The Fights & Flights for Religious Freedoms, of Our Ancestors

Tapestry of Time

We have many ‘Ancestral Men of Faith’, with whom had suffered great persecution, on many sides, during the Protestant Reformation. Many of whom, the Protestants, fled to The New World for their Religious Freedoms. The following is a synopsis of some my notes, showing the Tapestry of Time during the Reformation with my Ancestors and their Religious Persecutions.

The Fights

1520     The Protestant Reformation begins in Northern Europe

Protestantism, began in the early 16th century as a reaction to medieval Roman Catholic doctrines and practices. Along with Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, Protestantism became one of three major forces in Christianity. After a series of European Religious Wars in the 16th and 17th centuries, and into the 19th century, it took a foothold throughout the world, it influenced the social, economic, political, and cultural life of the area.

1521     Saxony, Germany         Martin Luther protests the Church of Rome.

  • Lutheranism born
  • Martin Luther protested against the corruptions of the Church of Rome.
  • Our Family – The Beekmans from our 13th gg parents on were steadfast Protestants, since 1521, when Martin Luther posted his protests against the corruptions of the Church of Rome.

1534     The Protestant Reformation begins in England.

1491-1547     England          King Henry VIII          Anglican    

  • Anglicanism born (Episcopalian in America)
  • In 1534 King Henry VIII for personal reasons, broke with the Church of Rome and established the Church of England, with himself as its secular head. He appointed Thomas Crammer as Archbishop of Canterbury, its spiritual leader. England moved beyond permanent Catholic control, although much of the Catholic liturgy and governance by bishops was adopted into the tradition of the Anglican Church.
  • Our Family – The Sulyards were a prominent Suffolk Roman Catholic family, going back before Gentleman Sir John Sulyard, Knight 1420-1488, our 15th gg father. During The Reformation, they became Recusants, they were Roman Catholics in England whom incurred legal and social penalties in the 16th century and afterward for refusing to attend the services of the Church of England.

  • After King Henry VIII, his son King Edward VI took the throne.

1547-53     England          Edward VI          Anglican

  • Lutheran and Reformed theology invaded Anglicanism during the short reign of Henry’s son, Edward VI, through Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer.
  • Religious freedoms ebbed & flowed from the late 1540’s to the early 1550’s.
  • After King Edward VI death, his half-sister Queen Mary took the throne.

1553-58     England          Queen Mary Tudor          Catholic

  • Daughter of King Henry VIII. Upon becoming Queen of England, Queen ‘Bloody’ Mary, was possessed in her quest to return England to the Roman Church. She persecuted those who refused to abandon Protestantism.
  • In 1555she burned Anglican bishops at the stake, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, English Reformation Leader and author of Book of Common Prayer. The first to be martyred at the stake was  John ‘Thomas Matthew’ Rogers, an English Clergyman, who guided the translation and printing of the 1537 common English ‘Thomas Matthew’ Bible during the reign of Henry VIII. Mary went on to burn reformers at the stake by the hundreds for the ‘Crime’ of being a Protestant. Over 800 dissenters fled, some came under the tutelage of more radical reformers, like John Calvin.
  • This era was known as the Marian Exile, the refugees fled from England with little hope of ever seeing their home or friends again. During their exile, they produced the famous 1560 Geneva Bible, ‘The Bible of the Protestant Reformation’, from which many home-schooled their children.
  • Our Family – Sir John Sulyard of Wetherden (d 1574), the grandson of our 15th gg father, Sir John Sulyard, inherited the Sulyard family’s Suffolk estates and was granted the manor of Haughley, also in Suffolk, by Queen Mary I. a.k.a ‘Bloody Mary’. As a Knight, Sir John Sulyard of Wetherden, our 1st cos, 15xR, probably assisted in the persecution and burning at the stake of Protestants.

