Seventeen Years Ago Today!

It’s now seventeen years later and they’ve been the best seventeen years of my life! Love you Peanut! ❤


My Tiger Child…

“A Tiger Child could be a bundle of joy and a holy terror at the same time.  A little live wire who dashes about sparkling with activity, the Tigress will throw herself into the thick of things.  Even a very quiet one will know exactly where the action is and make a bee line for it.”

Li Qi Ying was born in 1998 in the city of Qichun, Hubei Province, in the People’s Republic of China.  Qichun is the birthplace of famous herbalist Li Shizhen, who was born and lived in Qizhou town, on the southern edge of the county alongside the Yangtze River.  It is known in China as the “County of Scholars” as more professors and doctors were born there than in any other county in China.

Ying 1

“… She is charming, bright and a self confident chatterbox, and there will be no holding her back.  Her insatiable curiosity and…

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About CJ Murdoch

Looking For "Dead People"! My Journey Back In Time - Tracing my ancestors and researching the counties, cities and towns where they resided. Taking a “Glimpse” into their lives and stories and the times in which they lived; all in an effort to learn about their “Dash”! “I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of his friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning – to the end. He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the second with tears, but he said that what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.” I have always been interested in researching my family tree and “hanging out” in cemeteries. Like most of us... I didn't ask enough questions when elderly family were still living. Oh, what I would give for 24 hours and a camera with my ancestors… just to sit and listen! I'm researching many family lines, including: Murdoch, Wilson, Berry, Love, Scott, Beattie/Beatty, Hendren, Sweeney, Robinson and Elvin; just to name a few. My families are predominantly from counties Antrim, Donegal and Londonderry. However, it seems that many of them, both maternal and paternal lines, originally hailed from Co. Donegal. I was born and raised in Northern Ireland and now live in Ottawa, Canada, making frequent trips back home to visit with my family. Of course those visits also include treks to the many burial grounds of my ancestors. My most recent trip back home was during the summer of 2019! Looking forward to August of 2020 when I will return. If you are interested in help tracing your ancestors I’d love to hear from you!
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5 Responses to Seventeen Years Ago Today!

  1. GP Cox says:

    Good to see you back, CJ.


    • CJ Murdoch says:

      Thanks GP, hope you are well. 2015 was a year of “transition” – I’m now working as a consultant rather than a “9-5” employee. It has taken some getting used to, especially “shuffling” deadlines for two different companies. Although this change wasn’t by choice, I enjoy the freedom of working for myself, often from home. It did take some getting used to though. 🙂 My daughter started university last September, has her drivers licence and her own car – so, I was “laid off from that job too”! Lucky for me she stayed in the City and will only move away when it’s time for her Master’s! My goal … find time to write more! Have a super day!

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  2. Elaine Holmes says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story and beautiful pictures Colleen – it is plain to see why you are bursting with pride. x x

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