Saturday, June 24, 2017

45 years ago, what did I know?

I cannot believe that we have been married for 45 years.   I guess we have and I guess we are that old!


June 24, 1972
June 1997- 25th anniversary

Renewing our vows for our 25th anniversary



May 2017 with all five kids


Established in 1972






Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sometimes

Sometimes grief whispers and tip toes around.

Sometimes it hits like a ton of bricks. 

It is so hard to prepare for

So hard to predict

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

From Zero to 99 in a flash

We all knew that Grandma Sherwood was old.  We all knew she wouldn't live forever.  We were so lucky to have her for so long.   And really, up to the last month of her life, she was fiercely independent, and opinionated.  She was weaker than in years past, but her sharp wit was there.

She died quietly.   Painlessly.    Gradually enough that we knew it was coming.

All of the practicalities that must be dealt with when someone dies.  Planning the funeral, burial, reception.   Sadness one minute, laughter the next.    One of those occasions when the family all comes together.   As much to be together as to say a final farewell.

My mother in law gave me a priceless gift a few days before she died.  As I leaned down to kiss  her goodbye, she stared into my eyes with her pure blue eyes and said "I have liked you for a very long time".   She was not focused, but away somewhere.   That was the best gift I have ever received.

We have found hundreds of old family pictures.   What to do with them all.  I feel that we are the stewards of them.

From a little baby to an old woman, and even in death, Mary Sherwood was very loved.

Mary Imogene Burke 9 weeks old




Mary Burke Sherwood November 23, 1917- May 3, 2017

 

Mary B. Sherwood (99), a retired-writer editor for the U.S. Information Agency died May 3 at her home at Goodwin House, Alexandria. For several years she wrote a column for the Agency, "The Week in the United States" about domestic matters ranging from civil rights to politics, which was widely published in overseas newspapers. She covered news assignments at the White House and State Department, as well as Republican and Democratic national party conventions. As a member of the press, she accompanied presidential campaign tours of Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, and George McGovern, and traveled with Pat Nixon to Peru and Africa. In her retirement her hobby was genealogy and she wrote a book about one of her ancestors, "Pilgrim: A Biography of William Brewster," which is still in print. She also wrote a booklet about her Irish immigrant grandparents, "Nicholas Burke and Margaret Shannon: Their Descendants and a Few Ancestors." She was born in Red Oak, Iowa, November 23, 1917, and graduated in journalism from the University of Iowa. She spent most of her life as a resident of Falls Church. Her husband of 70 years, Robert B. Sherwood, died in 2010. She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Sherwood of Annapolis, MD., and Venice, FL, a son, Nicholas A. Sherwood of Reston, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Graham Road Methodist Church, Falls Church; Pi Beta Phi social sorority, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the National Press Club.

 


Monday, May 8, 2017

Ever after

My in laws were married for 70 years.  They loved each other and were in love with each other.  And now, they are together again:





Bob and Mary Sherwood's wedding August 5, 1940
Mary's wedding dress

Fiftieth Anniversary





Still in love!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Mary Burke Sherwood

My mother in law died this week.  She was sick for about a month and she got weaker and weaker and finally want to sleep forever,   She was 99 years old.

Mary was an only child and she was a very loved little girl  



Infant Mary Burk, born in 1917, Lilie Burke, Mary's mother, who was born in 1879.   Mary's Grandmother, Hattie Leland, not sure when she was born









Bob and Mary Sherwood with young Betsy at the beginning of WWII







The first three grandchildren 1981

Bob & Mary's 50th anniversary 1990



Mary reading


Thanksgiving 

 
Three generations of Sherwood's, with 30 years between each generation








Sunday, April 23, 2017

Kjørrefjord

This is the house my Grandfather was born in.  These are some of my Norwegian family .

 

 

Kjørrefjord--the family name

 This would have been my family name if my grandfather had not come to America.  

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kjørrefjord is a barrier to List between Farsund and Vanse .
Kjørrefjord
Farm No. 13
Kjørrefjord





Country Norway Norway
County Vest-Agder
Municipality Farsund
Status Matrikkelgård
Area 1.37 km²
The state bought a part of Kjørrefjord around 1880 and started Kyrrefjord nursery school, one of the country's first. One purpose of the establishment was to contribute to forest rearing in Lista and surroundings, which at that time was almost deforestation. The nursery was run by the public until 1927, and then privately run until around 1940. Kjørrefjordskogen is currently owned by Upplysningsvesenet's foundation , and the forest is one of the largest producers of decorative greenery at Agder [1] .

Etymology

The name may come from Kyrrefjord , which means "The quiet fjord". [2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Forest Society in Agder (31.10.2012). «Nature trail to Kjørrefjordskogen» . Visited 27.11.2015 .
  2. ^ Vere, Njål (1994). The Art , 2. Own Publishing . P. 195.

Literature

  • Kåre Rudjord: Listaboka II - gard and folk , Farsund 1981

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

Birth order 4th, 5th, 2nd, first and 3rd


This is from Christmas a few years ago.  But it is illustrative of who I used to color eggs for at Easter time  (if you click on the picture it gets bigger)