1558-1603     England          Queen Elizabeth I          Anglican

  • Daughter of King Henry VIII. She succeeded Mary, her half-sister, and reestablished a more inclusive and tolerant Anglican Church. She warily welcomed from Europe the dissenters, who had become steeped in Reformed theology. Upon their return, they joined others who felt that Elizabeth’s reformation had not gone far enough. They sought to ‘Purify’ the church. (Puritans)

1563     England     The Puritans

  • The Puritans, so named in 1563, criticized Anglican liturgy, ceremonies, and lack of discipline, especially of the clergy. Their push toward independent thought and church autonomy, had laid the foundations for Congregationalism. However, they remained members of the Church of England.
  • The Puritans held to Reformed belief in the sovereignty of God, the authority of scripture as the revelation of God’s will, and the necessity to bend to the will of God. They regarded human rituals and institutions as idolatrous impositions upon the word of God. They wanted to rid the church of old remnants of papism. Puritan zeal in spreading their belief about God’s confrontation with humanity conflicted sharply with the established Anglican church. Nevertheless, they thought of themselves as members of the church, not founders of new churches.
  • The ‘Congregational Way’ probably was born in 1567 when a group of Separatists, calling themselves ‘The Privye Church,’ worshiped in London’s Plumbers’ Hall. They were persecuted severely and their leader killed. Clandestine meetings of Congregationalists continued for simple worship in fields and unexpected rooms, dangerously subject to surveillance by spies for the government, who brought persecution upon the worshipers.

  • Robert Browne, an Anglican priest, was the first conspicuous advocate of Congregationalism in England. By gathering, in 1581, a congregation in Norwich, he expressed his conviction that the only true church was a local body of believers who experienced together the Christian life, united to Christ and to one another by a voluntary covenant. Christ, not the King or Queen, was the head of such a church; the people were its governors, and would elect a pastor, teacher, elders, and deacons, according to the authority of the New Testament. Furthermore, each autonomous church owed communal helpfulness to every other church. He was imprisoned 32 times and fled to the Netherlands, he retained his beliefs but did not remain a Congregationalist, he returned from exile to pastor a small Anglican parish in England.

.1603-1625     England          King James I          Anglican

  • Elizabeth had no heir, so James I, the great-great grandson of King HenryVII ruled England next. He commissioned a new translation of the Bible, The King James Version.
  • Our Family – The Beekmans, from our 13th gg parents on, were steadfast Protestants, since 1521, when Martin Luther’s protest against the corruptions of the Church of Rome.
  • Rev. Gerard Beekman 1558–1625, our 11th gg father, was one of the 47 scholars who helped translate The Original Bible Manuscripts into English, The King James Version. For his services, King James I granted the family a remodeled and special Family Crest.
  • James’s Church of England did not satisfy the Puritans. Yet, they could not agree among themselves about their differences with the church. They were called variously, Dissenters, Independents, Non-Conformists or Separatists. By this time, many Puritans were unwilling to wait for Parliament to institute ecclesiastical reform and separated themselves from the Church of England. Among them were groups that later were called Quakers, Baptists, and Congregationalists.
  • Among the early Separatists were John Smyth, founder of the Baptist Church, and John Robinson, pastor of the Separatist Church in England and Holland. Their lives became entangled with that of William Brewster, who became a leader of the Plymouth Colony in America. Brewster lent his home at Scrooby Manor as a Separatist meeting place. Richard Clyfton became pastor and John Robinson, teacher. Brewster was ruling elder.
  • In 1607 the Separatist Church was discovered, its members imprisoned, placed under surveillance, or forced to flee. They went first to Amsterdam and then to Leyden, Holland. Concerns in Leyden that their children were losing touch with English language and culture, and beset by economic problems and threats of war. 102 of these Holland exiles became the Separatists ‘Saints’ who, under John Carver and William Brewster, migrated to the New World. John Robinson, beloved pastor and teacher stayed with a majority in Holland,
  • In 1619 William Brewster and his associates in Leyden, published an illicit Separatist book called ‘Perth Assembly‘ by Calderwood. The book enraged King James I, who sent authorities to Holland to arrest William Brewster, the printer. Brewster fled to England and went into hiding. He was never apprehended, and later made the voyage to America in 1620.
  • Calderwood wrote ‘Perth Assembly‘ out of protest to King James‘ imposition of the Five Articles upon the Church of Scotland. He fled to Holland after the book, and did not return to Scotland until the death of James I, in 1625.
  • Brewster hid in plain sight from King James I. He created a myth, calling the passengers of the Mayflower ‘poor English farm folk‘. This scheme was a cover for the escape of himself and his printing associates: Edward Winslow, George Soule, Edward Raban and Johannes Sol’s widow.
  •  In 1620, they departed for The New World aboard the Mayflower. On 11 November 1620, needing to maintain order and establish a civil society, the adult male passengers signed The Mayflower Compact, it was a legal social contract that bound the Pilgrims together when they arrived in New England.

