Thursday, November 13, 2014

#TBT 11.13.2014

In on of Veterans' Day I thought that I would share this photograph 

of my grandpa during WWII.

My grandpa, Shirley Neel, joined the U.S. Navy in 1945. He was 

stationed on the U.S.S. Henderson DD-785. This ship was a screen 

ship for escort carriers in Hawaiian waters from November 7, 1945 

until April 23, 1946. During this time the ship also conducted 

experimental sonar tests with submarines.

What I love about this photograph is that it captures this young 

man from a small town in Utah on his adventure of a lifetime. 

You can see it in his smile as he looks up into the sun.  

Grandpa Neel was a great example of patriotism to me. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

#TBT 11.06.2014

Disneyland 1998

The last vacation that all five of us went on together.

Dad took this photo of us.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

#TBT 10.30.2014

Here we are on Halloween 1988. We never had expensive costumes. Our costumes were made up of pieces from our regular every day clothes, dance leotards, and last minute items or make-up purchased at Fred Meyer. Seeing how our costumes turned out was always my favorite part. 
 Just before dark we would light the jack-o-lanterns on the front porch, say goodbye to Mom, and then we would walk down the hill to Grandma's house. Grandma would give us candy, but only after she took our picture. Then we would hit the neighborhood with our friends going from house to house filling our bags with candy. 
We knew each and every one of our neighbors and they made a big fuss over all of the kids that lived on our street. When we knocked on doors neighbors would invite all of us inside and were excited to see each of our costumes. Halloween on 600 West was always just fun.

In this picture:
Daniel M.(vampire boy), Me(vampire girl), Suzie R.(southern belle), Jacob C.(army guy), Libey C.(rock star/punk rocker in leopard), Dayna (Miss America with the gold crown), and Danielle H.(blonde rock star/punk rocker) 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#TBT 10.23.2014

Today's Throwback Thursday photograph is a favorite of mine. 
Aren't these little boys adorable? 
I love their hats.
The older boy in the middle is my grandfather, Shirley Neel. I believe the other boys are his younger brothers Jimmy and Frank.
While the exact year is unknown, this was taken sometime in the 1930s. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Throwback Thursday #TBT

I love this one. I get lost in the details of these old photographs. Not sure of the year, I am assuming it is about 100 years old based on what they are wearing. It looks like it could be a wedding photo. Her dress is simply stunning. To die for!
Unfortunately this particular photograph does not have any information or writing on the back. I am assuming it is from my great-grandmother's family in Idaho. Many of her photographs were sent to her from her siblings and their children. 

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.   

A Little Inspiration 7.3.2014

I found this from the Brave Girls' Club yesterday and loved it so I thought that I would share it here.

One of the most powerful things we can do is to stand in our very own skin and proclaim out loud (even if we are our only audience) what we will and will not allow...what we will and will not believe in...what we will and will not fight for, or fight about...what we will and will not accept as truth for our life or ourselves.

Sometimes we think things...but we never claim those things powerfullly, or proclaim them. Sometimes we know something is not right...or we know something is very very right...but we never stand in our own power and make it real.  

You can find more Brave Girls' Club goodness HERE.

A Little Inspiration 7.2.2014

We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

- 13th Article of Faith -
- Joseph Smith -

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday #TBT

For today's Throwback Thursday photograph I bring you

a vintage selfie from the 1950s. 

   Simply a teenage boy playing around with his camera.

Oh how I love this! It makes me laugh.

I love the humor, the goofy-ness, and the fun of it.

This is my Dad's Uncle Jimmy. I found this small selfie when I

 was going through a large box of family pictures at my

grandma's house.

He had a great sense of humor, a sense 

of adventure, and above all he valued his family and friends. 

All of this is evident in the photographs that he took. 

I never knew him. He died when my dad was just a little boy. 

I feel like I have grown to know him 

through the lens of his camera and the photographs that he left


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Throwback Thursday #TBT

It has been too long since I last posted. So here today another great picture from Grandma Joyce's vast collection.

This is Doc Englesby of Fruita, Utah. 
He was one of my great-grandpa's rock hounding friends. 
Our family loves this photograph of him taking a nap with his pups. 
I believe this photograph was taken sometime in the 1950s.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday #TBT

I love old class photos like this.
With the boys in their denim overalls and the girls in the cute dresses. I wonder how these two little girls faired in a classroom full of boys.
This is my Grandpa Neel's class. The photograph was taken in Peoa, Utah sometime in the 1930s. Grandpa is the 1st little boy on the left side of the front row.

