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Monday, April 1, 2013

Family Ties

I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter weekend. For us, we were able to travel up to see my parents and brothers. It was a lovely weekend full of food and laughs.

One thing we spent a lot of time doing was our family history. It all began a few weeks ago when Mike signed up to ancestry.com. I could not believe that he would sign up for something like that all I could only shack my head but I'm now so happy that we have it. 

Before we headed out I had warned my Mother that she need to get her family history together so that I could add it to my tree. And thankfully someone in her family had done a lot of work so I could add a lot of people. One of the lines went all the way back to the 1500 in Sweden.

It felt so amazing reading those names and get a small glimpse in the their lives. I tried to imagine what their lives would have been like. Most of the ancestries that I added were farmers and in my mind's eye I could see how hard they must of worked to plant and grow their crops.

I added the names of Mothers who lost not one but two or three children as babies or as young children. I can not even begin to imagine they pain they must of felt  again and again after burying their little ones. I think they must have been amazingly strong women as I could imagine that they could not take much time to grieve for their loss because they had other little mouths to feed. They needed to just wipe away the tears and get back to work.

    
Many of them gave up everything they had to come to North America in search of a better live. One ancestor was a son of a wealthy Land Barron and when he expressed a desire to come to this new land his Father told he would disown him if he left, he came here anyway.

I feel so blessed to live in this time with so many great technological and medical advantages. I live in this great country with freedoms and rights, and I have all of this because of those who came before me.




What are your family stories?


 I would love to hear where your ancestors came from.



Thank you so much for reading. 

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