Monday, April 02, 2012

The Love of Parents, April 2, 2012

We never know the love of our parents for us
until we become parents ourselves.
~Henry Ward Beecher

Hello Family and Friends,

Greetings to all of you on this Monday of Holy Week, with Easter Sunday coming up this weekend. It is a busy week in our scattered larger family, with a number of family celebrations in the next several days, so you will hear from me a couple of times before Easter arrives.

Happy Birthday to Nathan! Tomorrow - April 3 - is the 35th Birthday of our son Nathan Shepard of Alameda, California. Nate's birthday has often occurred right around Easter, as it does this year.

With me being a minister, through the years it was often challenging to balance our celebration of his birthday with my church responsibilities. We should have known what to expect when he chose to arrive early in the morning on a very memorable Palm Sunday in 1977 in San Diego. In 1988 we celebrated his 11th birthday on Easter Sunday in Palo Alto, California, where we lived at the time (see first picture of Cindy and Nate and me on that particular occasion).

Nate has lived in the Bay Area for most of his life, graduated from Gunn High School in Palo Alto, and presently works for Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. He and his wife Chenda are the parents of two beautiful children, Preslea and Logan, and will welcome a third child into their family this summer. Nathan stays busy with his work at the bank, but still finds time to work out at the gym, play hockey regularly, and enjoys spending time being a father to his children.

The second picture shows Nathan helping his daughter Preslea learn how to ride her new bicycle. Her stern face notwith- standing, Preslea loves her new bike, almost as much as Nathan loves teaching her to ride it!

1940 In The News. Today, April 2, the National Archives will release information obtained in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census, information that has by law been kept confidential until today. It is an exciting time for people interested in family history., where information from my family research is cataloged, is busy "around the clock", they say, assimilating more than one billion bits of new information regarding births, marriages, deaths, and military records from that period of time. What exactly the 1940 Census will tell us about our particular family remains to be seen. 

1940 was an important time in the life of our parents and grandparents. My Shepard grandparents moved from Colorado to San Diego that very year. My Gower grandparents moved from Oklahoma to San Diego just two years later. I look forward to sharing in this blog new information and insights that may come from the release of this wealth of information.
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