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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Christmas Party at Work

Today we had our Christmas party at work. I enjoyed the party for many reasons. One reason was that I cooked the ribs and meatballs that my co-workers enjoyed eating at the party. Those of you who know me there is nothing that brings me more joy then seeing my friends enjoying something I worked on. The another thing I enjoyed tonight was the happiness of my friends at work when I gave their Christmas gifts to them tonight. Many of the people I work with have lost people very close and dear to them in the last two years. I have set up online memorials for their love ones that have passsed away at Find A Grave's web site. Only one of them did not know what I was giving them for Christmas. I had to ask questions to find the information I needed to setup the memorials and I wanted to be sure they would be okay with the memorials since it involved the death of a love one. The one that did not know about it, has not been talking to me for the last two weeks. I was worried about giving it to her. While after I gave her the letter that I wrote to her telling her of the memorial for her love one, she came up to me and hugged and thanked me for setting up the memorial. We started talking with one another again, and that filled me with joy. Out of all the people in my life right now she is the one I enjoy being around the most. I love to see her smile. And I made her smile several times tonight. I hope all of you enjoy Christmas this year and remember Christmas is not about giving or receiving gifts, but remembering to share the Greatest Gift with everyone. That gift is God's son, Jesus, who died for our sins 2000 years ago.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Looking for Family in Grave Yards

I enjoy researching my Family Tree. When researching your family roots you may find yourself in a graveyard or two. Find A Grave is a web site that I use in my research as I said before in this Blog. This week Jonathan, my roommate, and I fulfilled a photo requested from Find A Grave and went looking for the graves of his family. Since my family is from New Jersey and New York, I put in a photo request for photos for my Second Great Grandparents on the mother's side gravestones. That request was fulfilled today. The pictures in with entry are the result of that photo request.

Merritt C Carpenter was a harness maker from New York State. I have not been able to find his parents yet but I have a good lead. I am just looking for backing information. I have been able to track Harriet's family back to the 1300s. Her family was living in Sussex County, New Jersey by the time of her birth. Her branch of my mother's family that is related to my father's side of the family.

I have started entering grave sites on Find A Grave to help other people in their family tree research. I also fulfill photo request when I can, because I know the photos of family members' gravestone are I connection with those family members.

Monday, December 04, 2006

God Gives Us Freedom

God desires to have fellowship with us. God gives us the freedom to choose the good and bad things of life so we can have this fellowship with him. Without the bad things of life we could not have fellowship God that he desires to have with us. We would have no need to go to God if he took care of everything thing without asking. Sometimes God is glorify the most when his people are going through hard times.

God does not force us to have fellowship with him. He quietly calls us to him. Now let us look at our day-to-day lives. It is easier to go to the bars, nightclubs, or other places me go to fellowship with people. Also it is also easier to worship a movie, rock and sport star then it is for us to praise God. If God forced us to worship him it would not be fellowship with him it would be fear of him.