~ The pieces are all sewn together, stitched with love.........and a quilt tells a story and the story is our past ~
The Arrowood family immigrated from England to Maryland in the 1700's. They went south, eventually settling in the mountains of North Carolina. Later , some went further south, into the Piedmont of North Carolina, in search of work and a better way of life.
I am in search of my family.
I search for those that came before me, and lived their lives as best they could. I am in search of their stories, how they lived, and how they loved.
I shared this love of seeking the past with my Dad, sharing each new finding with him, the thrill in his heart intermingling with mine. I continue this search in his honor, and hope to know these people of ours when I join up with them all in heaven.
~ Steve Lewis Arrowood 1932-2008 ~
Come with me, back to a simpler time and place. A place far removed from the hectic pace of today. To a time when life was hard, but the rewards were great. When your quality of life was determined by your own sweat, your own toil, and your own ingenuity.
Would you like a glass of sweet tea? Let's sit out on the porch where we will catch the sweetly scented breeze of summertime. Maybe Grandma will fry up some of her wonderful chicken... Time slows here.
"We shape our lives not by what we carry with us, but what we leave behind."
~You live as long as you are remembered.~
"Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. " Author: Unknown
"But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you from the wisdom of former generations."
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Side By Side ~ Heinrich and Catharina Mull Weidner
Husband and wife.
They are safely behind glass now, away from the ravages of time, weather and, of course, potential vandals. They are protected.
The carver of these stones did not waste space. Each letter is placed in the surface of the stone with purpose.
Click on each photo for a larger version.
The monuments are in German, the native tongue of this couple.
They now stand at the entrance to the museum.
I cannot help but wonder what they would think, especially to see their markers so far from their final resting place?
I want to think they would understand.
We simply want to preserve their memory for future generations.
What could be a more a wonderful tribute, than to be remembered?
Each of us, those that yearn to know our family history, will come.
Generation after generation.
We will seek out these people from another time and find them, one by one.
They will be remembered.
My 6th Great Grandparents.
Mathias Barringer's Memorial is right outside the door, on the lawn of the old courthouse.
What once was the courthouse of Newton, N.C., is now a stately county museum.
Also see the "Stacked Stone Chimney posting from January 2010".