Sunday, June 5, 2011

The first weekend in June, we remember.

The first weekend in June, every year, we go to Big Hill.

It's not really a Hill. And there is nothing Big about it. It's a little country church. One room, once doubled as a school, and full of pews and old song books, hymnals, opened once a year, on the first weekend in June. It's at the heart of a story that explains a little about where I'm from, and how important it is to remember...

There once was a woman named Olevia Elizabeth. She married a man with Native American roots and gave birth to 7 children.

One of her children was Lessie Enolia. Lessie married a man with Scottish ancestors named Arthur Patterson, and he built her a house.

Lessie and Arthur had 4 children. One of them was named Dee Alva. Dee married Oliver McConnell, with an Irish past.

Dee and Oliver gave birth to 4 children.

One of them was named Sheri Lynn.
Sheri Lynn married Christopher Danze: half German, half Italian ancestors.

Chris built Sheri a house. And they had 5 kids.

One of them was named Olivia Mary.

Olivia Mary married Martin, who is 100% Polish.
Olivia and Martin have 4 children.
They are half Polish, half German/Italian/Scottish/Irish/Native American.

He will be building her a house, in Poland.

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. ~ The Wonder Years (t.v. show)

P.S. This is the air conditioning at Big Hill. In June. In Texas. 'nuff said.


  1. Who gave the sermon this year? Great pictures!

  2. It was the same man who gave the sermon the past two years, so this is his third year. It's not the same of course as Cousin Mike, but it was good. He talked about community, different communities we are a part of and about how important it is to be an active part of those communities and always be an example of Christ. It was nice.

  3. And Lina had an accident on the front porch of the there's that.