Here is a picture of me with my mom and dad. This was taken a couple of weeks ago when we attended the Graham family reunion in Las Vegas. I am the one in the middle. (I say that because my mom looks so young!!!)
Here is a picture of my dad and his mom, my Grandma Nellie. She's 96. How about that beautiful skin?
I sure hope her genes are coursing through my veins 'cause she is the youngest looking 96 year old woman I have ever seen in my life! Love you Grandma!!
Now here is a picture of my Grandma Nellie's parents, my Great-grandparents, Ed and Myrtle Graham. I remember both of them. Grandpa Ed died when I was 12, and Grandma Myrtle died my junior year of high school. Grandpa Ed was born August 1, 1889. Very few people can even tell you the names of their great grandparents, yet alone have lots of memories of them. Told you I was blessed.
Now I'm gonna really blow your mind, because this picture is of my Great-Great-Great Grandparents, Alexander and Gean Graham, Alec's parents. Alexander was born in Scotland on October 22, 1826, and Gean was born May 15, 1826 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sometime between 1856 and 1859 these two people sat around their kitchen table and decided to leave Scotland and get on a ship and come to America. Now we're not talking Royal Caribbean here, complete with a midnight buffet, spa and GPS, but a wooden ship with a captain, a map and a sexton. I cannot imagine the courage it must have taken to do this. We know their ship landed somewhere on the coast of Nova Scotia. How they got to Miller County, Missouri, or why, we don't know. But they came here and they stayed and raised their family here.
So, from these two people came the Graham Family as I know it. My Grandma Nellie is one of eleven children, three are still living. My Great-Grandparents, Ed and Myrtle Graham, had thirty-five grandchildren, my dad's generation. All of them are still living, and 24 of them attended the family reunion in Las Vegas. I know all but one of those 35 grandchildren (hard to believe isn't it). My Aunt Rayma Jean is #1, the oldest grandchild, my Aunt Ruby Dean is #3, and my dad is #6. There are 65 Great-Grandchildren, which is my generation. I am #8, and my sister Rhonda is #12, my sister Renda, #20. The oldest great-grandchild is 53, the youngest, 11. That I know of, no one has put together a listing of Great-Great grandchildren yet, which would be my children's generation, but my cousin, Mitchell, continually updates our family geneology. I wish Alexander and Gean could see our family today. And my Great-Grandpa Ed's branch of the family tree is just a small part. Alexander and Gean had nine children. And Alec and Mary had five children. Gives new meaning to the words of the song "All Because Two People Fell In Love" doesn't it. Isn't family wonderful?? I sure do love mine!!!!!