Saturday, January 21, 2017

ABC Wednesday - B

The ABC Wednesday blog hop at challenges us with a different letter each week.  This week it is the letter B.  I'll be linking my post to ABC Wednesday - B, so you will be able  click the link and see what others have shared for this challenge.

B is for Branches

Branches catch balls!

This is what happened when someone threw the ball for the dog!

Branches are resting and nesting places for birds.

Bald eagle resting

Family trees have many branches.

My grandmother Eduth Lavada Boyd

Eduth Lavada Boyd had never been married.  My grandfather had been married, but his first wife died tragically, taking her own life, and left my grandfather with eight children, the youngest being slightly over a year old.   A little over a year after the death of his first wife, my grandfather married 28 year old, Eduth Lavada Boyd, or Vada as she was known.  Vada and my grandfather, Joseph Leander Kimes had seven children, bringing the total number of children in the family to 15.   

Some branches of families break away because of strong hurtful words or actions of others in the family and don't speak for years, and hesitate to be the first to say, "Let's make bygones be bygones, okay?"  

Branches of families can be sheltering and loving places for others in the family, and the world will be a better place for it.  Peace in the world begins with peace within the home.



  1. Hi Pat! I really enjoyed reading this post. Your grandmother's life was fascinating and your words about strife within families rang very true. Your photography is delightful - love the eagle and smiled at the ball in the tree. I bet the dog was very frustrated. :)

    1. Thanks for visiting. We no longer have our beloved dog. He loved chasing the ball, and yes he was very frustrated seeing that ball up in the tree! We were finally able to get it down, but until then he let us know that we still had an important task to do. The amazing thing about the eagle was that it was sitting in a tree that wasn't very tall.

  2. Hello Pat,
    What an interesting post and i love the ball in the tree, did the dog have wings,
    Your great grandmother must have been a doughty lady to raise all those children,
    Nice pictures too !
    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

    1. HaHa! If I remember right my husband threw another ball to hit the first one loose.
      My grandmother had a lot of spunk, and the older kids also helped watch the younger ones, but marrying someone who already had eight kids would have been such a challenge.

  3. that must be a Charlie Brown tree!
    rog, abcw

  4. I agree...families are very important..I love the pictures too

    There is a "Letter Writing Challenge" starting from the 30th of January. It would be amazing if you could participate.
    Here is the link for it, if it interests you

    1. Families are important!! I'm glad that you enjoyed the pictures too. It is always fun to see new blog challenges. I'll have to think about whether I want to participate in the Letter Writing Challenge. At least a couple of the ones on the list I wouldn't be able to write. Some others I might do, but not on my blog.

  5. Lovely post.....

    and how impressive your family tree is... omg 15 childeren.... must be quit a challenge on itself to raise them all

    Have a nice ABC-Wednesday / _ Week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc=w=team)
    (take a preview at the new url starting round 21 at

    1. Thanks Melody for visiting. I'm glad you enjoyed my post. Yes, I'm sure that rearing 15 children wouldn't be easy, but she did such a good job!