Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Ceasar and Hannah

Ceasar and Hannah

This picture was taken several years ago...Ceasar is now about 15 years and has lost most of his hair and teeth.  He's not as lively as he used to be and we fear his time with us may be short.  Ceasar lays by hubby's feet or on in his lap all the time.  Hannah is a pistol, anyone comes to the door she's like a 'bat outta hell' charging to the other room to go into hiding.  The first day we got her she disappeared on us.  We searched high and low for hours but no Hannah, we thought we'd lost her and we hadn't even had her an hour.  We finally found her under the car in the she got there we're not sure.  Now we don't let her out of sight unless we know she's in the house with us.  She loves to have her tummy rubbed and then spends most of her time hiding in the closet or under the bed.

We got Ceasar at a Petsmart in 1997....Petsmart works with the animal shelter to place pets that have been put up for adoption.  I can't believe anyone would have taken such a beautiful dog to the pound...but it was our gain.  Hannah was given to us by a breeder friend after she had her first liter.  We got her in 2004. I used to wonder how much she missed those babies she had carried and nursed.  As a mother I just cannot imagine.

Our gain on these two cuties - we are so thankful that they came into our lives and bless us in a big way.

Mary Post Warren
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Almost

From my mother's scrapbook - I assume it is her, Margaret Troyer
taken sometime between 1930-1938.
Interesting how she cut around the top of the body.

Mary Post Warren
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Monday, April 26, 2010

46 years and counting

The other day (April 25, 2010) my honey and I celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary.  People ask me what's our 'What's your secret for lasting so long'....there is NO secret.  It's all about God, commitment and respect.  We never went into this thinking we could divorce if things don't work out, too many today do that....we went into marriage for life and life it will be.  Don't get me wrong, I know there are reasons for having to divorce - infidelity, abuse - but we know that with God as our 'pilot' (not co-pilot) we made it this far!

In a few months I will go to my 50th high school reunion, and a few years later we look forward  to celebrating our 50th wedding we await the next 50 years of life.  What will it bring - how much will things change - we can't answer these questions but we do know that the best years of our lives are yet to come! 
Mary Post Warren
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Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Billy

 Another year old - gosh, it's hard to believe that in a just a few years you'll be eligible for AARP and some senior discounts.  What happened to the years?  I know it's an old cliche' but it does 'seem like just yesterday' that you went from this to the wonderful person you are today!

Side note: Only mom's are allowed to call their son's Billy when they are older!

Mary Post Warren
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Unidentified Pictures

Several weeks ago I posted a picture from my collection that is heavily damaged.  I e-mailed it also to a 2nd cousin for his collection, as well as another damaged picture I have.  He played with them in PhotoShop and did an awesome job on restoring them.  Click on the link above to see the damaged picture.  Now take a look at this one!  Hard to believe that it's really damaged in 'real life'.

This is the other unidentified picture he 'played with' which I had not posted previously. 

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to my 2nd cousin Greg for his AWESOME work on these.  Now if someone could help us identify the people in these photos.  I suspect they may be Troyers or Schrocks (in which case Greg would not be related to them).

(a side note: Greg and I found each other on

Mary Post Warren
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Almost

(click photo to enlarge)

I can figure everything out except the last names.  Can anyone help me transcribe the last names of this couple?  Found in my mother's scrapbook...Gretchen and/or Eugene were more than likely one of mom's friends or relatives.
Mary Post Warren
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Winter in Goshen

The house where my mother grew up.  The address was simply:

 10th Street
                                          Goshen Indiana

                                      no address number, no zip easy.


Mary Post Warren
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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mom's Scrapbook

This program, found in my mother's scrapbook, is dated October 14, 1941. They were married October 4, 1941.  Dad was in the National Guard with the '40th infantry division' (scroll half way down the page to World War II) stationed in San Luis Obispo California. He was honorably discharged from the service on October 24, 1941.   Click on pictures to enlarge:

Mary Post Warren
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday Blossoms

 I wish this was in color...probably taken in the 1930's this is taken from my mom's scrapbook.  She lived on 10th Street in Goshen, Indiana from approximately 1920 (maybe before) until 1938.