  • Our Family –  George Soule Sr. 1590-1677, our 9th gg father, being one of these Mayflower Separatist ‘Saints’, signed the 1620 Mayflower Compact. It was the first legal social contract composed and signed in the New World. He was a printer apprentice under Edward Winslow, as such, he was involved with the printing ‘Perth Assembly‘ by Brewster and his associates.

1625-1649     England          King Charles I          Anglican

  •  The Son of King James. King Charles I was beheaded by Puritans
  • Anglican like his father, but married Catholic, and was thought to lean too Catholic. A civil war during the reign of Charles I was led by English and Scottish Puritans who beheaded the king and under Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector, seized English government, for 11 years.
  • At the end of the first war Charles, the First was being held by the Scottish Presbyterian Army, who handed him over to the parliamentary forces.
  • Our Family – In 1649 George Clemens, a Puritan and a member of British parliament, was 1 of 59 who signed the death warrant for King Charles I, who was then beheaded.
  • In January 1649 a trial was arranged, 135 commissioners were summoned, Some refused to participate, but most were named without their consent. 47 of those named did not appear either in the closed preliminary sessions or the subsequent public trial. At the end of the 4 trials, 57 of the commissioners present signed the death warrant, 2 added their names subsequently. The following day, 30 January, Charles I was beheaded outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall; Charles II went into exile.

1649-60     England     Puritan radicals ruled England with excessive zeal

  • The English Monarchy was replaced with, at first,
  • the Commonwealth of England 1649–53, and then
  • the Protectorate 1653–59, under Cromwell’s personal rule.

1660     England          The Monarchy was Restored in 1660.

  • George Denny Clemens 1615–1660 – My 9th gg father.                                   A Puritan, beheaded in 1660 for his faith.
  • George Clement, son of George and Audry (Denny) Clements, became Puritans, and he along with 10 or 12 others, were beheaded in the year 1660, upon the restoration of the crown to Charles II, for having signed with Oliver Cromwell and 57 others, the warrant for the execution of Charles I.

The Flights

1620     The Mayflower          Separatist

Our Family – In 1620, George Soule 1590 – 1677, our 9th gg father, being one of these Separatist ‘Saints‘, sailed to The New World aboard the Mayflower, and was a signer of The Mayflower Compact. He was a printer apprentice under Edward Winslow, as such, he was involved with the printing of Calderwood’s book ‘Perth Assembly’ by Brewster and his associates in Leyden. King James I was very irate after this publication, causing all involved to go into hiding or flee.

1683     Germantown, Pa.  –  Thirteen Krefeld Emegrants – Quaker/Mennonite

William Penn’s cousins, the Opden Graeffs, an old Krefeld Mennonite family, who ‘turned’ Quaker, abt. 1679. Abraham Op den Graff (1651-1731), our 9th gg father, and his brothers Herman, and Dirck, were among the first Thirteen Krefeld Emegrants of 1683. The first 13 families to settle Germantown, Pa., arriving at Philadelphia from Germany on 6 October 1683. Some Op den Graeffs returned to the Mennonite faith, settling in Skippack, Montgomery County, Pa. and helped founded many ongoing congregations.

  • These notes are mostly on my English lines.
  • Other notes will be on my German and Dutch Netherlands lines.

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Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parent, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

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I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,            and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

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A Memorial Day Poem

We Cannot Thank The Fallen, They are Not Here

We cannot thank the Fallen, they are not Here,
We can thank the Loved ones that they held Dear.
Be thankful for your Freedoms for which they Died.
Remembering the reasons, will keep their spirit Alive,
Through the decades as we Live, Love, and Pray,
We have them to Thank for allowing us, to Live this Way.
-DRD 26 May 2017

God Bless them, One and All.

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This poem was written with a special young family in mind.                                         They like many before them had lost their All in Afghanistan.

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All Gave Some
Some Gave All

WW I – Great Uncle Elmer McAuley -KIA Normandy
WW II – Uncle Bill McAuley -KIA Siapan
among the many, Thank You and Rest in Peace.

Remember in your Prayers, Them & The Families They Left Behind. – Omaeagle.

Textiles In The Blood – Scottish Weavers

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Francis IRVINE… 1846–1924

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I Love Textiles – Genetic DNA Memory?

I Love Brocade, Tapestry, Velvet, all heavy woven fabrics like: tweed, twill, and linen. Especially old Lace, whether it be heavy knit /woven or fine delicate old lace. I Love The touch, feel, weight and look of well made fabric. I guess that came through my ancestral genes.

