Interview with Al Fox Carraway: We all have something in commonWritten by Carol Rice
So thrilled to visit with Al Fox, her amazing husband Ben Carraway and even sweet Gracie.
Visiting with Al Fox at RootsTech 2015 was as great as you might imagine it would be. She had her family with her, I had mine, and we all had some fun. Her, and her husband Ben are down to earth and on fire with sharing their story and love for the gospel as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Listen in for one of my favorite things Al said when I asked, "What would you say to everyone that might be afraid to tell their story?"
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.
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