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2016: Day 219 or Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Changes 2

SO MUCH going on around here these days…If you “follow” my Facebook profile, you’ve seen at least some of this – but the biggest thing is NEWS! 😉

  • Top: my family with Aunt Dot Bottom: Four generations - Aunt Dot, her two daughters, me, my children

    Top: Four generations – Aunt Dot, her two daughters, me, my children
    Bottom: my family with Aunt Dot

    Jonathan’s story – Discovering Home – FINALLY releases September 15! It’s available for the preorder price of 2.99!

  • We went to Louisiana for a semi-impromptu family reunion (thrown together in less than a month). About 50 people showed up, including several of my cousins who are avid fans – which is SO COOL!
  • One cousin brought a family Bible (sadly, not OUR family) from the mid-1700s. Printed in England. BEFORE THE REVOLUTION. It was INCREDIBLE!
  • I got to spend about 2 hours with my great-aunt. Dot is 90, but we were able to have her identify a few older pictures – including one of her mother that looks JUST LIKE my oldest daughter.
  • One of my cousins was talking books with the receptionist and she said she’d read my books! HOW COOL IS THAT?! The ONE DAY she didn’t have her Kindle with her! But she made me sign a notebook instead ;).

But the biggest news…

I quit my job.

Me with the lovely Annette - receptionist where Aunt Dot is staying

Me with the lovely Annette – receptionist where Aunt Dot is staying

Well, kind of. Officially, I’m taking the fall off and letting my boss know if/when I want to teach again, but the reality is, once you give up a class, it’s hard to get it back because they have lots of people willing to teach them.


To write full time.

There’s more to it than that, but that’s a HUGE part of it. And the reason why I can consider it at all is that my books are bringing in enough income that I CAN take the fall off.

So yeah. That’s HUGE.

My great-grandmother

My great-grandmother

And I reworked my production schedule for the next six months. If I can stick to it, I’ll have the second two books in the Serenity Landing Second Chances series out by early January and have some novellas coming for you too – Christmas, plus some secret fun ones :D. If I can get into the groove, I hope to be able to release a book every 2.5-3 mos tops. Or four months with a novella in between. Or maybe even more often than that ;).

So those are the changes coming around here. It’ll be two weeks (at least) before it really sets in. My kids go back next Thursday, but the college doesn’t start for another week and a half. Hubs will still be teaching a couple of classes, but I won’t be. And that’ll be odd. I’m going to have to figure out how to find a schedule that works for me. I tend to write best late at night and into the wee hours of the next morning, but that doesn’t work when you have to be up by 630 or even 730 or 8 to get kids to school or assorted other things.

And there we go. The news around here. What’s going on in your life?

More Pics for Seekerville’s Historical Party

WOOHOO!!!!! I found the pics!!!! YAY!!!

Now to see if I can get them to post properly…

While the first set is pretty cool because I look sorta like her, I think the last ones are the coolest overall.  Make sure to scroll all the way down to see dozens of people, possibly in the Missouri River area of MO [nearish KC], including a kid who looks like Huck Finn ;).

Any help on eras/dates anyone?

This is the picture I’ve been wanting the most.  This lady looks enough like I did a decade or so ago that we have to be related.





Is this the same lady? The dress is the same.
And that’s my daughter several years ago.
Is the resemblance just my imagination? (I do think she looks more like the lady in the first picture though)


This is a series of pics that I think are the same family over time, but I don’t know who they are and can’t prove it… (I posted them to Facebook and it ‘grouped pictures of people who might be the same person together’ and it grouped this guy so…)






As Newlyweds?

A bit later?

After a couple of kids…






A few more kids later?





And these are the ones of my family.  The first one, obviously, is much older than the second one.  Original?  My Mark Twain prof agreed that it looked like it could be up near the MO River [this side of my family had land there at one point in this time period] and she’s the one who pointed out the Huck Finn/Tom Sawyer kid [on the right near the front…]

Edit [again]: When in doubt, find the family tree :p.
‘Grandma Tallent’ should be Dolly Reynolds Tallent, b. 1854
‘Aunt Maggie’ is Maggie Tallent b. 12/1883
‘Aunt Ida’ is Ida Mae b. 1882
‘Mom’ should be Amanda (Mandy) Ellen Tallent, b. 1891

‘Mom’ went on to have 7 daughters and 2 sons.
Vesta, Elva, Josephine, Dolly, Rosie/Rosalie, Naomi Ruth and Dot/Dorothy
Carl Eugene and Rhueben Allen

Only Dot is still with us :(. She and Jan are the ones who helped me figure out that ‘Grandma’ is the mother of the two girls, not the sister.

This is the restored version.

Pretty cool, huh?!