Sunday, December 22, 2019

Celebration Sunday~Genealogy Happy Dance!

You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.

                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 

Share by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.

Sitting on Dad's lap on Christmas Eve 2010

My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 
Going through photos on my phone I discovered this forgotten picture from Christmas Eve 2010! What fun it was to spend the evening with family.  
We have a tradition of food and a special program as we joy in the celebration of the Saviour's birth. 
What special photo. How I miss my dad, especially this first Christmas without him.
So grateful to have found this photo.

My Not So Happy Moment for this week:
My daughter traveled the 2 hours to the cemetery where my grandparents, son, and dad are buried to place flowers on their graves.
She discovered someone had taken the pinwheel and a Harry Potter Pop Figure we had put on Reagan's grave after his headstone was placed. The pinwheel was updated in September due to fading.
Today, they were gone. For some reason, they didn't take the Star Wars Figure.
So sad that someone would steal from a child's grave. 

Visit to Place New Pinwheel
September 2019

Pin Wheel and Harry Potter Figure Missing
December 21, 2019

Grateful, however, for my daughter who traveled to place the flowers.

Dad's plot looks beautiful too.
Still waiting on his headstone to be completed.

My maternal grandparents.
Frank E. Sullivan (Step Grandfather) and Azile Juanita Daughrity Roberts Sullivan

My maternal grandfather.
Gilbert Ernest Roberts

The beautiful live wreath my Aunt Debbie placed on the gate to the plot.

Even though I am sad about the theft from Reagan's grave, I am celebrating with the love of family and memories of those who have passed. 

Merry Christmas!
May you have a wonderful holiday filled with family, friends, and memories of loved ones who couldn't be with us this year!

What had you doing the Happy Dance this week?


                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!

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Looking forward to reading about your Happy Dance moment!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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  1. How sad that someone would steal from a grave, the grave of a child no less. So sorry. Happy you were able to find the picture of much happier times. Thank you so much to support the genealogy community. Merry Christmas! Susan S.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read my post and leave a comment! Merry Christmas to you too!

  2. Thanks for sharing, Cheri. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from NM!

  3. Cheri, it’s so nice of your daughter to do this for the family. As for the mean people taking things best to not spend time thinkIng of them and they cannot take your memories of past loved ones so focus on the good memories. By the way hope you all have a Merry Christmas. Fran 🎄💕🎄