The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 04 – Favourite Seasons

My Favorite Season is Fall.  I love this time of year.  The temperatures have dropped and I can stand to be outside.  There is an air of expectation as everyone goes back to school and summer draws to a close.  The “Boys of Fall” are beginning to play their football games.

The holiday season is approaching.  It is a time for family and friends. I love watching the leaves change and the autumn flowers appearing:  the cascades of mums appearing at every doorstep, the Halloween displays with the bales of hay and scarecrows and the ghosts and bats appearing in the neighborhood trees.

I love the readying for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  The Turkey and Pilgrim decorations, the recipes appearing in every newspaper and website and facebook stream, then the sales and decorations for Chirstmas with the lights, trees, and Santas!

I love the holiday gatherings with family and friends.  I love the traditions of keeping the traditions of the family alive for the new generation!  Fall denotes the mix of happiness and anticipation of happiness as well as the love of heritage and tradition!

 


 

The prompt for week 4 is Favourite Season (s)

Why?

A Happy Memory.

Close your eyes and imagine your favourite season – write down what you see, feel, hear.

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 03 – Physical Self

This is a photo of me taken in 2009 at Christmas time.  I usually keep my hair in the same style.  I typically wear clothes in the style shown here.  This is me!

Kellie Christmas 2008


 

The prompt for week 3 is

Describe your physical self.

  • Your size – clothes size
  • Scars
  • Eye colour
  • Draw your hands
  • Finger Prints

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 02 – Your Birth

This is my earliest known photo!  Aren’t I a cute little baby?!
My Baby Photo
I was born at Washington General Hospital Hospital in January 1969.  I am told that it was a cold snowy morning and that they had trouble getting to the hospital because of the snow.
I was 7 pounds and 2 ounces and 20 1/4 inches long.  I was born on Friday night at 8:16 pm.
I don’t know who was actually at the hospital other than my parents but I know that after my mom was released from the hospital a few days after my birth that my great grandmother Venna Stansell Thompson stayed with my parents to help them for the first few days as they got accustomed to being new parents.  The first night they put me to bed and then they all went to bed.  The next morning my great-grandmother woke up my dad and had him come and look at me.  Apparently, I hadn’t woken up during the night and she was afraid that I had died during the night.  I had just mastered the important skill of sleeping through the night!

 


 

The prompt for week 2 is Your Birth

  • Do you have any baby photos?
  • Where were you born?
  • Who was present at your birth?
  • Dimensions?
  • What day was it? Time?
  • Did you have hair? Eye colours
  • Are you a twin?

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 01 – Who Are You?

  1. I am a voracious reader
  2. I am an aunt
  3. I am a sister
  4. I am a genealogist
  5. I am a cost accountant
  6. I am a friend
  7. I am an animal lover
  8. I am an optimist
  9. I am a pessimist
  10. I am a criminology enthusiast
  11. I am a crocheter
  12. I am a knitter
  13. I am a mystery movie lover
  14. I am a romantic
  15. I am a cousin
  16. I am a family history researcher
  17. I am a blogger
  18. I am a cook
  19. I am a computer enthusiast
  20. I am a website designer
  21. I am a person
  22. I am a scrapbooker
  23. I am an amateur photographer
  24. I am an enthusiastic but not particularly successful gardener
  25. I am a crafter

 

The prompt for week 1 is a recognized psychology test

  1. Ask yourself 20 times “Who are you?”

Each time you should give yourself a different answer, and if you can easily go beyond 20 then that is fine too. The last time I did this (December 2012) I came up with 26. This is the sort of prompt that you can re do at various stages of your life, perhaps after some changes or at the start of the New Year.

This prompt is about how YOU see YOU.

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #52 – Advice

My advice to future generations, including my niece and nephews, is to live each day as if it were your last! Not to be afraid to take chances but instead to embrace the challenges that life throws our way.

Life is a series of choices. Try to make each choice considering what you think will make you happy with the knowledge you have at the time and not spend time looking back rethinking each choice later. You can only do the best you can do and go on with your life. Don’t waste our precious time on earth with regrets and worry. I know this will come as shock to those who know me because they will know that I tend to worry about everything but I am trying to stop that and to follow my own advice! That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reconsider things but don’t waste time on the regrets and rethinking. Make a choice to change things with the knowledge you have now and move on again!

I try to live my life with this prayer in mind each day:

Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference! That last part is often the hardest part – determining what can and cannot be changed but I ask each day for God’s guidance!

I also remember often my favorite quote:

And I, I took the road less traveled by … and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost

My life may not have taken the path I thought it would when I was a little girl but it has taken my life path. I try each day to thank the Lord for the blessings of my life and not waste time on the what ifs.. Because if I had chosen one of the what ifs then I wouldn’t have the blessings I now have! I may not know the reason’s for my life’s path but I know who chose the path for me and that there is a reason for that path. Someday I will know the answers when I meet the one who designs the paths.

And just a thought or two for any interested in genealogy research, as far as I know now, we aren’t closely related to any kings, queens, royalty, or other public or wealthy people. We apparently come from a long line of farmers, ministers, and ordinary people who live their lives in very ordinary ways: occasionally serving their country in the military, serving God in the church, and providing love, food, and shelter to their families.


 

Week #52 – Advice

Week 52. Advice. Do you have any advice for future generations who may be researching your family? For example, was there a name change or a significant relocation in your past? This is intended to be a very flexible question. Answer it any way you wish.

This challenge runs from Saturday, December 24, 2011 through Friday, December 30, 2011.


 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.