I grew up in a home rich with family heritage. My mom loved genealogy and knew how to breathe life into dusty documents and color to faded black and white photos - my mom told me stories.
As a grown woman with five children of my own, I've tried to do the same. For years I did it through scrapbooking. But it didn't take long to realize that it wasn't my artistic skills my children really cared about. They never stopped on a page and said, "Mom, you matched that paper to my shirt - perfectly!" Nope. What they did say as they leaned across my lap, pointing at photos is, "Tell me the story!" "Tell me mom about the day I was born... Tell me mom about the day I cried when everyone sang me happy birthday... Tell me mom about my grandma and her garden..."
Don't worry if you haven't done it forever, just start today. The consistency and cumulative effect of one good question - just sharing one story a day, adds up.
So thrilled to visit with Al Fox, her amazing husband Ben Carraway and even sweet Gracie.
I was there! RootsTech 2015 was one for the record books - over 28,000 people attended a family history conference like no other. Proving, if you don't think Family History is FUN - chance are, you haven't done Family History, or you haven't had FUN!
I don't live in a musical – how about you?
I love musicals. Damsels break into song, with perfectly choreographed back-up from their friends, guys can dance (I mean, really dance) and carry you away on perfectly blended notes. Life's most mundane moments burst into excitement with detergent boxes that high kick and furry forest animals that finish your chores.
Life in a musical would be great, wouldn’t it.
Some quick, easy, ideas for gifts that express your love for family, story and traditions.
Ok, just because you didn't get your decorations up before Halloween and your shopping done in July, (with those last minute deals picked up on Black Friday) doesn't mean you've missed Christmas. Yes, I promise, in spite of what retailers would like us to believe.
Of all the things on my Christmas wish list, Peace, is what I want the most... and I think I've finally found it!
At this time of year, most of us love the idea of traditions. But sometimes, its hard to see the things you do as anything really special that will endure as a tradition with your own family. If you've ever worried about that - we have a simple solution.
Jump start your Thanksgiving table talk with some great Story Starter questions. That way, there will be no talking turkey – just some fun chit chat that will leave everyone feeling full – figuratively and literally!
You don't have to try so hard
You don't have to bend until you break
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don't have to change a single thing
Take your make up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don't you like you?
Cause I like you
(Colbie Caillat Try Lyrics)