Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Best Friends

In participation with the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy, I am submitting the following article:  "Best Friends".

Often times we overlook some of the important little things in our families such as "Our Pets".  If you have ever owned one, you know!  You know that they become intertwined with your family and your daily lives just as your mom, dad, siblings or any other member of your family.  The following is how my son's dog became a member of the "Inge Family".


For several months, Ronnie had been planting seed's into the mind of my youngest son that he needed a Beagle.  The reasoning behind this to him was simple.... Hunting!  Ronnie would tell Dustin about a Beagle he once owned named Sarg and what a great "Rabbit Dog" he was and all the many wonderful hours they spent hunting rabbits.  So, needless to say the story begins...

Dustin began looking everywhere for a Beagle. 
One afternoon I received a phone call at work from my son telling me he found a Beagle in the newspaper for $50.  He also informed me that all he wanted for his birthday was money.  I told him we would talk about it when I came home to change clothes for school. 
When I got home from work, Dustin was impatiently waiting for me on the porch and ready to pounce on me about the find in the paper.  He had already called the dog's owner to inquire about price and to ask him how long he would hold one because his Birthday was in 2 weeks and he would have the money.  Lucky for me the man told him he would hold one.  I told Dustin I would have to think about it because we didn't have a fenced yard and off to my night class I went.  When I arrived back around 9:30 that night, I came home to fencing laying on my porch so that I would trip over it.

"The fence he found out behind our house in the wooded area"

So, then I had to find another reason to throw him off track.  Therefore, I decided to tell him I didn't have the money for the pet deposit.  I would have to think about it.  The next day after school Dustin called and told me he had called the "LANDLORD" and talked to him and they made a deal where he could pay the deposit out since he was working mowing lawns each week.  What the heck do you say to that?

So, I told him I would talk to Ronnie and see what he said.  After talking to Ronnie he told me to hold off since he was out of town working and couldn't be there to help us put up a proper fence.  I passed the word along and needless to say Dustin was heart broken.

That weekend we had all planned a suprise pool party for Dustin's birthday and all his cousins and both of his grandmother's came to the party.  While the kids played the grandmother's and I stayed inside and talked.  One grandmother mentioned the puppy and asked me why Ronnie said no.  I told her he wasn't here to build a fence and he wanted to wait.  As they talked she mentions how hard Dustin had been working in school and that he deserved the dog.  So she had me call to see if the dog was still available.  We are in luck, there are still two puppies left.  About that time, Dustin comes in and the man down the street has decided to give him a dog kennel... with a dog house included.

"This is the Dog House and Kennel"

So off down the street Dustin's grandma sends all the kids to bring the kennel and dog house home.  They come back in a few minutes and Dustin said now the man wants to sell it for $60.  I go to say no and off they go again, this time with grandma on their side.  We all know how this is gonna turn out right?

You guessed it, when they arrive back at the house, grandma and Dustin have the kennel and dog house in the back of her truck and off we all go to see the puppies.  Before leaving we explain that we will decide if the puppies are ok to bring one home.  (now you all know he is gonna bring one home)

We drive all the way up into Oklahoma to see the puppy and instantly everyone falls in love.  Dustin and Raegan are both ewwing and awwing over the puppies.  Dustin decides on the fattest one of the bunch and tells the man:  "How much do you want for that one?"  The man tells Dustin he heard that he had worked very hard for that puppy and he was going to make him a deal.  He disappears into the barn and in a few minutes comes back out and gives the pup a shot.  He informs Dustin that he just gave him his first puppy shots and he needs to give him two more rounds.  He then informs Dustin that he was having a special today and he was going to take $20.00 off the asking price and he could have him for $30.00. 

 Dustin and his new pup

Dustin and his grandmother worked the next day to put together his dog pen and fix it up for the pup.  They also decided to name him "Copper"

What an awesome grandma...
Dustin working on the cage.
"Copper" (6 weeks old)
Since that day, Copper and Dustin have created a bond that will never be broken and they have become the "BEST of FRIENDS"

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Nana's Sugar Cookies" ~ Treasure Chest Thursday

My dad's favorite cookie has always been "Sugar Cookies".  For several years, I had made one special recipe out of one of my grandmother's cook books for him each Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Each time I made it, the cookies were as hard as rocks.  However, each time I made them he ate ever single one and never complained.  Finally, Nana discovered this recipe and it was instantly a hit.  Each time she would make them, she'd have to make sure my youngest son was not around, because he would eat them off the plate faster than she could scoop them off the cookie sheet.  Once she got them cooked, she'd have to make sure she put the first batch aside for my dad and then make another batch for Dustin.  This at times could be a very difficult task.  However, each and every cookie was always enjoyed.

Thanksgiving is a time for Sharing,
a time for family,
a time for giving thanks.....

Let's remember what is important in our lives and this Thanksgiving while we are around our families, take time time to get those special memories told. Write down grandma's pie recipe, or moms dressing recipe, or that secret ingredient we are missing.  While everyone is gathered around the table eating or in the kitchen cooking, jot down notes of memories that are shared from Holidays' past so that you may perserve them for future generations to enjoy.....

Happy Thanksgiving!
Love Robin

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday~

Cora Etta Evans
28 Oct 1900 ~ 10 April 1981
Daughter of William Henry Clark and Amanda Elizabeth Dougan-Clark
Married to:  George Cletus Evans on 28 Nov 1920 in Fannin Co., Texas

Children:  Lyndol Ray Evans, Jimmy Lynn Evans, Clinton Ray Evans

Burial Place:  Indian Creek Cemetery @ Delba, TX

Miss you Aunt Cora

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday~ In Honor of Veteran's Day

These are just a few of my family members who have served in the military.
Lyndol Evans-Army
Donnie Ray Cordell-Father
Robert John Campbell-Grandfather
John Ray Bardin
Raymond Francis Cordell-Grandfather
Jesse Faleris-Cousin
William Faleris