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Nearly 6 years …

It’s been nearly 6 years since I posted anything here. So glad to see the memories are still here waiting for me and for my family.

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I recently read a blog post that led me to photos from The Battle of the Bulge, and I wanted to share them, knowing this is one of the places my grandfather was.

The link is at dailymail.co.uk

I know I’ve haven’t shared much here lately.  Right now is my season to spend with the living.  Hopefully I can balance my life out soon, and return to sharing the stories of my grandparents.

But, today I wish my dear Grandpa a happy birthday.  If he had lived, he would be 90 today.

Dewain Silvester - 1926

Life has sure changed since he was born.  We miss you and love you, Grandpa.

D-Day


http://www.gocomics.com/redandrover/2011/06/06

This was the only comic strip that I saw today that remembered D-Day.

I haven’t done much here, but I have hopes that someday my free time will bring me back to my grandparents.  I recently became custodian of more boxes of my family history, including Grandpa’s scrapbook from his WWII days.  I look forward to teaching my children the living history of the stories of their ancestors.

I probably never really knew when my grandparents’ birthdays were when they were alive.  It just didn’t seem to cross my radar screen.  But now, thanks to Outlook and reminders, I can have a sense of when they are.  Now, if I would just sit down and program my calender for all the living people I want to honor.

Zola Rudd was born 5 August 1921 in Parker, Idaho.

Some quick memories:

* being there in the summer and helping Grandma pick raspberries and taking home freezer raspberry jam

* staying there, and eating all the marshmallows out of the Lucky Charms

* getting copies of genealogy and family stories from Grandma because she loved them so much

* the grape smell of her shampoo, which I never had (I may, soon, need shampoo for gray hair)

* how when I was 11 I couldn’t take the extra shoes she couldn’t wear because they were much too small for me

* knowing about how she used to drive the bus that was in the back of the house so she could take all the boys camping

* getting to wash off the huge inner tube at the beginning of summer so we could jump; I’m not sure which was more fun, the washing or the jumping

* “crashed and burned”

* getting milk in bottles from the milkman

Dewain Silvester was born in 1921 in Rexburg, Idaho on July 16th.  Happy Birthday, Grandpa.  I miss you.

Dewain Silvester