Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Celebrating Young and Old, Nov 28, 2012

Youth cannot know 
how age thinks and feels.
But old folks are guilty
if they forget what it was like
to be young.
~J.K. Rowling

Hello Family and Friends,

Greetings to all of you wherever you may be on this last week of November. 

Kim and Damian. Happy Birthday tomorrow, November 29, to Kim Boyd Clark and her grandson Damian Ortiz, both of whom live in Blue Springs, Missouri. Kim is the daughter of Terry and Thelma Shepard Boyd. Damian is the son of Jeremy and Desiree Ortiz.

The first picture, taken earlier this year, shows birthday boy Damian Ortiz and his grandmother Kim, who is holding one of the Ortiz twins born this past spring. Thanks to grandma for this picture. Best wishes to Damian and his grandmother Kim as they celebrate their birthdays tomorrow!

A lot has happened this year in the Boyd/Ortiz/Clark family of Blue Springs, Missouri: Terry and Thelma Shepard Boyd moved from New Mexico to Missouri; their grandson Jeremy and his wife Desiree gave birth to twin boys Isaac and Dominic; and Kim had successful cancer surgery that she is still recovering from. Recently I received word from Kim about more health concerns in their family.

Kim: We just found out my dad has stage 2 or 3 lung cancer. He will have a pet scan to see if there is any more cancer and also what stage it is. Prayers for my dad, please.

6 Generations of Women. Tomorrow we also remember the birthday of Kim's Ggrandmother -- and Damian's GGGgrandmother -- Caroline Spear Davis, who was born at the end of the American Civil War in 1865. 

The second picture shows 6 generations of mothers and daughters. There are few instances when I can find the photos of this many consecutive generations of women in our family. Starting from the top left are: Margaret Williams Spear (1845-1904), Caroline Spear Davis (1865-1951), Bura Davis Shepard (1896-1986), Thelma Shepard Boyd (b. 1936), Kim Boyd Clark (b. 1961), Amanda Nicole Ortiz (b. 1983).

From left to right, the top row of photos were taken in 1880, 1896, 1915; the bottom row in 1951, 1979, and 2010. The top row are women born in the 19th century; the bottom row are women born in the 20th century. Callie (top row, center) and Kim (bottom row, center) are two of the birthdays we celebrate tomorrow, November 29.
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