.

The last I heard, this Bible was being donated to Mountain View (AR) Library.  It is the King Family Bible beginning with Jonathan King, born 1800, NC.  Yes, want to take my time and do a good job!