Friday, April 04, 2008

Shepard Family Update, April 4

Dear Family members and friends,

Hello from San Francisco, where Cindy and I just celebrated our son Nathan's birthday with him yesterday. We don't feel old enough to have a son who is 31, but we are. And just think... Maida has 4 grandchildren in their 30s: Nathan, Kelly, Jason and Kerri. No wait... Maida has 4 grandchildren who are AT LEAST in their 30s. One just turned 40 last month.

Fascinating Family Fact: Did you know? 3 members of our Shepard family ARE great grandparents, while 7 young members of our family HAVE great grandparents. Lyndsay & Mandy Aquiningoc, and Kyle & Nate Sauvage -- all of Weatherford, Texas -- are great grandchildren of Maida Shepard of Anacortes,Washington. While Ciara, Ashlyn and Damian Ortiz of El Cajon are all great grandchildren of Terry and Thelma Boyd of Gallup, New Mexico.

Family Faces. I am sending two family pictures. (Click on the pictures to enlarge them.) The first one is a picture of Linda, Gary and Steven Shepard, children of Maida and Eugene, in front of their home on Ulric St in San Diego in 1951. Linda's baby stroller belongs in the Smithsonian! Gary was ready to start Kindergarten at Kit Carson Elementary in Linda Vista at the time. And my guess is that the newpapers on the front porch were not to be recycled, but to be thrown away. Why the big smiles on us boys, but not on Linda? 26 year old Maida was probably making goofy faces as she stood behind the "Brownie", which only served to tickle Gary and me, while hardly fazing Linda, who as a child usually offered this stoic look.
The other is a picture of soccer players Kori Lynn Boyd (Darren and Vicki's daughter) and Ciara Ortiz, taken last fall in the San Diego area. Happy Birthday TODAY to little Ciara! Parents Jeremy and Desiree Ortiz, Grandmother Kim Clark, and Great Grandparents Thelma and Terry Boyd must be very proud.

Comparing these two family pictures, you can see that photography has changed tremendously in the last 57 years, but the joy of children and the meaning they give to our lives has not changed a bit.

Remember: Shepard Family Reunion, Saturday, July 19, 2008, Anacortes, Washington. A new and updated invitation by US Mail has recently been sent out. If you did not get one, be sure and let us know your physical address and we will send you one. Thanks to Barbara for sending out the invitations.

Do any of you have some interesting family facts that you would like to share in one of these family emails? Let me know, I'd be glad to include them. If you have a family picture you'd like to share, let me know that as well.
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