One of the last of my ancestral lines to emigrate to the U.S.A. was my maternal grandmother’s family. The Irvines and the Symes, were both born in Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Pollokshaws was historically a village predominantly dedicated to weaving. In the 1700’s through the 1800’s they were known for their exceptional weaving skills.

The early mills of Philadelphia were mostly carpet mills and the carpets were hand-loomed. The tradition of hand-looms continued on into the 1880’s. As the textile trade in Philadelphia began to expand to include curtains, woolens, etc., the owners built and modernized their factories into steam powered mills.

My 2nd Great Grandfather Francis Irvine was a loom master /weaver. In the 1880’s when they were setting up the steam powered Textile Mills in Philadelphia, they went to Scotland to recruit him. They brought his whole family of 10 over, complete with their furniture. (The family always joked about my 2nd great aunt Mary being a ‘stowaway’, because my 2nd great grandmother Barbara Syme was pregnant with her at the time.)

* IRVINE, Francis

STAY Tuned… for the next story.

Genetic DNA Memory? Funny thing is 80 years later, his Great Granddaughter Helen (My Mother), also worked in a Philadelphia textile mills. A Bromley Mill that had once been a carpet mill, then converted into a Curtain Mill, and later Tablecloths and Scarves. Quaker Lace.

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Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parents, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,               and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Our Park Map Placemats

Our Outdoor Memories Memorialized.

When our children were young, from preschool on, we would take different park maps and seal them in acetate. We would use them as Placemats for all our meals. When they were very young we explained to them, that it was like we were looking down from the clouds at the park. When we sat at the table, we would look them over to familiarize ourselves with the layout of the parks that we were planning to visit and camp during that season. We would point out the lakes and streams, and the trails that we wanted to try. We would talk about the trails that we have hiked and the many discoveries found on those trails. Through the years, we would mark up the maps with those discoveries, like, where is ‘Our Blueberry Hill’ or ‘Our Raspberry Row’, ‘Our Hidden Bubbling Brook’, ‘Our Special Fishing Spots’, the Best Views, etc.

We would take the Park Map Placemats to camp with us and constantly refer back to them. When we went hiking, we would carry, a marked up, folded map.. As we adventured, we would make additional notes. Once we were back home we would come to an agreement as to what was to be added to the Park Placemat Map.

We still use them to this day. The kids are grown and gone with families of their own. On occasion we were lucky enough to use the Park Map Placemats with our Grandchildren. We all Loved them, what Wonderful memories they hold, ‘Our Secret Spots’, ‘Our Hidden Hideaways’, Our Family’s Personal Park History.

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P.S. The Bonus was: Our children learned to read many kinds of maps at a very young age, and even how to use the Compass, and how to Navigate by the Sun, etc. They were never afraid to set out on an Adventure with map in hand.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,            and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

George Denny Clemens Ancestral Men of Faith

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George Denny Clemens / Clement   1615–1660

A Puritan, beheaded in 1660 for his faith.

My 9th Great Grandfather.

George Clement, son of George and Audry (Denny) Clements, became Puritans and he along with ten or twelve others, were beheaded in the year 1660, upon the restoration of the crown to Charles II, for having signed with Oliver Cromwell and fifty-seven others, the warrant for the execution of Charles the First.

At the end of the first war Charles, the First was being held by the Scottish Presbyterian Army, who handed him over to the parliamentary forces.  George Clemens, a member of British parliament 1647 London, England, Puritan and Mennonite, 1647 a member of British Parliament and was 1 of 59 who signed the death warrant for King Charles I, thus beheaded.

In January 1649 a trial was arranged, comprising 135 commissioners. Some were informed beforehand of their summons, and refused to participate, but most were named without their consent being sought. Forty-seven of those named did not appear either in the preliminary closed sessions or the subsequent public trial. At the end of the four-day trial, 57 of the commissioners present signed the death warrant; two further commissioners added their names subsequently. The following day, 30 January, Charles I was beheaded outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall; Charles II went into exile. The English Monarchy was replaced with, at first, the Commonwealth of England (1649–53) and then the Protectorate (1653–59) under Cromwell’s personal rule.

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Genealogical History of the Gottshall Family,                                                   descendants of Rev. Jacob Gottshall. With complete record of the descendants of William Ziegler Gottshall, Compiled by Rev. N. B. Grubb. Published by The Gottshall Family Association 1924. 128 pgs.

