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Category Archives: Generations

Count Your Blessings

  There was a day when the only thing I had to care for was my ’75 red Mustang. One husband, four kids, and ten grandchildren later – my life is MORE. More complicated. More laughter. More tears. More joy. More pain. More people. More problems. More to pray for. More to love. Just MORE….

Centennial Farm

Centennial Farm is located at the Orange County Fairgrounds. It’s a great place to take your kids or grandkids to teach them a bit about farm life and agriculture. You can walk through the three acres and visit the animals – the piglets are a favorite of our grandchildren. They also grow various fruits and…

A Spiritual Legacy

“When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” — 2 Timothy 1:5 .  Maybe to some it would seem that we don’t have a rich inheritance to pass on, especially since there’s…

New Mexico Sunsets

From the rising of the sun to its going down, The Lord’s name is to be praised. Psalm 113:3 Ron and I recently had the chance to visit our son and his family in New Mexico. We were enchanted with the beautiful sunsets. We took advantage of the stunning backdrop to photograph us, along with…

Finding Family with DNA

Looking for family – I’m a big fan of – because you can link your DNA to a family tree. It’s very helpful to upload your DNA to more than one site – to find matches. I recommended downloading your raw DNA – and uploading it to:  –  Free FamilyTreeDNA – Free for a…

Ancestry DNA – Finding Your Past with DNA

In 1937, when Stella Miller got pregnant, she was sent to the Florence Crittenton home for unwed mothers in Denver, Colorado. The following summer my father was born. 78 years after being adopted from an orphanage, we were able to find the family of his birth father through DNA. You can order a DNA kit…

Finding His Birth Father’s Family

78 years after being adopted from an orphanage, my father met face-to-face with Becky, the first member of his birth father’s family he had ever met.  We were able to find her with the DNA test through and she welcomed him with open arms.

Tonya Ruiz


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