Thursday, January 8, 2009

Whooooooo..... Are You .... OOOhhhh Oooh...

The 9th edition of Smile for the Camera, hosted by the footnoteMaven, asks participants to post a picture from their collection showing someone whose identity they're trying to figure out.

The above is the picture that is in question. I've posted it before to inquire if the woman on the right was the same person as the bride in this picture:
Here's a picture of the two women closer up, side-by-side:

It was then posed if one (or both if the above people are the same person) was the same person as this one:

This woman is known to be my paternal great-grandmother on my dad's maternal line, Justina HODICK. The consensus of the above ponderings, after posting here and at work, was that
Is Justina, but that is not (though it does appear the second woman has a cleft lip, which would be odd since I am a social worker for the Cleft Lip/Palate team at work).

The battle within does not stop here, as I realized that similarities abound among these women's husbands, too.

This is Justina's husband, Edward HODICK, my great-grandfather.
This is a closer picture of the groom in wedding portrait above. I'm not very good, to be honest, at comparing people (I'm always saying "hey that looks like...." and everyone laughs at me!). I do notice some difference in the eyes of these men, and the hairline. But I really wonder if the second unknown man was perhaps my great-grandfather Edward HODICK's brother. Or perhaps his bride was Justina's sister!

So tell me, people, WHO ARE YOU?

Edward and Justina Hodick, ca. late 1940's.


On August 8, 2005, my friends Donna and Joe applied to adopt a child from China. On September 9, 2005 Donna started her blog, Waiting for Lauren Elizabeth, to track their progress. What was originally thought to be a 12 month or so wait turned out to be nearly three years!

At 8:20 a.m. this morning, Donna and Joe will depart from Phoenix, Az to China to pick up their baby girl.Wow.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Proximidade Award

I've been remiss in responding to Julie Cahill Tarr's awarding of the Proximidade Award to me, and now I've been awarded again! WOOHOO! Thanks Julie and also to Conversations with Ancestors Past! I'm supposed to tag 8 more bloggers, but I've been fortunate enough to be given the award at my Oracle of OMcHodoy blog so consider it done :).

Saturday, January 3, 2009

From This to This and Back!

15 months ago:
8 days ago:


The R.I.P.PERS Graveyard Rabbit

Well, I've finally done it! I've been wanting to create a blog for the Association of Graveyard Rabbits for a while now, but didn't really have any ideas that would or might prove read-worthy. I think I found an idea that will work, so I created "The R.I.P.PERS" blog at Go have a look, take a stab at the kick-off quiz (pun not really intended), and come back often

99 Things

Julie at GenBlog and Sheri at The Educated Genealogist partook in a new meme called "99 Things About Me". Instructions: From the list below, code the following activities as such: BOLD the activities you've already done; Color the ones you want to do in RED; Leave the ones you don't want to do in plain font.

Since my regular font is bold, I put the ones I've already done in GREEN.

Here's My List:

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band
4. visited hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower
6. given more than you can afford to charity
7. been to disneyland
8. climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis
10. sang a solo
11. bungee jumped
12. visited paris
13. watched a lightning storm at sea
14. taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty
18. grown your own vegetables
19. seen the mona lisa in france
20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight
22. hitch hiked
23. taken a sick day when you are not ill
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon
28. ridden a gondola in venice
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise
33. seen niagara falls in person
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. seen an amish community
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. seen the leaning tower of pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen michelangelo's david in person
41. sung karaoke
42. seen old faithful geyser erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight
46. been transported in an ambulance
47. had your portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the sistine chapel in person
50. been to the top of the eiffel in paris
51. gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive in theater
55. been in a movie
56. visited the great wall of china
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies
62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood
65. gone skydiving
66. visited a nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a cheque
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70. visited the lincoln memorial
71. eaten caviar
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in times square
74. toured the everglades
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guard in london
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle
79. seen the grand canyon in person (hiked down it to boot!)
80. published a book
81. visited the vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in jerusalem
84. had your picture in the paper
85. read the entire bible
86. visited the white house
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox
89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury
91. met someone famous
92. joined a book club
93. lost a loved one
94. had a baby
95. see the alamo in person
96. swum in the great salt lake.
97. been involved in a lawsuit
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee