Specials: the Day for Mothers

I know. Every day is special for mothers when you are a Mom. Moms deserve to be celebrated daily…but sometimes we take every day people for granted. Moms are special. Moms are the ones who are there for you from the first moment of your life up until the very last day of hers…No one can be what your mom is to you. Take the day to celebrate HER…in 2016…and include her Mom… Check it out!

Generation Portraits

are a wonderful gift for mother’s day.

What is that you ask? Well I posted a blog on that earlier but here’s a refresher: “Generation Portraits” are special portraits that include usually three or more family members from three or more generations. For example: my mother, myself and my daughter in one portrait together would be a “generation portrait” showcasing three generations of women in our family.

Generation-collage-02HartzellWomen-5gens-plain-logo-smThis is a generation portrait. What are the numbers for? The first lady in this portrait passed away some time ago. The photo of her was taken in 1973. Her daughter next to her passed away a few years later and her photo shown here was taken in 1983.  A photo of the matriarchal line to share with future generations was desired.  I put my artistic skills to work with the materials in possession. Here is that result. A generation portrait showing the women who have been key influences in someone’s life and of whom they are a direct descendant. Now…that special offer I mentioned…From Now (April 12th, 2016) through May 2nd, 2016–> Misha’s Photography & Restoration is  offering this style of generation portraits to YOU! May 2nd will be the LAST day for sessions to be done. Mother’s Day is May 8th, 2016.
IF you are interested in YOUR OWN generations portrait, please visit our contact page and make an appointment OR request a special order. Here’s how!

Special Order:

Fill out your name, email, phone,  and in the comments section write: “Special Order Generations Portrait”.  Someone from our office will contact you for more information within 24 hours of your contact form being sent to us (usually).

Thank You for visiting our blog.  Have a Blessed Mother’s day (May 8th, 2016).

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Generation Portraits do not have to be the female line. You can do a male generation portrait or even a mixed generation portrait. It depends on your family and your personal preferences.

Everyone Knows Your Name…

I wanted to scope out a site for a halloween or goth shoot. I had a place in mind for a while and finally got the chance to stop in and do some test shots. the place isn’t as pristine as I thought (or had hoped)…and was actually more appalling than I could have imagined………..

half buried headstone

This headstone looks brand new. If it is indeed new then why is it half buried? How is it that the Director of the Cemetery lets this happen? The cemetery gets mowed but it seems that is all it gets.

Now I have no idea if this cemetery is a private cemetery, a county or city cemetery or who is responsible. Remember, this started out as a scouting mission for a future shoot of another kind. However, my Aunt does genealogy and a few other bloggers on here inspired me to post this as a blog. I think the people need to know and here is why…

still interring loved ones todayThis photo (to the left) was taken in the same cemetery on the same day as all the other photos in this blog post. Kevin J. Johnson was laid to rest in 2007. that is fairly recent and he obviously still has loved ones around that miss him. I would be outraged if I was his family! Well ok I am a little angry at this and I don’t have anyone laid to rest here that I know of…

which way?

You would think that this is two different graves, side by side. I have no idea. I can’t tell. I can tell you that this has a stone or cement edge around it and looks as though it could hold about four graves. There is only this marker inside the cement edge. the headstone you see is clearly visible. The writing is clear. The stone is actually facing west (the one you can read). That is one reason I believe this is the same marker. I think the stone came off of the base and was never put right. This is not the first….

bush whackedThis is a marker. It is in the back (north and west side) of the cemetery. If you can’t tell, there are yellow flowers trapped in the tree/shrubbery with the marker. I couldn’t even read the marker. I couldn’t get to it.

To me this screams of disrespect for the place you are suppose to care for. The sign clearly states there is a director and that any changes have to go through that person.

The only thing missing is a building that shows Director Rulesan office present or a phone number on how to reach this particular person. I would love be able to contact the Director! Hopefully after this post so will other people.

The southern end of the facility looks nice and kept up and even sports a brand new looking sign declaring what the name of the cemetery is….so glad of that much! I honestly hope this shows that they are working on cleaning it up…but OMG!!!

I was almost in tears after leaving this place and as I said, I don’t personally know any person nor do I have any relations laid to rest here. My Aunt was in tears. It was very upsetting to say the least.

There are several United States Soldiers laid to rest here. They date back to World War I!

There are soldiers who served in WWI, WWII, Korea, and there are many children laid to rest here also.

Their sign is misleading to me. It clearly states “Dedicated to those we love…rest in peace”

There are so many that just don’t look at peace….undisturbed, cared-for graves are one thing. Graves that are trodden over every day….??? This next photo is a grave that is obviously in the middle of a path…the only way to get to the wooded area….

I can’t see how this person or their relativesPath way OVER my grave? would have any peace. When you lay someone to rest, it isn’t suppose to be in the path of someone…walking on graves is suppose to be disrespectful.  Yet if you look here, you can see that walking over the Martin grave is the only way to get to the one in the back of the photo.

At first I thought this was the worst of it.

It turns out, if you look at the weeds that are about waste high in the right of the picture, there is a grave marker hidden in the weeds and bushes. I was totally appalled!

I have had people ask me if this was a pauper’s cemetery or other various types and the answer is “I don’t know”. I only know what the signs say and what I saw. All of that….or most of that, I am sharing with you here.

Let me know your thoughts on the matter….and if you know whether or not this problem is being worked on or is a really big problem spiraling southward….I won’t mind hearing about that either……Leave a comment! Please!

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Genealogy…Faded Markers…Being Remembered

This post was actually inspired by another blogger’s post:


I have run across several people who do genealogy. If you do any research into family history, you will eventually run across things like this more often than not. It’s one of those things that we usually try not to think about (in my opinion) because it isn’t productive and can be depressing.

But if you really think about it…..How many of us actually remember 4 generations ago?

My kids don’t know my grandmother because she died when I was 12. I have great memories of her and a few pictures too. However it takes more than pictures and stories to link the next generation to someone who was special to their parents.

 this is a photo from a similar blog that might interest some:

Someone born in 1825 such as the lady, Sarah, in Lyndamichele’s blog post probably doesn’t have anyone directly tied to her with enough personal memories to keep the headstone readable….it’s disturbing to think that we have that to look forward to…

but those we love are the ones that remember us. When the people who knew us are gone…well…we are just a page in a diary or journal, or a headstone marking our final resting place….











time heals…time helps things disappear….and when time passes so quickly as it seems to in these modern times of technology, other memories fade as well….Generations later, a kind soul who knew people or was a great part of the community in some small (maybe even invisible way) or who gets curious about the history of their descendants finds treasures like these and some even take an interest in restoring them if they can afford it….why? Simply because they are family…..Family does mean something…even if it takes a few generations to remember that….

and in the mean time, what lies beneath each fading stone (in my opinion) is just the shell of what we once were….(though it is good to be remembered) I think the spirit lives on which opens up a whole other blog post when you start talking about the afterlife…. so… feel free to leave a comment on your genealogy experience or just regarding what I have to say…  🙂