Santa’s Blunder

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My favorite reindeer – Jaxon 2017

Earlier this month, my daughter and I squeezed in a mother-daughter chat, which can sometimes be quite difficult with her busy schedule of raising seven children.  We have always tried to call at least once a week with extra calls here and there, and with messages and photos sent on Facebook to help bridge the miles between us.  Although she moved home to Colorado, we still have over 200 miles that separate us. Continue reading “Santa’s Blunder”

The Royal Gorge Bridge

Near Canon City, Colorado, the Royal Gorge Bridge sits on a 360 acre parcel of land that attracts tourists from around the world.  This bridge crosses a gorge that is over 950 feet above the Arkansas River.  Until 2001, this bridge was the highest bridge in the world.  Continue reading “The Royal Gorge Bridge”

Motherhood — All for Family

“How dare he! Marvayle at my weaknesse, does he?” She fumed once she fled to the safety of her room. “Men call it a weaknesse when a woman uses common sense to measure what is best for a family.”

Amidst rolling hills, Dorset, England appeared to be a tranquil village in the middle years of the seventeenth century. Sheep grazed on green landscapes, and fields of flax and hemp blew softly along the countryside. Fisherman journeyed to open waters along the Dorset Coast, looking for a day’s catch of cod. Ship builders created vessels to use on the open seas. Around the village, production took place as crafters made rope and cloth. Still, uncertainty bubbled about this small community. As pious arguments emerged between churchgoers, villagers longed to escape religious doctrine. Others desired new lands as the hamlet’s population increased, and as crops failed, for now work was hard to come by. Continue reading “Motherhood — All for Family”

My Tales — A Writing Challenge to Preserve Family Memories

Who wants to preserve family memories for those who follow in our footsteps?

As I reflect on this past year of my writing challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, I have a sense of pride and a sense of accomplishment. For once this challenge ends, I will have 52+ stories about my family. Through this writing adventure, I have discovered so much about my ancestors and even a little about myself, and I really hate to see it end!   So I have created a new writing challenge for 2018, but this time, I believe writers should also include more personal narratives to add their family history. To keep me moving forward on this journey, I have started a new writing challenge called My Tales. It would be fun to have family bloggers join in with this writing adventure. Who is with me?

Every month, I will place some new themes to write about to keep our family stories alive. In addition, I will include some personal ideas for personal narratives to include with our family tales. Each week, I will post a page to share your stories, and keep favorite memories alive for those who follow in our footsteps. To find information about this writing challenge, just check the sidebar category list, 1. My Tales on my home page.

One thing I have discovered is that I have found some new blogging friends who have offered support and encouragement as I have shared my family tales. So let’s keep our writing adventures alive as we share them others who enjoy sharing and preserving family stories and traditions.

Just Keep Writing,

Annie

January Themes

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