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Chromosome Painting & Unexpected Heritage

I am completely fascinated with family history, DNA, and ancestry. It dawned on me once that little pieces of our ancestors are all inside of us, making up who we are today. Whether you believe in cellular memory, or simply evolutionary changes, either way the experiences of our ancestors shaped who we are today in some fashion. Not to mention culture–the culture of families that has been passed down through many generations, folk lore, physical traits. Who were these people? Why...

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It’s 12:45 and the contractor still has not appeared. Good thing I got up early, got fully dressed, and got the kids breakfast, then cleaned up so we would be all ready at 9:30 when he said he would arrive to start demolition. grumble A quick text letting me know they would be later than anticipated would be very much appreciated. Contrary to popular belief I do not live to sit at home and wait on someone to show up whenever...

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The 102 Year Old Love Letter.

Last night Rosie was running down the stairs on her way to grab a bottle of water before getting in bed. She came back a few minutes later very upset. She was scared I would be mad because on her way down the stairs she tapped the decorative wooden ball on the top of a stair railing post…and the thing fell off with a crash. The circular thing on top was what she knocked off. They’re nailed on, but since they’re...

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Visit to Granny’s House.

Waiting is hard.  I’m still waiting for everything–for Tyler to get hired on, to be able to move, to ever get pregnant again, and now for K to get here, to see what happens with hosting and adoption. All of the waiting really gets me down.  I feel like I am in control of absolutely nothing.  Because, well, I’m not in control of any of these things.  I can’t make any of it happen faster, or happen the way I want.  I just have...

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#VikingPrincessFail

I have been having so much fun researching my family history. It started with my grandfather when I was in middle school.  I spent an entire summer going to different places, talking to different elderly people, and researching family history.  That was before the ease of the internet. A few months ago I used a free trial from ancestry.com to compare our handwritten notes and research further.  Geeze, the internet really has linked family history together to make it super easy! I discovered one branch of...

Ada’s Love Letters: #5 (Nov. 15 1873) 0

Ada’s Love Letters: #5 (Nov. 15 1873)

I thought it might be time to share another letter from William to his beloved Ada.  (You can see all of the letters here, just scroll to the bottom to find the first one.) This is the last letter Ada saved from him for quite a while.  The next letter is dated 1876.  There’s no record of what passed during those years between 1873 and 1876, but by the next letter you can tell a lot has changed between them. This letter...

Ada’s Love Letters: #3 & #4 (Oct. 26-27 1873) 0

Ada’s Love Letters: #3 & #4 (Oct. 26-27 1873)

I often try to imagine what life would have been like a hundred years ago, when a distance of 10 miles was a long journey.  What was it like to not be able to just pick up the phone and call someone, or drive right over to their house?  Not knowing if they are sick or happy or sad, or if they are even thinking of you as much as you are thinking of them. It reminds me of a soldier away...