THE CLEMENS FAMILY

Mr. Lewis Waldemar Clemens, of the Royal Colonial Institute, of Toronto, Canada, has for a number of years untiringly searched the family records of the Clemens family back through the archives of Ottawa and has carefully traced the ancestry of the official records of England and Holland, with such success that his complete work has been passed upon by The College of Arms, England, and after strict scrutiny has received the official approval of that institution.

Mr. Clemens traced an unbroken record of the family ancestry back to the sixteenth century, to

I) Clement of Toft, Lincolnshire, England. He was the father of

II) William Clement, of Wissingsett, Norfolkshire, to whom in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, in the year 1563, the Family Arms were granted by the visitation of Norfolk,. made by William Harvey, Clarencieux King of Arms, South of Trent.. and confirmed by John Raven, Richmond Herald. in the year 1613.  The wife of William Clement was one Arm Nernon. They had three children, George, Thomas and Edmund.

III) George Clement, married Audry Denny daughter of John Denny, of Chishunt, and widow of John Haydon, of Longham.

IV) George Clement, son of George and Audry, became Puritans and together with ten or twelve, others were beheaded in the year 1660, upon the restoration of the crown to Charles, for having signed with Oliver Cromwell and fifty-seven others, the warrant for the execution of Charles the First, 1648.  They had a son Jacob.

V) Jacob Clement, born 1651, was nine years old when his father, George Clement, was beheaded.  He and his elder brother John also became Puritans and when Jacob was eighteen years of age, the two brothers came out to America in 1669. Jacob afterwards returned to England and in 1677 he was married there to a woman whose Christian name only has been recorded, Mary.

V) Jacob CLEMENS (1651-1684) married Maria Mary BARTHOLOMEW (1658–1684), Like most Puritans, Anabaptist, etc., they fled England, and lived in the Netherlands to avoid Religious Persecution.

VI) Gerhardt ‘Garret’ Bartholomew CLEMENS (1680–1745) was born in the Netherlands, married Anneli “Anna” Hiestand REIFF (1682–’1745′) born in Alzheim, Switzerland. They were married in The Netherlands in 1702.

They Emigrated in 1709 to Salford, Philadelphia  County, now Montgomery County Penna. They were a Prominent Family in the Salford Mennonite Community.

CLEMENS, Family Memorial Stone at Salford Mennonite Cemetery

  • Gerhardt ‘Garret’ CLEMENS 1680-1745 and
  • Anneli ‘Anna’ REIFF 1682-1745
  • Their Children:
    • Johannes ‘John’ Clemens 1707-unk and wife Elizabeth
    • Elizabeth Anna Clemens 1712-1793 and
    • husband Valentine Kratz 1747-1834
    • Jacob Clemens 1703-1782 and
    • and wife Barbara Clymer 1714-1777
    • Abraham Clemens 1710-1776 and
    • wife Catherine.
  1. Clement of Toft…                                                         My 12th GG Father
  2. William Clement & Ann Nernon                                 My 11th GG Parents
  3. George Clement & Audry Denny                                My 10th GG Parents
  4. George Clement                                                         My 9th GG Father
  5. Jacob Clemens & Maria Mary Bartholomew              My 8th GG Parents
  6. Gerhardt ‘Garret’ Clemens & Anneli “Anna” Reiff     My 7th GG Parents

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Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parents, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,               and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

April Flowers 2018

Spring is Always Here                                                                                         With Flowers Around the Year.

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Mini Orchid Frosty White

Flowers, Flowers, Everywhere…
My Indoor flowers bloom year-round,                            My Hubby buys me bouquets most weeks,                   Plus from February up unto the middle of October,
My outdoor plants gave me flowers…

My Mini Orchid Frosty White
This Baby’s been in bloom since the end Dec. 2017,
He’s near the end of bloom, needs a rest until June.

April 1, 2018 Easter                                                                                                      I added these to my Collection…

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Burnt Orange Lily
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Deep Blue tipped White African Violet.

Some of the Flowers that have blessed my April.

African Violets, Amaryllis, Apples, Bleeding Hearts, Blueberries, Dandelions, Forsythia, Gil-o’er the Ground, Hyacinths, Jonquils, Lesser Celandine, Lilies, Orchids, Periwinkle, Pregnant Onion, Spathiphyllum, Wild Violets, Winter Cress.


The First Week of April

My Pregnant Onion sent up a flower stalk, it will bloom for at least 3 months.

