Category Archives: Holidays

Christmas Past to Christmas Present

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As I was decorating the house the other day for the Christmas holidays, for some reason I started thinking about what my ancestors would have been doing at Christmas time during the civil war.

Christmas Decorations 2013

I’m sure they didn’t string fancy garlands or lights and probably not every one put up a Christmas tree as the European custom of having a tree was just becoming popular.  If they did decorate a tree, I’m sure the decorations would have been handmade usually of stringed sugared fruits, ribbons, popcorn, pine cones, colored paper, silver foil and spun glass ornaments.

As I looked around guiltily at all of my decorations, I wondered did they decorate their houses? Did they sit with their families around a fire and sing songs?  Did they trade gifts and visit neighbors?

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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I took this picture of my Momma last year, but I love it.

Mary Helen Parks Higginbotham

She is a wonderful, wonderful woman and words can’t even begin to express how much I love her.  I see her daily struggle with Alzheimer’s and it saddens me to no end.  If I could have one wish granted it would be to take this horrible disease away from my mother.  She has never expressed one worry about her herself throughout this whole ordeal.  She worries about being a burden and what she is doing to us.  I tell her and I mean it, she will never be a burden.  EVER.  We love her and we will see this through with her, together as a family.

These two boys, are the apple of my eye.  I love them to the moon and back and I am so thankful God chose me to be their mother.

Justin Cole and Michael Cunningham

Yesterday I called my Dad and asked him to think about a special memory of his mother and to ask my mother to do the same.  When I called back later in the day, they had some stories for me to share with you.

Dad told me that when he was about 5 or 6 years old, his momma played on the women’s Independence Basketball Team as a guard and they always played at the North Heights Gym in Texarkana. He loved to go and watch her play. This is one of his favorite memories of her. This is a picture of my Dad with his Mother, Edna Harris Higginbotham at an anniversary party for my Mom and Dad. It was their 25th anniversary. This year will be their 49th anniversary.

Rufus Higginbotham and Edna Harris Higginbotham

Here is a picture of Dad and Memaw from the way back files.

Edna Harris Higginbotham and Rufus Higginbotham

Mom told me that one day when she was a little girl she and her mother were walking down the street in downtown Texarkana and as they got closer and closer they could hear the radio playing over the loud-speaker at Hawkins Feed Store, and they heard the announcement that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. My grandmother grabbed my mother’s hand and they ran all the way home. Not long after that, my grandfather volunteered for the Army and ended up in Japan fighting. They lived with my great-grandfather Parks at the time in what my mother calls “The Big House”, on Walnut Street in downtown Texarkana. Granddad Parks took in women to live in the house whose men were away at ar, and my mother remembers all the good times she had with all the women in the house. After the war was over she and my grandmother went to Fort Chaffee to pick up my grandfather, and he was so skinny and worn down they walked right by him and didn’t even recognize him until he called out to them.

Here is a picture of my grandmother and grandfather Parks.

Bill and Mary Parks

This is the house they lived in during the war, and until my Granddad Parks died in 1966.  My mother always lived here until she went to college.  She had a room in the big house with her grandparents, and my grandparents lived in the little apartment house to the side of the big house.  This house is at 406 Walnut.  A group of lawyers have it now and they have restored it beautifully.  They gave my mom and I tour of it one time.

The Big House, 406 Walnut, Texarkana Arkansas

This is a picture of my mom and grandmother, probably at about the time of the war.

Mary and Mary Helen Parks

One of my favorite memories of my mother and I (I have many though) is the time she, Addie and I went to Bethany, Missouri and found out all about her maternal grandmother’s family that she had never met.  Her grandmother died giving birth to her father so she had never known her.  Her name was Helen Roleke Parks and her father was the mayor of Bethany for 32 years!  Addie took this picture of Mom and I standing by a street sign for a road they named for him.

My Mom and I in Bethany Missouri by a street named after my 2nd great grandfather

Well, that’s our walk down Mother Memory Lane, I hope you will take the time out today to think of your favorite memories and preserve them for future generations.  Had I not asked my father and mother for their memories to do this post, I would never have known my grandmother Higginbotham played basketball!

Susie

Ground Hog Day Elopement

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On Groundhog day in 1935, while most people were worried about whether or not Punxsutawney Phil was going to come out of his hole and see his shadow, my grandparents could have cared less.  All they were worried about was getting to Marshall, Texas and getting married before they got caught.

I’ve posted about this story before which you can read here.  I just can’t help but think of them on this day.  Today, they would have been married for 78 years if they were both still living.

This is my grandparents, Bill and Mary Parks.

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill, or Daddy-O as I called him, passed away when I was seven years old, in 1978 so I don’t have many memories of him.  I do remember him though, and I know how much my grandmother loved him because she mourned him until she died in 2007.  That is a long time to live without the love of your life.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of them together.

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill and Mary Parks, my grandfather was in the Army in WWII.

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill and Mary Parks, I love this picture they look so handsome.

Bill and Mary Parks.

Bill and Mary Parks, going for a ride and they look so happy about it.

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill and Mary Parks, still in love and happy many years later.

So, today as they celebrate together in heaven, I celebrate them here.  They eloped after knowing each other for two weeks and their love endured a life time.  I admire them so much for that.

By the way, Punxsutawney Phil brought them six more weeks of winter in 1935 when they married, and today he says spring is coming so I am really celebrating now!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Just an Old Dress…

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I hope you have all had a wonderful New Years and that your Christmas was merry and bright.  Mine sure was.