Mary Post Warren
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I haven't blogged much this past week mainly because I'm on a mad dash to finish up my #1 goal for 2010.  I know I've still got 8 1/2 months to finish up but, hey, I'm anal! Ask anyone who knows me!  When I start a project I work until it's finished.  And this goal was a HUGE goal in my eyes.  What is it you ask?  Well............

My #1 goal for 2010 was to scan and digitally organize 46 years of photos plus my childhood photos (another 20 years) plus my parents photos that I inherited.  So far I've scanned over 3500 photos....I've got about 1000 to the rate I've been going I figure I should have this completed by the end of this month!

One thing that made it a little easier was the fact that all my pictures for the last 10-12 years were not paper but taken with a digital camera...thus subtracting a large amount from the last 46 years.

My parents photos are glued into the old photo books with pages similar to this ---------------

.....most pages can be scanned and then cropped and resized by photo.

I will finish off this job by burning all photos to CDs and then giving one to any member of the family that wants one.  I'm doing mine into a 'screen saver' and thus being able to view pictures anytime - from ancestors, to immediate family members, to extended family members - they all be on my 'computer screen'....and the best part about this is I'll be able to add photos as to the program as a new member joins our family.

So I am eternally THANKFUL that this chore did not take nearly as long as I thought it would and that it is almost done!

(P.S. any feedback on whether people would use a service like this to digitalize their photos would be's something I've been thinking about as I've scanned, and scanned, and scanned, and...........)
Mary Post Warren
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thankful Thursday - A Day Late

My Thankful Thursday posting is almost a day late - I did this on purpose as I had posted another blog this morning and did not want to make you, my reader, have to read two postings in one day.  Soooooo....this one should be up for your first thing when you get up in the morning!  And thus I have accomplished two things! One: I've given you my Thursday posting, and two: since you are reading this on Friday I've done my Friday posting and can center on scanning pictures and preparing postings for next week!

The other day my husband and I were in our yard...we looked up and there in the tree was this bird, just sitting at the top of the world, looking around...a half hour later I went out and he was still there....basking in the sun, enjoying the beautiful day God had given us.  If you look real close you will see the bird at the very top of this tree, kind of in the center/left...a sharp contrast against the blue sky.  I don't know how long he was there - quite a while - but I'm sure he was thinking how thankful he was for spring just as we are.

And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:21 KJV

Mary Post Warren
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My Mothers Best Friend

My mother had loads of friends - friends she'd met before marriage, while working, at church, in the neighborhood, in PTA, from my dad's scouting...she even had friends she met while camping.  I had never thought about it much but when I got to counting, well I just can't count that high!  One of her best-est friends (and she had lots of those) was my #2 Aunt Dorothy.  She wasn't really my aunt but that's what we called her.  Mom also had a sister named Dorothy and she was great friends with her too....she was our #1 Aunt Dorothy.  Got a bit confusing at times but we made it through it!

I think mom met Dorothy Tullis in high school in Goshen, Indiana; I'm not positive about this but whenever and wherever it was she knew her for a long time before she knew my dad and had children. Aunt Dorothy was also mom's matron of honor at her wedding.   Aunt Dorothy and her husband, Uncle George were like second parents to us kids.  They spent a lot of time at our house visiting, playing cards with my parents, and eating.  We had many overnight trips to their house where I can remember a closet full of clothes that my sisters and I were allowed to use for dress-up.

I've had a lot of friends through the years but I don't think I ever had one with the relationship that mom and Aunt Dorothy had....except maybe my sister.

Mary Post Warren
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Almost Wordless Wednesday

 Can anyone give me a year and model on the car in 
these unidentified photos found among my dad's pictures?

Mary Post Warren
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Monday, April 5, 2010

Ancestor Approved Award

I am surprised/honored/humbled/pleased to be the recipient of the Ancestor Approved Award from my blogging friend Joan at

The Ancestor Approved Award asks that the recipient list ten things you have learned about any of your ancestors that has surprised, humbled, or enlightened you and pass the award along to ten other bloggers who you feel are doing their ancestors proud.  Here are the 10 things I have learned from my ancestors.

1.  Surprised to find a full younger sister of my fathers whom he apparently did not know about.  She is still alive and lives in another state. I have since met her, her children, grandchildren and great/grandchildren.  My only wish is that my dad would have lived long enough to meet her.