I know there are a lot of Photoshop tips, tricks, and classes that teach one to restore old photos to their original state.
 As cool Photoshop is I have to say that I love old photos just the way they are. Age gives a photo character that nothing else can. I love every wrinkle, crease, and spot where the photo has faded.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday #TBT

I just scanned this one in today.

On the back of this photograph someone has written, "Joshua Wriley Neel with little Lloyel."

I love this photograph of father and son. Little Loyal's pinstripe suit is just too adorable.

With the help of and, I was able to find some information on this father and son. Joshua Wriley Neel is the brother of my great great-grandfather Thomas Marion Neel.

I believe the boy in the picture is Joshua's son, Loyal Joshua Neel. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday #TBT

This week I bring you a special birthday edition of Throwback Thursday here on the blog.
This is a photograph of two of my favorite people. Can you guess who?
If you guessed my grandparents Phillip & Mickie Black, you got it!
This is a photograph of them taken in 1952.
I love Grandpa's rockabilly style.
As for Grandma, she is timeless. She could pull this look off today and look just as fabulous.
Speaking of Grandma, yesterday was her 80th birthday.
Happy Birthday Grandma!!! I love you!
I can only hope that I have inherited half of your strength, compassion, energy, sense of adventure, and wit.
When I grow up I want to be just like you!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday #TBT

 This week I am sharing one of my very favorite photographs of all time with you. 
 All my life people in my family told me that I reminded them of Nana, my great-grandmother. She died a few years before I was born. I had never seen a picture of Nana when she was younger. It seems funny now but I was truly distressed that my family thought that I was like an old lady. So when I finally saw this photo of her eight years ago I immediately fell in love with it.

This young woman is my great-grandmother, Gladys Margaret Anderson Bates (known to my family as Nana). The photograph was taken in 1924. At the time she would have been 17 or 18 years old. She was living in Salt Lake City and working as a model for a local department store. My grandma tells me that she was a flapper. I love her bobbed hair. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday #TBT

This week's Throwback Thursday photo comes to you per my Aunt Cyndie's request.
She wanted me to post the "wild bunch" picture so here it is.

Looking at this picture from left to right, the third man on the front row is my great-grandfather, Asa Clifton Neel.
 Next to him (last on the front row) is his brother, Thomas Earl Neel. 

This photograph was taken somewhere between 1905 to 1910 in Summit County, Utah. 

Of course one of my favorite things about this photograph is that the young man in the top left corner has his pistol out. I imagine this gang riding horseback to Park City, Utah where they ride up Main Street and hitch their horses to a post found in front of one of the local bars. After a few drinks they get into a bar brawl with local miners and have to make a run for it before the local law enforcement officials show up. 

If you are thinking that I have seen too much TV or too many movies, you are right, I have._

Maybe they didn't get into that much trouble. If only the young men in this picture 
could talk. I am sure that they had great stories of their adventures together.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday #TBT

I have been going through a large storage tote of photos from my Great-Grandma Neel's house over the past few weeks. 

This tote in particular has photos dating from the late 1800s to the 1980s. 
It has been so fun to go through this tote and be completely blown away, holding 100-year-old pictures in my hands. 

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites here. 

This photo is of my Great-Uncle Jimmy (James Clifton) Neel taken in the 1940s. .
 I love the vintage skis and the rustic wood wall behind him. 
It just feels right to share this with you all as a snowstorm hits Utah tonight. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

One Little Word 2014

Last week while I was checking out the Silhouette store I found this quote:

"All things are possible if you BELIEVE."

This made me think about all of the things that I have lost faith in over the past two years. I feel like I have lost faith in myself and my abilities to do great and good things. I have lost my faith in the goodness and decency of people. Lastly, while I still very much believe in Heavenly Father our relationship is broken and I need to fix it. 

So after choosing this word on New Years Day Al Fox posted this scripture on her Instagram account and I knew it was meant for me:

Even if ye can no more than desire to BELIEVE, let this desire work in you.
-Alma 32:27-

Keeping this scripture in mind I begin 2014 with this:

 I desire to believe in myself and believe that I am capable of accomplishing great things.
I desire to believe in the goodness of others. I need to believe that there are good people out there in the world doing good things for others. 
and lastly,
I desire to believe that Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers. I desire to believe that peace, happiness, and blessings come from living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

And so the journey begins. I BELIEVE that it is going to be a great year!

You can learn more about One Little Word here.

Happy New Year Everyone!!!