Monday, November 29, 2010


The Michigan Nelsons gathered in Mackinaw City at the beach of their Lake Michigan Cottage,Cobble Beach. The Lord supplied a nice amount of lake effect snow,a fallen tree,winter like weather,and gifts from wonderful neighbors. We were 6 adults,5children,and 4 dogs strong.The men chopped and stacked the fallen wood,the dogs ran the beach and into the fridgid cold lake,the kids played with their new gifts,the women cooked,ate,and read  while the wood stove burned and crackeled.  Christmas music played in every room. We talked to distant family and friends and had a GREAT TIME!

Saturday, September 18, 2010


We went over to Lakeland with a pic-nick lunch to see what that large dinosaur we see on the way to Disney was all about. A very nice surprise!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

APRIL 21,1949

61 EVENTFUL YEARS AGO TODAY MY PARENTS were told that I was a mircal and should not have surveved the last month in the womb. I was to be named Christina Jane Campbell after a great-great grandma on the Beach side of our family. When my mother woke my dad had already named me Chris Ann with NO middle name. Mom was never a happy woman and not to speak ill of the departed but I grew up hearing lovely thoughts,"If I could do it again I would choose career over children",  "Chris Ann was much harder to raise,keep alive,then either of my boys", "Don't worry about spelling,just marry someone rich and hire a secretary","You have fat ankles but the pretty smile will make up for that",  "babies are just something you must get past to reach the fun,teen years".  I miss my mom and daddy every day. They did the best they could and raised 4 very selfsufficent children that have contributed to society in a possitive way. I will invest my life trying to pass on generations of "Good Citizens",in their memories. I never did marry that rich man but he was a college proffesor and he can spell but I cast that "spelling" problem to the wind years ago...

Friday, February 26, 2010

Another Nelson grandchild!

Burton and I were blessed with grandchild number 9 yesterday February 16th. Carol Lynn and Daniel Shaw and 3 year old daughter Amya brought Nelson Muir Shaw home to WA. last night and we are all enjoying him very much. He was born on our first grandchilds 14th birthday and I think that tickeled Taylor Leigh. We have pictures of him and I will post one or two but Carol and Dan have dear friends that are professional so you may want to go to Carols blog at The 5 of us had a great week!
we are so blessed and thankful for all the answered prayers that have gone on for decades. I started praying for our seed, their spouses(bonus childres),and the seed to come from our union in 1970. God is good!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

February 14th The Day of LOVE

This is a very special day even though many say it is "just a Hallmark day". Its roots are strong and deep in the Celtic culture. My daddy always left a red rose on my bed or school books and that was enough.  One year in college I recieved 4 dozen red roses each from a different "fella".  Our children enjoyed making sure everyone got a special valintine especially "the unpopular".  My soon to be husband, gave me a $5.00 card in 1979.  That was a lot of money even for a college professor,I get it out every year and place it on or bedstand. My mom passed on to glory on this day 14 years ago.  We have traveled the country to be in Hood River,OR/White Salmon, WA so we could welcome our ninth grandchild into this beautiful world. I think today will be the day...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

February 9th

It was 1978 and Mid michigan was hit with what they called the storm or the centuery. I went to bed with back labor paines and woke to 8 foot drifts in our driveway and calls from nieghbors assuring me they could get me out by snowmobile if I needed to go to the hospital. We were finally ploughed out by the time baby John Michale Nelson arrived on February nineth. Fast forward to February 9th 2001 and the sean was a spring like day in Heartland Mi. where baby John was about to say I do to his love. The day turned to rain, then wild rian,ice,snow,wild winds,blizzard conditions. The bride and groom got out on their honeymoon but some of the guests had a hard time getting home. Fast forward to 2007,Beautiful sunny day in St. Petersburg Fl where Amya Beatrice Shaw decided to join the Nelson clan. February 9th is a big day in our family!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Arts and Craft Show in Pine Island Cove a great success

South West Florida is abundant with talent.Many of our best artists hail from Michigan and are able to practice the arts in both of these imspiring states. Being professional geographers,Burton and I have had the privilage of traveling all 50 states and I must say they each are so unique it is hard to pick favorites. But, at the top of my list are Michigan and Florida. Many many of our most famous people from the last 3 centuries have been active in both of my home states. Now with that said we are off to the West coast to enjoy family,friends,and inspiration :)