~ 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."


Arrowood Family

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy Birthday, Grandpa~

 Lewis William "Pat" Arrowood

Grandpa worked in his later years, running concession stands at public functions and gatherings. He really enjoyed doing this. My Dad, Steve, would sometimes accompany him to help out.  He also worked, later in life,  at a produce stand on Main Street in Gastonia.  As he got older he loved to go back uptown and stand on the corner, talking to his old friends.

My Dad called it going "knife-swapping".  Grandpa would trade knifes with his pals.
Grandpa was always quick with a smile and would always have a funny story to tell. He loved to watch "rasslin" aka "wrestling" on T.V. and absolutely loved baseball.  He was a good grandfather. I think of him and a smile comes quickly to my face.

January 6, 1900 ~ February 15, 1985

Son of Welzia Augustus Arrowood and Isabelle Correll Arrowood.

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