This is one of my favorite pens I have made so far. It is not the fanciest looking pen out there but it has a cool story. A co worker found out that I make these pens and asked if he could provide the wood. His grandfather had passed away a few years ago and my co worker had inherited his grandpas old hunting rifle. He asked if I could make pens from the stock so he can give them to all his cousins.
Our latest blogs talks about ways to get to know you Mum better and to make an effort to document come if your and hers memories... You’ll find the link to the latest blog in bio.
Here are some journaling prompts to get you started on documenting life with your Mum… Can you suggest more prompts?
What Started It All.
This is my mom’s Family Tree. It is from these papers that my interest in genealogy/family history bloomed.
I will never forget the day I first saw these papers. I was about 8 or 9 or so and walked into my mom’s room as she was looking at them laid out on her bed. In my mind’s eye they looked like they covered the entire bedspread. I didn’t know what she was doing.
What is that? I asked. It’s my family tree. She replied. And then she showed me names that I knew and many I didn’t.
I was amazed.
My mom’s family was from Southern Illinois and I was a Chicago suburbs born and raised. I knew about Smithton, the small town my mom called home and where my grandparents still lived at the time.
I was also someone who didn’t have any aunts and uncles. With both parents as only children, our family gatherings were quite small. This paper suggested something that I couldn’t quite grasp.
My world expanded right before my eyes.
No longer did it just include the suburbs or even just Smithton. Rather it mentioned Germany and Ireland. Lands that I had never been to. Names of people I didn’t recognize.
I was hooked. I wanted to know who these people were. I wanted to know their story. I have been in pursuit of that and so much more ever since.
So tell me, what is your origin story? How did you get hooked or first learn about your passion? I would love to know!
Happy International Book Day! ♥️ Take some time today and read with your little ones. To read is to dream. ♥️♥️
Isaac and his book When Isaac Griws Up is perfect for daydreaming about what your little one will become when he grows up (you get to choose the content of the book!). The perfect personalized gift!
The tale she's narrating is about my uncle who fell into a manhole while playing cricket, had a horrendous time getting out and came back home covered in sewage.
But what I love about this clip is my Gran's laugh and her expressions. That giggle is priceless.❤️👵
Do you talk to your children? .
There are parents who aren’t comfortable in conversation with their children. I am told by some children and teens that sometimes the only conversations they have with their parents are around everyday issues such as scheduling and school marks.
Children need to talk with you. It’s from you they will learn their family stories, from you they will learn your opinions, thoughts and advice on everything from dating to romance to music, alcohol and drugs and everything else under the sun and around the world.
When you talk to them you will share your beliefs and your values and in doing so, help establish theirs.
However, if you shut your children down, if you don’t listen or demonstrate a willingness to open up conversations to their interests, you will inadvertently teach your children that their voice doesn’t matter; that even people who love them aren’t interested in their thoughts or opinions - in who they are becoming as people.
Tip: I’ve found what is critically important to children when it comes to talking to their parents is that parents refrain from judgement. Either of them, their friends, or their decisions and thoughts.
Create a safe space for your child to honestly share their thoughts and feelings with you and you will reap the rewards in improved closeness and better trust between you.
I love this photo of three happy brothers on vacation at the Grand Canyon. L to R: James, John, and Tom Little, circa 1960. These brothers still love to travel together. They have gone fishing in Canada many times, rode bikes in Finland and Denmark, plus traveled to Scotland. #vacation
#genealogyphotoaday : Day 23: Holiday [Vacation]: Starry skies remind me of Connemara and one the most wonderful memories I have of a holiday with my father, mother and elder brother when I was a child. One very starry night during that holiday in Connemara, Dad held my hand as all four of us, my dad, my mam, my brother and I, walked together across a wide open field toward a far off ruin. What I recollect most is the coolness of that night, the sky full of stars, and my hand linked with my dad’s hand. We walked, we talked and we giggled our way across the field, as my dad recounted stories of cycling around Ireland in his youth, including details about all the nights he camped out in the ruins of castles and cottages. I felt as though I was in Heaven. My dad died in 2000 and I miss him every single day. Do the stars in the heavens remind you of a special family holiday?
Need the perfect gift for mothers day?? Show them how much you love thru a story.. Hit me up and let me help you tell your story... #origami#mothersday#familystories
Day 20/100 of the #100dayproject
The day after my father-in-law’s funeral three years ago, our family went on a hike to a hot springs in the mountains near Boise. It was cold, rainy, and steep, but we had quite the adventure, and all the grandkids loved sitting in the hot springs while it was raining.
Here is Felix on our hike back out of the mountains. .
