Posts Tagged ‘family’

Matriarch’s 300 descendants gather for funeral
Wichita Falls Times Record News © 2009 The Associated Press

VERNON, Texas — Gregoria Martinez, 94, might seem like your typical grandma. She made quilts for her grandchildren, encouraged them to go to church, prayed for them, and gave advice.

Except the Vernon grandma didn’t have just a handful of grandchildren when she died Tuesday.

She had nearly 300.

Ninety-eight were grandchildren; 164 were great-grandchildren and 16 were great-great-grandchildren — all descendants of her own 11 offspring.

That’s without counting her three stepchildren or any of their descendants — or the three great-great grandchildren currently on the way. The family purposely underestimated the total count, but felt if all were included it could be as high as 500.

Actually, they have been losing track. Now, with nearly half the family attending the funeral Wednesday, family members passed out index cards to update names and phone numbers while they had their chance.

Martinez’s survivors packed the 500-seat St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Quanah. The devout Catholic woman, whose husband, Ponciano, died at the age of 94 sometime after their 50th wedding anniversary, “could fill up our elementary school in Quanah with all the great-grandchildren and the great-great-grandchildren,” Jalamo said. And she knew practically all of them.

“If one of my sons would come up to see her, she’d say, ‘Are you JJ?’ He’d say, ‘It’s JJ, Grandma.’ And she’d say, ‘Are you doing right? Are you taking care of your family?'”

She didn’t preach about the benefits of large families, but did believe she was brought into the world to multiply.

“You know Catholics,” said daughter Elva Jaloma.

When Gregoria was raising her children, she and her husband were migrant workers, traveling to Wisconsin to pick tomatoes and cucumbers, then back to Texas to pick cotton. “They had 11 kids, and raised 14, and not one time did (they) draw a food stamp, a welfare check, or an unemployment check,” Jaloma said of his in-laws. “They didn’t believe in that. They said, ‘If you want something, you work for it.'”

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War is Hell on warriors and families

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Laura Smith, wife of U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Charles Smith, hugs the father of a fellow soldier after the 293rd Military Police Company deployed to Afghanistan July 28, 2009 in Fort Stewart, Georgia. More than 130 soldiers from the company, attached to the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, will spend the next year in Afghanistan training the Afghan National Police. By Stephen Morton/Getty.

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I’m thinking, I can’t believe we’ve been getting perfect, steady, almost nonstop rain for hours upon hours in Dallas, Texas today!

I’m thinking, you better believe me when I tell you, dear reader, that you’ll never want to hear your son or daughter or close loved one say to you someday something like, “Dad, just remember that if anything happens to me I was doing my duty.”

I’m thinking, maybe the best news I ever received in my life was the news this morning that he’d called his mom this morn to say he’s in Kuwait and will be in Ireland tonight for a layover at (how perfect!) an Irish pub.

I’m thinking, I may not stop crying today. I never dreamed that tears of joy and relief could have such a crippling effect but honest to God I may have to call in late to for hospital duty to get myself together.

I’m thinking, you just don’t know–unless you’ve had a loved one a million miles from home in harm’s way. Then you know what this crying is about.

I’m thinking, however, that the Dave Matthews Band is to be on Letterman tonight, and again Friday night, and that’s about as good as it gets unless you have a loved one coming home from war. I can’t believe I’m twice blessed today!

I’m thinking, 

Adam McKay

Adam McKay

thank you and praise you God from whom all blessings flow amen!




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Good job Trey Hey Ig-nashi-o Rodriguez III

Paul David Mckay | Create Your Badge
Paul David Mckay

Thanks for the change of pace with your subbing here, Trey Hey McKay Rodriguez; it’s always fun setting your mom’s hair on fire like we do!!!! I think she thinks I really don’t know how to spell Ignacio.

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So PawPaw wanted somebody to sub for him today at jitterjazz or whatever he calls this thing and I said I'd do it and he said you ain't old enough, come back in 30 years or so when you've had some life experience and education, kid. (He actually talks like that.)
And I said , "Pawpaw, if you can do it, a plastic spoon can do it."
My mom and her sister Meggles laughed and Pawpaw told them both go to their rooms, that they're grounded, again, and yeah, like he lords over those two women, or ever did.
Did I mention he's delusional?

I think I did, earlier.
Anyway, you see who's subbing here. And it's no plastic spoon doing it.
Pawpaw's now going to have to rush to get to the hospital.
As usual.

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Good morning jitterbuggers from Trey Hey

I know what your thinking. You're thinking, "Who's this little kid here this morning."

Thanks for noticing.

I'm Trey, or as my Pawpaw calls me, Trey-Hey McKay.

You don't want to know, ok?

I'm just subbing here at jitterbuggingforjesus.com for a while.

You know, jitterbuggingforjesus.com, the blog that Pawpaw says will save the world with its wit and wisdom and all that stuff.

The man's delusional, isn't he?

Yeah, well, jitterbugging is like a box of chocolates,  you never know what you're gonna get.

speaking of which, I think I'll sneak a chocolate covered donut while mom's not looking.

Have a good day, people. And Hasta luega.


Paul David Mckay | Create Your Badge
Paul David Mckay

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Personal message to Trey-Hey (Rodriguez) Mckay


Get your boots on, boy! Me and you and your mama gonna do the city life tonight!

On second thought . . .

Get yourself a really, really, really nice long nap in first, OK?


Me & Him

Me & Him

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As I was saying . . . . .

little jarhead

little jarhead

You don’t want to get your hopes up when it comes to the military. Now looks like a week and a half or so.
“Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be jarheads . . .”

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Words of Wisdom (Chinese Proverb Div.)

Rev. Jim Wallis

Rev. Jim Wallis

Daughter Amy sent this to jitterman from Sojourners online, which I need to start taking again. I am a fan of Jim Wallis who’s a fan of Anne Lamott who’s month of appreciation it is here at jitterbuggingforjesus.com, the blog that WILL and IS revolutionizing and saving the world with its wit, wisdom, stimulations and provocations while possibly (already!) alienating whole towns and cities. Or, you might tell your friends and loved ones it’s the blog site that will make Rush Limbaugh collapse with the overwhelming shock of humility if he ever comes across it and reads it but, his lips must get tired when he reads so he would probably never read much here.
(Lighten up, people, it’s just a joke. jeez.)

Today’s Verse and Voice…

If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.

– Chinese Proverb

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The joys of, uh, a grandboy (Age 6 Div.)

It’s just the best having a grandson.
If only we could teach him to flush the toilet if you know what I mean and I think you do.

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