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This is it’s Flower
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My Forsythia is open through gloom of storm & snow
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My Jonquils
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My Lesser Celandine
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My Periwinkle
Hyacinth April 2018 wk 1
My Hyacinth is really trying
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My Kalanchoe is making an appearance

My Cardinal and Tiger Lilies are also coming up

The 2nd & 3rd Week of April

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Wild Violets
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Gil o'er the ground April
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Gil o'er the ground April.
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Bleeding Hearts
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Spathiphyllum
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The 4th Week of April

Blueberries April
Blueberries
Liberty Apple April
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Liberty Apple

BUT… The Pride of My April Blooms are My Amaryllises

My Amaryllises grow 36″ high, and the blooms are over 6″ across.
I have had them over 45 years now. My Mama plant bulb came from my Grandfather back in the 70’s.

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My Amaryllis holding their heads high.

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First Week of April

I have many in various stages of bloom. I have 4 pots with 5 bulbs.                          A total of 8 – 9 flower stalks, each flower stalk has 3 to 4 flowers
So perhaps I will have up to 36 flowers

Amaryllis wk 1 stages of bloom

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Second Week of April

2 of them with 7 flowers on 2 stalks, & 2 more stalks to bloom yet.

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Third Week of April

And the Bloom goes on, and the Bloom goes on.
3 pots, 3 stalks bloomed with 11 flowers, 3 more stalks to go.

Amarylisis Apr 2018 3rd week

Last Week of April

The Last plant to Bloom. 2 stalks, 7 flowers.

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End Note:

Over the years, I have given many of the ‘Baby’ Bulbs to new homes.                   The Best part is receiving some pictures of them when they Bloom. 😀

Thanks for joining me again, I know it’s been awhile.
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I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,               and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

My Christmas Miracle

The Gift of Life – I am a Transplant Recipientth

I have PKD – Polycystic Kidney Disease.                   I received my Gift on Christmas Day 2013.

After my Transplant I mailed a letter to my Donor’s Family through the Gift of Life Program. Today it is 4 years 3 months since my transplant.

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Here is my letter to the donor…

Dear Donor:

I want to Thank You for your precious gift, ‘The Gift of Life’, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

I pray for your family for their loss, and for the Love and Care in honoring your wish to give the gift of Life. Even though you are no longer in the physical world with them, I pray you will always be with them in spirit and in memories of all the good times. I pray the end was easy.

I know not what faith base you are, but for me and my family this will always be the best Christmas ever. You have returned Life to me. After languishing for over five years you have restored to me many things…

As a Mother of four daughters, and five grandchildren, I can now resume my proper place in the family. I will now, once again, be able to tend to them, instead of them always having to worry about and take care of me.

For over 25 year I was a Girl Scout Leader of troops, a volunteer facilitating large council events, and a volunteer at summer resident camp. I was also a Boy Scout facilitating large unit events and a badge counselor (Boat and Water Safety, Kayaking, and Reptiles & Amphibians). I hope I will be able to resume some of these scouting activities. I will not be able to work directly with the kids due to my compromised immune system, but I hope to find a way.

Once again I will be able to be active in my community and church, maybe I will be able to sing once again in the choir.

So as you see Dear Donor, I have much to be Thankful for, thanks to you and your precious Gift. You will be in my thoughts and prays forever.

I am humbled and I thank you.

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This note was included on the back of my 2014 Christmas Card. (above)

A Personal Note & Request:
You all know that I spent 2012 and 2013 going in and out the Hospital.

This past Christmas 2013, I received the ‘The Gift of Life’,                                       for me and my family it was the best Christmas ever.                                    Returning Life to me, after languishing for over 5 years on dialysis.                       For 4 months, Dec 2012 to March 2013, I was literally dying.

This Christmas Day, I ask you to Light a Candle for my Donor Bill and his family.  Please keep them in your prayers, it is so hard to lose someone on Christmas Day.

Because of their Gift, I can once again become active.
I received not ONE, but TWO Kidneys (unheard of).                                          Thanks to all of YOU for your Good Thoughts & Prayers.

Love from Our House to Yours

I have so much to look forward to and to be Thankful for.

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Every Christmas since, we ask the same…                                                          Light a Candle for Bill and his Family.

Donate Life

Please sign up to be an Organ Donor. One organ donor can save up to eight lives. The same donor can also save or improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating tissues and eyes.

Thanks for stopping by,

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,             and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle