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March
Feast of Purim

April
Feast of
Passover

May
Vintage Photo

June
New House

July
Beach Trip

August
Savanna's Photos

September
Feast of
Trumpets


October
6th Birthday
Feast of Sukkot

December

Christmas Day
Family Studio Photos
Hanukkah

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LOFTIN
GENEALOGY
LINE

The
LOFTIN
Family
Tree


Alexandria
(2002 - 2???)

Elizabeth
"Beth"
Ann
Loftin

(1976 - 20??)

Curtis
Dean
Loftin

(1953 - 20??)

Sam
William
Loftin

(1918 - 1979)

Alonzo
Lester
Loftin

(1876 - 1937)

William Alexander
Loftin

(1851 - 1939)

James
Franklin
Loftin

(1827 - 1864)

Thomas
Loftin

(1798 - 185?)

James
Loftin

(1768 - 1836)

John
Loftin

(1740 - 1793)

Cornelius
Loftin III

(1714 - 1785)

Cornelius
Loftin II

(1675 - 1735)

Cornelius
Loftin I

(1648 - 1735)

Leonard
"Laughton"
Loftin

(1610 - 1678)
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Alexandria

 

Born: 2002, Hickory, NC

 
 

2008

 
 
 
 

March 2008

 

 

Purim - The Feast of Esther

 
Alexandria's maternal grandparents, Curtis & Carolyn Loftin, have been observing the Biblical Festival ever since Beth and Philip lived at home.  When grandchildren came along, they enjoyed sharing the experience with them, too.
 
Brad, Beth, Savanna and Alexandria joined Curtis & Carolyn (and all of Beit Yeshua) on 21 March 2008 as they celebrated the Feast of Purim.  Because GOD hid Esther in the King's palace, it's customary to wear costumes on Purim.
 
Esther 9:26-27

26 Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur...
27 The Jews ordained,a nd took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing and according to their appointed time every year.

 
Savanna & Alexandria were dressed in their dance costumes
(Left to Right) Duke & Mryl Peeler, Laura Cromer, Kirk Herbertson, Doug & Lynda Williams,
Carolyn Loftin, Susan & Paul Myles, Savanna & Alexandria
 
Savanna  & Alexandria watch as Curtis calls out the impromptu cast
 
Curtis costumes Esther as she is called up from the audience
 
 
2008 Purim Cast
 
Stacy Travis: King's Attendant, Andy Melnyk: Haman, Jane Melnyk: Zeresh, Chuck Anthony: King Ahashuerus,
Janice Anthony: Esther, Allison Scott: Queesn Vashti, Bill Shupp: Haman & Melba Finley: Advisor
 
 
Groggers and other noise makers are used to drown out the name of the evil Haman
 
 
 
 

April 2008

 

 

Pesach/Passover

 
The Seese Family joined Curtis & Carolyn on 25 April 2008
as Beit Yeshua celebrated the Biblical Feast of Pesach/Passover.
 
Leviticus 23:4-7

4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
5 In the fourteenth day of the first month (Abib or Nisan - March or April) at even (evening) is the LORD's Passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. 7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
 

 
1 Corinthians 5:7-8
7 ... Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:  8 Therefore let us keep the feast ...
 
Guests begin to arrive - including Brad, Beth, Savanna & Alexandria
 
Maternal grandfather, Curtis Loftin led the group
 
Brad, Beth, Savanna & Ali chat with Sandy Baucom
Curtis taught 8th Grade with Sandy for 16 years
Sandy became Savanna's teacher in 2013 - 2014 at River Bend Middle School
 
 
Waiting for the Seder to begin
 
Curtis Loftin & Doug Williams led the Passover Seder
 
Handwasing is one of the first parts of the Seder
 
 
Elements on the Seder plate are explained: a bone (usually the shank bone of a lamb), an egg, parsley, horseradish and a sweet apple mixture called kharoset
 
 
As each of the 10 plagues are repeated,
a drop of grape juice is dropped from a finger onto a napkin
 
Savanna asked the 4 Questions at the 2008 Passover Seder
 
 
 
 

May 2008

 
 
Vintage Studio Photos
 

Beth had this vintage photo of Savanna and Alexandria taken on 10 May 2008.

 
Always a smile from both of the girls
 
 
 
 

June 2008

 
 
New House for the Seese Family
 

In the summer of 2008, Brad & Beth were invited to take up payments and move into his maternal grandparent's (Reese Mathew Denniston & Winifred Irene Gardner) home in Startown/Newton.

 
Always a smile from both of the girls
 
Poppi & Nonni helped Brad & Beth paint the entire house -
and along with Great-Granny purchase new carpet for the house
 
(Below) Living room with fireplace
 
Master Bedroom with walk-in closet
 
Kitchen
 
Alexandria enjoys her new bedroom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

July 2008

 
 
The Beach
 
The Loftin & Seese families (Curtis & Carolyn, Philip & Leslie, Brad & Beth, Savanna & Alexandria) planned a family vacation to North Myrtle Beach, SC, for 26 July 2008.  The families lodged at Xanadu II for the 7-day vacation.
 
All packed and ready to go
 
Afternoon view of the beach from our balcony at Xanadu II in North Myrtle Beach
 
Beth and Savanna do some unpacking
 
A Full Day on the Beach
 
Time to head down to the beach
 
So many toys with which to play in the sand - Alexandria loves it
 
 
 
Three umbrellas for this group
That's Xanadu II directly behind Beth, Philip & Leslie
 
Beth, Savanna and Alexandria were the first to get in the water - but not too deep
 
 
Beth checks out the beach toys with Ali and Savanna
 
Savanna brings a little ocean water to help Ali out
 
Philip, Leslie & Beth soak up the sun - but it's the shade that Brad enjoys
 
 
Alexandria and Savanna eventually move down to the edge of the water
 
 
 
 
 
 
An Evening Walk on the Beach
 
An after dinner walk along the beach - Poppi & Nonni's favorite part of the trip
 
 
The girls even had a new friend to go along with them on their beach walk
 
Looking for shells is always lots of fun
 
Mother and Daughter
 
 
Going Out To Eat
 
No trip to the beach would be complete without going out to eat fish
 

 
Ordering, then waiting for the food to arrive
 
Aunt Leslie & Uncle Philip
 
Back at Xanadu II
 
 
 
Beach Photos
 

Poppi decides to take the girls out on the beach for some photos

 
 
 
 
Beth takes a photo of Poppi with Ali
 
 
Going Out To Eat
 
After a quick bite to eat at Chick-Fil-A
Poppi & Nonni get their photo taken with the girls
 
Beth with Savanna and Alexandria
 

Philip & Leslie

 
Let's Build-A-Bear
 
The family went out for dinner, but afterwards stopped at Broadway At The Beach
giving the girls an opportunity to choose a toy from Build-A-Bear there
 
 
The first thing the girls had to do was choose their bear
but they did stop long enough to take a peak at some of the bear clothing
 
The girls even chose how much stuffing for their bear
Next it was time for an imaginary bath for the new bear
  
 
A name had to be selected and the bear registered

 

Next it was time to pick something for the stuffed bear to wear
 
Time to dress the new bear
  
 
Nonni offers Alexandria a little help
 
THE BEAR PROMISE
My Bear is Special
I Brought it to Life
I Chose It
I Stuffed It
I am Taking it Home
Best Friends Are Forever
So I Promise Right Now
To Make My Bear My
#1 Pal
 

Finally, Mom has to pay for everything!

 
Next, it was time for some ice-cream
No beach trip would be complete without it
 
Another Day in the Sun
 
Beth and the girls were the first to venture into the water
 
 
From the look on Beth's face,
you can tell that the morning water temperature was "cool"
 
 
 
 

Ali especially enjoyed playing in the sand at the edge of the water

 

 

 
Savanna, however, enjoyed floating in the water with the boogie board
 
Brad (with Ali), Philip and Leslie ventured into the water, too. That's Savanna's head on the right side of the photo
 
 
 
Poppi was usually taking photos but this was one time he got his photo taken

 
  
 
 
One Last Day On The Beach
 
Only the younger group (Brad & Beth, Savanna & Ali, Philip & Leslie)
went out on the beach the last day of the beach vacation
 
 
 
Poppi & Nonni stayed in the cool room
 

 

 
One Last Look
 
One last look at the beach before we all head home
 
 
 
 

August 2008

 
 

Savanna's Photos

 

Savanna took these digital photos of Alexandria on 22 August 2008 at Poppi & Nonni's house.

 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 

September 2008

 
 
Yom Teruah - The Feast of Trumpets
 
The Seese Family joined Curtis & Carolyn on 26 September 2008 as Beit Yeshua celebrated Yom Teruah (The Feast of Trumpets).  Guests were encouraged to dress in white, symbolizing the spotless Bride of Messiah Yeshua/Jesus.
 
Leviticus 23:23

23 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month (Tishri - September or October), in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets (shofarim or ram's horns), an holy convocation.

 
 
A time of Praise & Worship - Brad, Beth, Savanna & Ali sit on the front row
 
 
During Praise & Worship, Curtis led Israeli Folk Dance for those wanting to participate
Beth, Savanna and Alexandria joined the group of dancers

 
A drama titled "The Ancient Jewish Wedding" was the main activity for the evening
 

The Bible is a marriage covenant.  Both the Tanach (the Old Testament) and the Brit Hadashah (the New Testament) describe how God through Messiah Yeshua/Jesus, the Bridegroom, is in the process of marrying His bride.  Yeshua’s first miracle - turning water into wine - took place at a wedding in Cana of Galilee.  There are many parallels between the ancient Jewish Wedding and the marriage between Messiah Yeshua and his Bride.  Yeshua even called Himself the bridegroom.

 
For more information and additional photos, CLICK HERE
 
The Bridegroom and Bride under the Chuppa, or Wedding Canopy
(Left to Right) Myrl Peeler, Barry Finley, Chuck Anthony, Doug Williams, Jeremy & Jeanne Eldridge
 
 
The Jewish ceremony of Tashlich during Yom Teruah occurs when participants walk to a lake and cast scraps of bread or rocks (symbolic of the individual's sins) into the water.  It's a beautiful object lesson to share repentance and forgiveness with children - and adults.
 
An artificial lake was created in order to share Tashlich with the group
 
 
The evening concluded with Communion
 

 

...and a time of food and fellowship
 
 
 
 

October 2008

 

 

Alexandria's 6th Birthday

 
On 11 October 2008 the family and friends of Alexandria gathered at her house in Newton
to wish her a "Happy Birthday" and to celebrate with a party in her honor.
 
Beth waits for everyone to arrive
 
Ready to enjoy some birthday cake and other refreshments
 
 
Because of her love for horses, the 2008 cake had horses on it
 
Needless to say, Alexandria enjoyed all of her presents
        
 
(Left) Paternal Grandmother, JoAnn Denniston Seese
(Right) Maternal Great-Grandmother Willie Goble Loftin
 
 
Savanna with Uncle Philip and Aunt Leslie
 
(Apologies from Poppi for the 2008 birthday photos - most of which turned out blurry)
 
 
 

The Feast of Sukkot

 
Alexandria's maternal grandparents, Curtis & Carolyn Loftin, have been observing the Biblical Festival ever since Beth and Philip lived at home.  When grandchildren came along, they enjoyed the experience, too.
 

Leviticus 23:33 - 43

33 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, the fifteenth day of the seventh month (September or October) shall be the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot in Hebrew) for seven days unto the LORD. 41 And ye shall keep it a Feast unto the LORD seven days in the year.  It shall be a statute forever in your generations: you shall celebrate it in the seventh month (Nissan in Hebrew).  42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites shall dwell in booths:  43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
 
The Biblical Festivals paint a beautiful picture of Yeshua/Jesus' life.  He died on the Feast of Passover, was in the grave on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and arose from the dead on the Feast of First Fruits. The Holy Spirit was given on the Feast of Pentecost.  The Fall Festivals will be fulfilled when Yeshua/Jesus returns - The Feast of Trumpets (or the Catching away of His Bride), the Day of Atonement (when Yeshua/Jesus returns and judges the Earth), and the Feast of Sukkot (which symbolized the 1000 year reign of Messiah Yeshua/Jesus when He will "tabernacle" with Believers).
 
Every Autumn, Curtis & Carolyn build a sukka/booth in their back yard
Sukkot provides a wonderful opportunity to share about the provision of God

 

 

Curtis & Carolyn share a Sunday afternoon meal with the Seese family in the sukka
 

 

The sukka should have 3 walls - with the branches of various trees on top
Even though the branches are on top of the sukka, you should still be able to see the stars

 
The Feast of Sukkot begins on Nissan 15 (September or October) and lasts for 7 days
There is always a full moon as the Biblical festival begins
 
 
 
 

December 2008

 

 

Christmas Day

 
Brad, Beth, Savanna and Alexandria (as well as Uncle Philip & Aunt Leslie) went over to Curtis & Carolyn's house for Christmas lunch.  Lunch time is usually 11:30 a.m.
 
Savanna tells Nonni what she found under the Christmas tree

  

Savanna & Alexandria, wearing their Christmas dresses, ate lunch at the bar
 
Christmas is always special when you share it with family
 

   Uncle Philip & Aunt Leslie got married in 2001 - but still didn't have children in 2008
Poppi & Nonni gave them a gentle "hint" that they wanted grandchildren

 
Savanna & Alexandria start opening their Christmas gifts
 
Savanna & Alexandria are pleased with all the pretty dresses from Poppi & Nonni
 
Additional dresses for Alexandria

 
 
 
There was lots of other fun stuff, too
 

    

 
Great-Granny Willie eventually arrived and there were more clothes from her
 

  

 
 
Thank You Great Granny
 
 
 

Family Studio Photos at Philip & Leslie's House

 

On 25 December 2008, after lunch and opening Christmas presents, the family all went over to Philip & Leslie's house for some family studio photos.  We were pleased to have Great-Granny Willie Goble Loftin in these, also.
 
(Top Row) Brad & Beth, Leslie & Philip
(Bottom Row) Savanna, Carolyn, Willie, Curtis, Alexandria
 
Philip got some good family photos of Brad, Beth and the girls, too
 
 
The family changes clothes and gets another good family photo
 
 
 

Hanukkah - The Feast of Lights

 

In 2008, the Biblical Feast of Hanukkah occurred at the same time as Christmas.  On 25 December 2008, the 5th day of Hanukkah, Savanna & Alexandria help Poppi light the Hanukkiah.
 
Savanna lights the first few candles ...
 
... and Alexandria lights the rest of them
 
Poppi shares the Hanukkah story
 
 
 
 
 

Alexandria's Life

 
 
Alexandria 2002
Alexandria 2003
Alexandria 2004
Alexandria 2005
Alexandria 2006
Alexandria 2007
Alexandria 2008
Alexandria 2009
Alexandria 2010
Alexandria 2011
Alexandria 2012
Alexandria 2013
Alexandria 2014
Alexandria 2015
Alexandria 2016
 
Dance 2005 - 2014
Murray's Mill - 2015
 
 
 
 

DEDICATION

 
 
Ali, I love you so very much.  Every photo that I've added to this page made me smile - and reminded me just how special you are.  You're kind, sweet and gentle.  May you always follow after the ways of the LORD and may you grow up to serve Yeshua/Jesus with zeal and passion.  Only "true" happiness comes from Him.  Love you, Poppi.