Look at our cute bunch! 😎 These are your little heroes and our Hooray Heroes. ♥️ They will all heroically give up their pacifier for the good of mankind! Or just give it to someone who needs it more. Like the poor birdies on the tree. 🐦🕊️🐦 This might be a story but it will help your little one give up their binky! 👶 As with all of our Hooray Heroes books you personalize the appearance and the name of the child and write a sweet dedication to make it really unique. ♥️
Teaching kids #familyhistory and #familystories brings joy and gives them confidence. But how do you do it? Steve Rockwood talked about the rising generation at @roostech. Please enjoy and then click the link in our profile to read our tips and get started today!! @familysearch #stories#kids#family#narrative
Heute haben wir eine super schöne Surfer-Bar direkt am Strand besucht. Und prompt auch hier einen sympathischen Aussteiger aus Italien kennen gelernt!
Die Wetterlage hier ist gerade kritisch und trotzdem strahlten alle richtig aus dem Herzen heraus. Bisher hatte ich leider noch nie wirklich mit Surfern Kontakt. Aber die Eindrücke stehen fest, sie scheinen das Leben etwas leichter zu nehmen und freuen sich über "schlechtes" Wetter, denn da gibt es super Wellen 😉 Sehr sympathisch!!! Also beim nächsten Urlaub probiere ich sicher ein mal das Wellenreiten aus 😜😅 Wer hat Wellenreiten schon einmal ausprobiert?
"Family Legacy Journal Prompt No. 5
Get a journal & record your answers to these prompts for your family to pass on after you are gone.
Where do you thrive?
I had a stunning realization recently that basically knocked me on my ass & I’ve had to reassess and regroup. It began with a question from my best friend that led me to this: “Where did my world conqueror go? That girl who was destined to set the world on fire?” My answer? “She’s fucking tired!”
So, I went on a self-care & planning retreat. I rested. I captured the vision for my life & business again. I was reminded of this quote from Divergent that describes me: Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up. I've seen it. It's fascinating... Sometimes I just... want to see it again. Want to see you awake.
Truth be told, I’m not thriving right now. Why? Because I’m miserably exhausted in my comfort zone. I am not fully “awake” unless I am outside my comfort zone. & that is going to change! My legacy will not be “She was tired!” I’m excited about our journey ahead together. Surprises to come!
Don’t know how to create or find the stories or tell them & archive them for generations to come? The Family Storyteller system StoryFrames, training & community coming soon. Be your family Storyteller. Tell the stories that matter & they will endure for generations."
#familyiseverything#lifeisgood#familystoryteller#familystorytelling#ancestry#genealogy#storytelling#storytellers#familylegacy#deathanddying#yourlegendstartshere#yourlegendstartsnow#ancestrydna#familystories#grief#griefrecovery#estateplanning#preplanning#familytree#familylegacyjournalprompt via @thelegacyarchivist http://bit.ly/2uf9jV8
Day 19/100 of the #100dayproject
While on a trip to Newport Beach in 2013, James and I were riding our bikes when we just happened to ride by a church that looked familiar to James. We pulled over, and he realized it was the same church he had visited when he was a young boy.
James’ Uncle Wally was the artist who did the mosaic work on the outside of the church. We had fun looking at Wally’s artwork, just like James did when he was a boy. You can even see Wally’s signature still there!
Hooray and yay! ☺️ We are beyond excited and honoured that a lot of you already decided to make your little ones happy with our personalized Hooray Heroes books! And we started only 24 hours ago!🎉🎉🎉 Thank you for all your support! ♥️
You are more than welcome to see all of our book shelves at www.hoorayheroes.com! ♥️
Laura Margaret Gordon~(1905-1978) 1st cousin twice removed. She was the oldest daughter of Dr. Reverdy Johnson Gordon (son of Wellington Gordon and Laura Amonett and brother to our great grandfather) and Myrtle Brown, born in Ninnekah, Oklahoma-then Indian Territory. Reverdy was hard to find as he was in Territory and it does not seem he was talked of much in the family. Her mother was considered 1/4 Choctaw on the 1910 census and was thus a member of the Five Civilized Tribes which may explain this. In 1906 Laura is considered 5/32 blood because the Federal Government seemed very intent on tracking these things...After Reverdy died in 1918, the small family moved into town and on all future census rolls listed themselves as white. Laura was a twin, but her brother John lived less than a day and later she had a younger sister, Helen. Laura appears to have supported the family as an elementary school teacher as Myrtle did not remarry and although Helen did marry, she soon became divorced and came home with a baby son named Gordon.
The people who have similar humor as you have and understands you without speaking a thing to them, and loves you by insulting you, be connected even if they're far from you. And do anything for them except dying 😋.#bloodgang#familystories @sagar_123l @nahsor99
рано или поздно все станет понятно, все станет на свои места и выстроится в единую красивую схему, как кружева.. станет понятно, зачем все было нужно, потому что все будет правильно
Day 18/100 of the #100dayproject
On a trip to southern Spain we took a day trip into Morocco. I loved going to the market in Tangier. The colors were so vibrant! It was exciting to be in Africa, and I would definitely like to go back someday and explore other areas!