2018 Report Card

You can read my 2017 report card here.  Other report cards in other years are usually posted around December 31st of each year.  The 2018 report card, much like the 2018 year, has gotten completely derailed.  This year my daughter and her two sons moved in with us.  While I really love having them around, my research and writing time doesn’t exist anymore.  And that’s okay.  Life should be spent on those we have with us – in building relationships with the people God has given us.  I do miss writing very much but I’m sure I’ll get back to it at some point in the future.  In the meantime, I’m searching for cousins to do guest posts about once a month.  This is your big chance, guys!  Contact me.  I have a newly found cousin who is currently writing a guest post about her family that married into our family.  I hope I’ll be able to post that for you soon.

In the meantime, let’s talk about 2018 for a bit.

2018 Goals were:

  1.  Learn more about my 3rd great-grandmother, Sarah DAVIS REITER.  (Research goal)
  2. Take a writing course to improve my storytelling. (Self-improvement goals)
  3. Be more consistent with my blogging. (Sharing goal)


Frankly, I didn’t meet any goals.  I am meeting a multi-year goal in that I am finally getting my genealogy records unpacked and organized and I have a designated space for them.  It’s taking a while but I’ll get there.


In 2019, I’m just going to focus on unpacking and organizing all my records so that I can go into 2020 in a better place with my genealogy.  I’ll be looking for cousins who are willing to write guest posts this year – if that’s you PLEASE let me know!  Hopefully, I’ll have time to post some of the records I unpack from time to time and share them with you.

So this year (as I sometimes told my elementary students), “you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit”! As a small consolation prize, I give you this cousin photo.

Above: Christmas at the Bates home.  Left to right back row: me (Lisa), Clayton, Terry.  Front row left to right: Doyle, Tracy, Cortney.  If I mis-identified someone let me know asap!

Until next time,

~ Lisa at Days of Our Lives

Shot Through the Heart, #3

Oh my dear 80’s friends. You have not heard 80’s music with your heart until you’ve heard my 5-year-old grandson sing it in the shower when he thinks no one is listening. I love this kid.  WARNING: If you have earbuds in, be ready to remove them.  If you’re playing this at work, maybe turn the volume down before you get started.  It gets a little loud in places.    #HeMightHateMeLater

(Those of you trying to access this on Sunday night may want to try again tomorrow. My internet isn’t very strong at home and likely will not upload the audio file. It will upload tomorrow when I arrive in town and have much better signal strength.)


I’ve decided to go back in and add the actual chorus lyrics to the song he’s singing.  The 17-second portion you heard is within the chorus section below.


Shot through the heart and you’re to blame

You give love a bad name

I play my part and you play your game

You give love a bad name

Yeah you give love a bad name

The song is You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi (in case you didn’t know).  It came out about 1986.

Until next time,

Lisa @ Days of Our Lives