Wednesday, March 07, 2007

You're not going to believe this...


Can you imagine our shock when we found out that we were related by marriage? That's right!!! Sharon Lynne from "California Breeze" and I are cousins! If I had not joined BLOG VILLAGE, then I would not have found the Gatekeeper's blog, "Pieces of Me" after she joined. And that means that I would not have found a link to Sharon Lynne's blog, "California Breeze". And if my sons (who own mustang horses) had not bought dirt bikes to get back and forth to work, I would not have had an interest in her dirt bike posts. Then again, if we had not written a children's book blogged about over at twigletbook.blogspot.com, I would not have been interested in her "Wednesday Writer's Club" posts! Or, if Sharon Lynne had not been a regular over at "Mustang 'n' Cowboys"...the "had not's" list on and on! The following is a chronicle of our discovery from the comments on my "2007 Arizona Vacation" post...
Sharon Lynne said...

The Arizona desert is so beautiful. My husband's Aunt and Uncle lived in Arizona their entire lives--owned land and a home in the desert town of Arlington. The nearest bigger town was Buckeye. I loved visiting them. They grew cotton. My husband and I would take their jeep out into the desert. These pictures brought back memories of how awesome the desert looks. Aunt and Uncle have passed away now, but we miss those times.

3/05/2007 11:02 PM


Janey Loree said...

NO WAY!!! The reunion was in Arlington! My mother's family is from that area and she was born on the Jago Ranch in Arlington. My great Grandpa Richardson's ranch is in Arlington! No wonder the pictures brought back memories...it was the same area!!! What is Aunt and Uncle's name?

3/05/2007 11:25 PM


Sharon Lynne said...

Oh my gosh! My husband's Aunt and Uncle are Bob and Alma Richardson! Alma is my husband's mother's sister. Does this mean that you and my husband might be cousins? (in law?)

3/06/2007 6:03 PM


Janey Loree said...

Hi Cousin CB!!
This is awesome! Mandy & Carolyn are my mother's first cousins! Uncle Bob is her father's brother...Walter Richardson. My mother thinks that she met Bill's mother at Aunt Alma's funeral? I can't believe this...
I have a post on Notes that has a picture of the purple glass that I bought of Aunt Alma's. It is:

http://heartfeltnotes.blogspot.com/2006/10/reflections-of-past-in-purple.html

3/06/2007 7:22 PM


The GateKeeper said...

Well, well, well, this is quite wonderful, most excellent and all that jazz. Wow!!!!

3/07/2007 11:09 AM


Janey Loree said...

Yes isn't it!!! And the thanks for this family discovery goes to you GateKeeper!!! I found Sharon Lynne's blog, "California Breeze" on your blog, "Pieces of Me"!!!

3/07/2007 11:43 AM


The GateKeeper said...

I know, I know. It's such an honor. Little ole me. I feel like I've done something important here. And it was totally fun. Enjoy the week.

3/07/2007 12:50 PM


Janey Loree said...

You have GateKeeper! Enjoy your week too!!

3/07/2007 1:08 PM


Sharon Lynne said...

I'm a little quiet, because I'm busy writing up a post about this...

3/07/2007 5:17 PM


Janey Loree said...

Me too!!!

3/07/2007 7:33 PM

To put this into perspective...Uncle Bob and Aunt Alma are Sharon's husbands aunt and uncle, with him being related to Aunt Alma. They are my great uncle and aunt, with me being related to Uncle Bob! So that makes us...cousins by marriage...right!!!??? I don't know how the once removed and all that works...we have settled on calling each other "Cuz".

On a thoughtful note...this shows me that there certainly is "to every thing a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven*"! There is a time to blog and find new blogs, a time to post pictures and comment on them, and a time to find out that one of the billions of blogs that are out there is written by someone you are related to!!!
To read Sharon Lynne's post on this subject follow the link to: A Surprise-I Can't Believe this Happened!
To read GateKeeper's post on this subject follow this link to:
Happy Notes!!!
*Quoting Eccleciastes 3:1-9

13 comments:

Kilroy_60 said...

A true six degrees of separation moment. How pleased I am for you!!

Janey Loree said...

You are not kidding, Kilroy!!! The best part is that we don't live too far apart...3 hours, I think! I'm already trying to talk them into going to the family reunion next year!!!

Sharon Lynne said...

Yep. I'm working on my husband about going.

My father spent the first few years of his life in that town of yours that is three hours from here! His father worked for (I think) General Petroleum. I'll check with my dad when he gets back from his trip to Texas.

Janey Loree said...

The world is getting smaller!!! And remember that we have great trails to ride that are accessible right from our property!!! Hint! Hint! Hint! :)

jan said...

That is a fantastic story. I am so happy for both of you. Ah, the power of blogging and the Internet to bring people together as nothing in history ever has!!

And...I finally am able to comment on your blog without having my browser rebel.

Janey Loree said...

Hi Jan! This is really something!!! I wrote to the RFR (Richardson Family Reunion) "email" members to share this story and they wrote back with memories of Tom and Sharon!!! I will post an update article to share those comments!

Thanks for perservering to add a comment!!!

Naomi said...

Great post! It's a small world and really funny how things work out sometimes. I'm so pleased you and Sharon found one another. It's great news and I'm so happy for both of you.

Marcia said...

Your story is too great!

I went to a class for my company, the man in front of me in class from another city turned out to be a cousin I had not seen since I was a child! He then told me he had a letter written about my dad that his mother (dad's sister) had saved all those years and he even gave it to me the next class day. . . So, I can imagine your excitement!

Janey Loree said...

It's pretty awesome how these things happen around us! Thank you for sharing your "You're not going to believe this moment!!!

Janey Loree said...

Thanks Naomi! What I think is neat is that it happened because Dirty Butter invited me to join "BLOG VILLAGE"!!

jillbeth said...

What a happy coincidence! It is a small world, isn't it!

Janey Loree said...

Hi Jillbeth! It is a small world after all!!!

Dirty Butter said...

Oh, Janey Loree, I'm so excited for you, and tickled to think that in some small way I helped this all happen. This is such a wonderful story, I'm going to have to put a post about it (a little late, granted) on our BLOG VILLAGE News blog.





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