Thursday, February 15, 2018

Marvel Rae

I added these letters, telegram and picture to FamilySearch and Ancestry and just wanted to also put them here and to tell the story behind them.
My parents, Bob and LeeElda met in 1939 and were married in August, they were both young (Bob 19, LeeElda 17)  and had nothing in the way of material, wordly goods.  Their first child Marvel Rae was born in December of that same year.  They had been living in Nyssa Oregon, and then moved to Hermiston Oregon when dad got a job at the Army Ammunition Dump.  These letters were written to Bob's parents in Nebraska from there.  They are poignant, reading about how happy mom was and how much Marvel was loved, knowing that she would soon be gone. She died from Infantile diarrhea and went very quickly from a healthy 2 year old to very sick and then gone.  I can't imagine what a shock that must have been for them and the feelings of helplessness and heartache they endured as a  young couple.  I know this impacted their lives in many ways and often think of how it changed them.
I feel fortunate to have these letters and telegrams to document their history.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


 Last month we took a trip to northern California to meet up with Rachel and Casey and fam while they were in California.  We rented a house in Eureka-great idea-and just roamed around the area.  The Redwoods were as beautiful as ever and we took a fun walk through one of the old growth forests-the Lady Bird Johnson grove.  It was perfect, not too hot, the rain didn't interfere and we had fun playing games and visiting.  As usual I didn't take as many pictures as I thought I would, I'm always having too much fun to stop it all and take a picture, but then I wish I had more pictures!

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Looking back at some of the crazy fun of this summer. Rachel and the kids came for a visit and we spent as much time as we could together with Draper and family.  Bunnies were bought-more than we had planned on-it was hot so we spent a lot of time in the water.  I got stung by a bee, Olson got stung by a wasp. I went to Alaska to visit and to babysit, Calvin joined me and had a great Alaska ATV adventure. We had an awesome bus trip through Denali, saw grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, red fox, sheep. I got lots of snuggle and reading stories on Grandma's lap time.  I missed them as soon as I was through security.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


I have a lot of excuses for why I haven't blogged for months: I don't have a good camera, I have a pretty dull life, my computer died, I'm broke, but I'm sure no one is interested in the excuses (I imagine there aren't a lot of people who are interested in my blog to begin with, but that won't stop me). I went into Sprint to complain about my service and came out with a free tablet, so until I am no longer broke and the computer is fixed I will tap away on this little keyboard, trying to document our life.
I've been slowly but steadily making quilt tops from mostly scraps.  They tend to all look alike, and I seem to have a lot of pink fabric. I don't remember ever buying pink fabric on purpose,  but there it is, all throughout the scrappy quilts. Kind of makes me think about other things in my life that keep popping up even though I don't purposely go looking for them-good and bad-and I don't notice until later when I look back over my life, "oh here it is, and here, where did that come from? Here I am in this situation again, or look here and here this is where I was off track or this is when I was listening to the Spirit. "  That's one of the reasons why I love quilting,  it connects to life in many different ways. It's not just about cutting up fabric and sewing it together,
 Here is my first Swoon block. I love this pattern by Camille Roskelly "Thimbleblossoms".
 My first try at a String quilt. I paper pieced, using mostly scraps-see all the pink?

St. Nicholas cross stitch to add to my Santa collection.  It's not completely finished,  I still need to find smaller beads for the snowflakes,  these look like snowballs. Then it needs pressed before it gets framed. Or put in the "someday these will get framed" box.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Number Eight

 Tucker Bradford arrived in July and I was able to fly to Alaska to see him and help out for awhile.
 His quilt-
 He has this concerned expression quite often, I think he knows what's ahead with 2 sisters!
 Mama and baby looking beautiful.

 Oldest Sis Meg, she is a big help!
 Gosh I love that baby face.
Rachel is taking it all in stride.  I had such a great visit in Alaska, I'll show more photos soon.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Number Seven

Announcing the happy news of the arrival of Grandbaby #7, Holden James Robinson. I was able to be there for the delivery, it was amazing.  This is boy #4 for the Robinson household-can you imagine the grocery bills?  Oh how I love these stinky little boys.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

House Hunt

 A few weeks ago we had a visit from my cousin and her son, while they were here we were digging through old pictures and documents, elbow deep in family history.  I ran across these old letters addressed to my Mom in the 40's, I had forgotten that they lived here in Vancouver for awhile after the war and I was so excited to go on an adventure to see where they had lived.  We only found one of the three houses because two of the addresses have changed over the years.
This little place is not too far from where we live.  It is in a neighborhood of homes that were built during the war for ship yard workers.  I wish my Mom were still here to tell me about their time here.  I'm sure she would love the plastic palm tree in the yard :)
A couple of the addresses were in McLoughlin Heights, an area that was built during the war, I found a web site about that time period, it's great to know a little about why these areas were built.  It can be found here: McLoughlin Heights