“The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.”
David and Lydia are my grandmothers great great grandparents.
Days before she passed away 10 years ago, My grandma give me this family tree that dates back to 1801.
With so much going on at the time, I brought the papers home and put them in a safe place (lost) and forgot about them.
I found them recently and I can't tell you the pleasure of reading and researching these names have brought me.
(I just finished adding to the tree and my girls make the 7th generation.)
Having no close family left, I often wonder who I am like, where I came from, and this simple piece of paper brought me a true sense of belonging.
On the outside, I am a small lone tree reaching for the sky.
My branches hover over my daughters and my husband offering love and protection.
I sometimes bend and sway in the storm..
but below the surface,
knowing that I have heritage deep in my roots,
helps to keep me strong and sturdy.
Getting to know these wonderful people and reading their stories
makes me want to be a better person.
Earl is my great grandpa,
He passed away 40 years ago.. just a month after I was born.
Ezry and Sallie were my grandmother's grandparents.
I am guessing that my grandma was named after her grandma.
And my Sally was named after my grandma..
That makes me happy!
This is my grandma and grandpa.
Two of the greatest loves of my life!
I contacted the cemetery where many of my grandma's ancestors are buried and they sent me the burial records and a map to find them.
One of the things on my fall bucket list is to visit the different cemeteries and pay my respects to the family who lived before me.
was the perfect day to visit my grandparents cemetery.
We brought them a fresh bouquet of fall flowers and brought a fresh loaf of bread for the geese.
I love their busy little feet.
Several grandparents had brought their grands out to feed the geese and ducks.
The kids excitement was fun to watch!
This is truly one of my favorite ways to spend these beautiful fall days.
I hope that you all had a great Saturday too!!
Happy first day of Fall!