~ 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

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012

Sunset ~ Amazing Colors- Dallas, NC

God's beauty is all around us, if we only look.

This was the sunset, as seen through my neighbor's pecan tree.


Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.

John Lubbock

Monday, January 30, 2012

Jerry Dean Payne ~ In Memory of a Wonderful Guy ~1952-2012


Jerry Dean "Meathead" Payne died January 25, 2012, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte. He was born May 19, 1952, in Alexis, Gaston County, NC to the late Jack Beuford and Gaynell Arrowood Payne.

Jerry's mother was the daughter of Lone Arrowood and the grand daughter of Fielden Winfred Arrowood and Lillie Miller Arrowood .
Fielden was brother to Lewis William Arrowood and son of Welzia Augustus and Isabell Correll Arrowood.
I knew Jerry and thought the world of him, only recently learning his link to this family.
Jerry worked for Duke Power 23 years and currently worked with The Shaw Group. He was a very talented mechanic and musician. Jerry was a very generous and giving person who will be missed by all who knew him.

Heaven gained another wonderful soul, we will miss you greatly, "Meathead".

May Angels Guide You Home,  dear friend.
It was a blessing to know you.