Archive for May, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

Thank-You could not say enough to the brave men and women in our armed forces, and to the Veterans who have bravely fought to preserve a free & democratic America for us, and for future generations. Happy Memorial Day, and God Bless!

The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have receiv’d them as a fair Inheritance from our worthy Ancestors: They purchas’d them for us with toil and danger and expence of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men. Of the latter we are in most danger at present: Let us therefore be aware of it. Let us contemplate our forefathers and posterity; and resolve to maintain the rights bequeath’d to us from the former, for the sake of the latter.” — Samuel Adams, Essay, written under the pseudonym “Candidus,” in The Boston Gazette (14 October 1771) .

Samuel Adams was an American revolutionary, who helped organize the Boston Tea Party. Adams was also governor of Massachusetts from 1793 to 1797.

May 31, 2010 at 5:27 am Leave a comment

New Category: Letters to My Kids

Dear Children,

I was working on this blog when it occurred to me the amazing adventure I have taken to retrace our family’s history and record these stories you are reading. I know one day you will have questions and want to hear these stories…and this journey will bring us closer as a family.

I thought of the night your cousin Nile, and I, sat in your cousin Dugga’s living room. We huddled together to listen to his stories of the Martin family. He remembered people and events that had been lost until his raspy voice recalled memories, and brought them to life in his stories. I grew up in Minnesota, not knowing of Dugga until I traveled to Selma as an adult. Though years and distance had kept us apart, when I was finally able to meet Dugga, it was as if there was no distance or years apart…the very stories, and connection between family had drawn us together. I know too, this will be for you…

So I am beginning a section of “In Our Hearts” to write letters to you, my precious children. And I hope to create a journal you can look on years from now, and know how much I love you…and know what an incredible family you have!

Love, xoxoxox Mommy xoxoxox

May 25, 2010 at 3:23 am 3 comments

Letter to My Kids: Swimming Mt. Everest

Summer is Almost Here, How about a dip in Mount Everest??:

Know how Polar Bear Dipping is popular during winter in Minnesota??

Well check this out…. British Man in Speedo is the first to Swim under Icy Mt. Everest
Date: May 24, 2010

Lewis Gordon Pugh aka “The Human Polar Bear” first braved the freezing waters of Antarctica and the North Pole then set his sights on a bigger feat: Mount Everest. Lewis braved sickness and nearly drowning to swim across Pumori Lake in 22 minutes and 51 seconds. He wore only a Speedo, cap and goggles and had to swim very slowly because of the high altitudes (the lake is 17,000 feet above sea level).

Lewis completed the swim to raise awareness about melting glaciers and the lack of water supply in the Himalayas, “Most glaciers are melting away. The glaciers in the Himalayas are not just ice. They are a lifeline – they provide water to approximately two billion people.”
Congrats, Lewis! We wish you the best on your work.



Source:Meera Dolasia, DOGO News, April 22, 2015: Lewis Pugh Swims Antarctica’s Icy Ross Sea To Save Pristine Ecosystem


May 25, 2010 at 3:14 am Leave a comment

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

* Love your family and your children, they are a gift from God.
* Remember your ancestors and those who walked before you, their prayers, work and love is the foundation for our lives.
* Thank God, our Heavenly Father, for we are His workmanship, made in His image. Our very lives, this world and everything in it is a manifestation of His great love.

Happy Mother’s Day to my children, I know we can’t be together but I love you very much, and pray that God will keep bring us together again. On that wonderful day we will be dancing, singing and getting merry like Christmas.

My children, I love you. I thank God for you everyday.

And to Grandma Dee, you have always been like a guardian angel in my life… My son is named after you. Everytime I hear the Blind Boys of Alabame sing “Mother Pray”, I think of you. You are deeply loved, rest in peace.

In Our Hearts, 2010.

“Mother Pray”

American Spiritual

How sweet and happy seem those days of which I dream
Memories I recall now and then
And with a rapture sweet my weary heart would beat
If I could hear my mother pray again
If I could only hear my mother pray again
If I could hear her tender voice as then
How happy I would be
It would mean so much to me
If I could hear my mother pray again
Around the old homeplace her cherishing smiling face
Was always bringing comfort joy and cheer
And when she used to sing to her eternal King
It was the sound I loved to hear
If I could only hear my mother pray again
If I could hear her tender voice as then
How happy I would be
It would mean so much to me
If I could hear my mother pray again
If I could hear my mother pray again
If I could hear my mother pray again

May 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm Leave a comment


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