2.  Humbled by the fact that my great-grandparents, Maria (Fietzek) and Phillipp Motzko gave up everything and everyone they knew and loved to move from their homeland (Poland) to make a new life in the United States.

3. Humbled to have a copy of a book, printed in the 1758, about Menno Simmons founder of the Mennoites

4.  Humbled that one of my second cousins and two of my third cousins gave their lives for their country in World War 1 and World Word 2

5. Surprised at how much the internet has evolved during the years I have done ancestry work, making it easier all the providing newer and/or updated information daily

6. Intrigued by how times have changed...literally everyone married in my research dating back to 1750 to 1950....Today half don't marry, and a good percentage of those raise a single parent family.

7. Surprised at how well our ancestors got along with virtually nothing that we call essentials - no dishwashers, no indoor plumbing; no automobiles - the only mode of transportation was a one horse buggy  for 10-12 people in the same family!  Outhouses were used, laundry, dish and hand washing soap had to be all made by had.  No TV and TV Dinner after a long hard days hauling hay!!

8. Surprised when I very recently (a couple days ago) found a 3rd cousin (his great grandmother was the sister of my great grandmother).  He says he has lots of genealogy information and we will be sharing info in the weeks to come.

9. Surprised at how much stuff was tried to be passed on but no one seemed to want it....and it would get left behind or tossed out (even my brother/sister did this); surprised too that my children do not seem to want to carry on the story to future family after I'm gone.

10.  Humbled that my niece with her four children have agreed to be the curator of the family pictures. and the unwind-er of the stories.  I'm working hard at them so that she gets them in such condition they will last another hundred years.......thus making a job she will truly enjoy.

The last part of Ancestor Approves Award is to pass on this award to 10 deserving bloggers;
1. Patty at Bits of Yesterday
2. Rootdigger at A Rootdigger
3. Lisa at 100 Years in America
4. Tina at My Family History Data
5. Elizabeth at Little Bytes of Life
6. Sara Beth at Lessons From My Ancestors
7. Cheryl at Heritage Happens
8. Jenalee at Family Story Keeping
9. Bill at West in New England
10. Gini at Ginisology

Mary Post Warren
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Sunday, April 4, 2010

My Schrock/Troyer LIneage

My Schrock/Troyer line (via my mother and her parents/grandparents):

Casper Schrock, about 1745 - Switzerland / Mary Stuckey - unknown - Germany
Peter Schrock, 1795 - Somerset County, PA / Sarah Miller (no information)
Yost Y. Schrock, 3.21.1827 - Smithville, Wayne County, OH / Magdelina (Martha?) Plank (no information)
Elizabeth Schrock / Joseph J Troyer, 9.20.1854 to 1938 - Middlebury, Elkhart County, IN
Elmer David Troyer / Mary Motzko, 9.11.1884 to 3.27.1963, Middlebury, Elkhart County, IN/Pomona, Los Angeles County, CA
Margaret Elizabeth Troyer / Hays Coulter Post, 6.16.1909 to 9.17.1987 Nampa, Canyon County, ID/Pomona, Los Angeles County, CA

Michael Troyer / Magdalena Mast, born ?, died 1807 - Somerset County IA / Magdalena Mast (one of a family of orphans brought to the U.S. by Johannes Mast; no additional info)
Andrew Troyer / Margaret Rickenback, born 1773, died ? - Holmes County OH / Margaret Rickenback (no information)
John Troyer / Elizabeth Yoder, born 1805, died 1889 - unknown / Elizabeth Yoder, born 1811, died 1883
Joseph J Troyer / Elizabeth Schrock  9.20.1854 to 1938,  Middlebury, Elkhart County, IN
Elmer David Troyer / Mary Motzko 9.11.1884 to 3.27.1963, Middlebury, Elkhart County, IN/Pomona, Los Angeles County, CA
Margaret Elizabeth Troyer, 6.16.1909 to 9.17.1987 Nampa, Canyon County, ID/Pomona, Los Angeles County, CA

If you have additional information or are related to any of these people please contact me either via the comments or via my e-mail (in my profile)

Mary Post Warren
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Happy Easter

 Jerusalem 2001

The tomb is empty! He has risen! Hallelujah, Christ the Lord has risen!

 He is not here, but is risen; Luke 24:6

Mary Post Warren
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