I would love to post pictures, but guess what?

I did not take a single picture of our big family gathering.

I know, right?  Completely an epic fail!!

After everyone left and I realized we didn’t take our usual pictures, I was devastated.  How could I, the family genealogy freak, forget to take pictures?  Well, for once I just enjoyed myself and didn’t worry about the stuff I was supposed to do, I just did what I wanted to.  It was great in a way, on the other hand, I sure wish I had some pictures from the night.

Other than that it was a lovely time and now since I have delivered my last gift, I would like to share with you what I made for my siblings and some cousins.

A while back while I was in Texarkana, my cousin Nedra gave each cousin at a cousin’s party a dress that had belonged to my great-grandmother, Mollie Davis Harris.  Which meant she gave my Dad the dress and then I talked him into giving it to me.  Thanks Dad!

Then on another trip, she had found an old suitcase of my grandfather’s and inside was my grandmother’s square dancing dress.  She gave it to me.

When my Aunt Jane passed away I asked my Uncle Charlie to save me one of her shirts and he did, so I got her shirt.

Then on yet another trip, Nedra found another box of Mollie’s dresses while cleaning and she graciously gave me them to me.

I had great plans to make a quilt but the fabrics were so old and stained, I mean my great-grandmother Mollie, she worked in these dresses, so I had to come up with something different.

I took all the dresses to my mother-in-laws house and we had great fun putting them on a form and I took a picture of each dress.  I wanted a good picture before I cut them up.

Here are the dresses and shirts:

My Ancestors Dresses

Then I saw an idea on Pinterest where a girl had made a flower on canvas out of scrapbook paper.  I decided to do this with the fabric from the dresses.

For four weeks I would get the dresses ready to cut, and I just couldn’t do it.

Finally, the weekend before Christmas I decided I had better suck it up and get busy or these gifts would not get done.  Cutting those dresses was one of the hardest things I have ever done and I don’t even know why.

Then I spent two complete days and nights sitting at the kitchen counter cutting and pasting these flowers together.

Making the Flower

This my friends is the finished product of my Ancestor’s clothing.  These will always be near and dear to my heart!

All the Canvas'

I had originally wanted to make the ones that I made for my brothers a fish, but I thought that ended up looking too childish, so my son Michael ended up with that, he loves it, and it is proudly hung in his bedroom.  Everyone just ended up with a flower, boy or girl.

Here is a close up of the fish.

The Fish

And here is a close up of one of the flowers.

Dress Flower

I fully intend to make more for some of my other cousins, I still have plenty of material left.

So, when you look at your ancestors old clothing and think there is nothing else to be done with them, think again people!!!

These flowers will go a long way and now all of us can share in the dresses.

Booyah!

Susie

Thanksgiving 2012

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I hope you all are as stuffed as we are around here.  We had a great time yesterday on Thanksgiving.

Knucklehead and I started the day off by posting a video with good wishes on Facebook.  Of course, he had to add his own flare to the end of it.

Then I got busy and set the two tables for our feast.

Dining Room Table

This is the smaller table I have set up in the kitchen:

Small TableThe night before Knucklehead and I made a banner that we hung on the mantle.  We downloaded a printable, cut it out attached the string and then we hung it.  Took about 20 minutes.

Our Mantle

Then I have to say, I forgot to take a picture of the Food before we started eating.  I probably couldn’t have even if I had thought of it.  As soon as it was ready, man everyone was on it like vultures.  We were hungry!  Also, Shrek had to photobomb the food shot.  I cracked up when I saw this picture.

Food photobombed by ShrekThis is my Mom and Dad.  I love them.

Mom and DadThis is Eddie Baker, Addie’s father and Bette Jarreau, Addie’s Aunt.

Eddie Baker and Bette Jarreau Dad and Knucklehead.

Dad and Michael

Knucklehead, I swear some parents have to worry about their kids not liking to have their picture taken.  Not so with Knucklehead.  He was saying, “Take a picture of me, take a picture of me.”  So I did, here it is.

KnuckleheadThen I set the camera up on the stand and took some group pictures.

This is my brother John, Addie his wife, Eddie and Bette.

John Addie Eddie BetteMe and Knucklehead.

Me and KnuckleheadMe, Addie and John.

Addie Susie and JohnThen I got a shot of everyone.

The GangThen as everyone was leaving, and I was walking them out and not paying attention to the living room area, I guess a certain someone decided to do a self-portrait.  When I started working on the pictures for this post, lo and behold I found this picture on the camera.

Knucklehead self portraitThat Knucklehead!  Never a dull moment I tell you.

If you didn’t notice, The Hubs is missing from my photos.  He had to take a job in Indianapolis and while I am very thankful for that, he will be there for at least six months and I miss him terribly.  The good news is, my wonderful cousin Robert Cowan lives there and they had The Hubs over for Thanksgiving.  He sent me these pictures.  Sorry for the fuzzy-ness of them.

The Hubs.

The Hubs Robert Cowan.

Robert Cowan

Holly Cowan, Robert and Chris’ daughter, and Chris Cowan, Robert’s wife.

Holly and ChrisSo all in all, it was a great holiday.  I missed The Hubs, Justin and William.  Justin is in Alabama with his father, and William is in Colorado going to school and loving it.

I guess most people are out today doing all that crazy holiday shopping.  I just can’t bring myself to do that so it’s tradition in my family to put up Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving so that’s what I will be doing today.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope your holiday was a good as mine.  I feel very blessed.

Susie

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