First of all; I would like to thank the creators of Find a Grave. This site has helped me to meet some very nice people, who have helped me to deal with a grief I thought I would never face... Second, I would like to thank Colette, for the sponsorships of my Mothers,Fathers and Brothers sites. And, Paula, for sponsorshing of my sisters site. And,lastly, but not least,Henk Orie(1932-2008),Who has also helped me to take everything one day at a time. To anyone out there, who comes across someone who is mourning, Please, take the time to comfort them. You have no idea how much you are helping. If you let them cry on your shoulder, or just listen to them remember that loved one,the amount of help you offer is priceless. And, for those who grieve: There is nothing that can be said, or done, to help speed up this process:You can be happy as a lark on minute, and break down sobbing the next. There is no set time for your grieving. Don't rush it. And, when you finish wiping you eyes, don't think yourself silly, think of it as a breeze from heaven, from your loved ones, letting you know that they are still there, watching over you. God bless all of you...
RE: Batups, Zelma Cato Thank you so much for your reply. I have been searching the Batups family line for years but don't have enough to validate what I have. If you could share anything with me--I know that you said you have nothing however if you think of something that you may have; obituary; any information or stories; photographs (especially because I would love to see his face); names of children and where they may live; anything at all, I would truly appreciate it.
I understand that is possible that you may or may not be a member of the Batups family line but instead a researcher assisting. However if you are family member, could you possible reply to inform me if you wouldn't mind sharing? I am the family historian for Batups-Franklin-Harden line.
RE: Willie Brown You are most welcome for the 'polishing' of your father's picture; I am glad you liked it. Congratulations on your father's great achievement. My condolences for the loss of so many in such a short period of time. May God continue to comfort you and bless you throughout your life until you can meet them all again.
Your family Just wanted to let you know I stopped by your parents sites as one of them "popped" up when I was doing some history on this site. It of course led me to your other family members, you lost so much in such a short time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and hope your memories help you when times are difficult, it is easy for me to say, but having lost my Mom 7 years ago, I know it isn't easy.
Just wanted you to know people care and understand.
RE: It's been awhile Thanks. I still miss Henk. He kept me going on this. I do Toy's prayer chain but he would send a bunch of Find A Grave listings at once and it was overwhelming so I told him I just need to do the prayer thing. I felt guilty for the ones I couldn't get to. :o) Have a blessed and happy Christmas.