This blog is mainly taken from my Great Grandfather's diary. In 2012 we are in the year 1915, after completing 1916 in 2010 and 1927 in 2011. 1915 is the year that my Great Uncle Norman was born. 1927 is the year that my Great Uncle Roger, was born. 1916 was the year that my grandmother, Annah Lee was born.

My Great-Grandfather's name was Bonnie Elmore and he worked as a clerk or secretary for the old Norfolk & Western Railroad, based in Roanoke, VA. Mary is his wife. Norman is their first born son. The Raines are Mary's parents. Skin is Bonnie's brother along with Jake.

Bonnie's work associates and friends are also mentioned quite a bit. Bonnie does a great job of blending everyday life in 1915 with the mention of some world and USA history as well. I do know from a quick glance ahead that 1915 is going to be quite different as Bonnie did not write quite as much.

After Bonnie's diary entry, I will occasionally make comments, maybe tell a little about life in 2012, possibly some current events, and some musing about the Christian faith.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Money found

On Tuesday, January 18, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Extremely Cold. Work dull in the office. Received post office money order for $15 from Blaine. Arose at 7 a.m. Work on time. Saw Norman at 2:30 afternoon. Cashed money order and gave to "Skin" to take to Mamma. Mrs Raines came up at night. Brought rabbit. Mrs. Hurst, Fred and Mrs Austin came in and stayed until 9:30 I built fire and shaved. Yayyy! The money that was lost in the mail finally showed up! That's what I am guessing anyway, that or Blaine sent more. I am not sure who "Skin" is, I think he was mentioned the other day. Obviously it is a nickname, but it sounds kind of shady to me. Not as much about work things today because things were apparently pretty dull. Interesting dinner choice: rabbit. It's probably not bad, just not something we are used to. I bet somebody killed it themselves. I know that Dad had said that he and Jerry used to trap rabbits. Today in my Bible reading it was very evident how important our words are. Today's reading from Matthew 12 and yesterday's from Psalm 15 really join together. Psalm 15 says that those who don't backbite with their tongue can dwell in the tent of the Lord and Matthew 12 talks about how your words are the fruit of your life and show what kind of person you are. "The mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. People will account for every careless word." We are created in the image of God. He SPOKE us into existence. What are we creating with our words? Are we bringing good or bad into the world? Are we creating good or bad with words between our family members, our co-workers, or the person who cuts us off in traffic? What we say matters a lot and that is a sobering thing. Also Psalm 16:5-11 today really spoke to me as a Psalm of praise. As I spoke about yesterday, indeed I have a delightful inheritance and the boundary lines have fallen for me in delightful places. God is my counsel and because He is at my right hand I will not be shaken.

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