My family member, who was in such peril, is now on the mend and doing much better. Together we’re looking forward to some Stampede fun, heading to the mountains for a couple of day trips, and simply chilling on the patio with a drink in hand. Oh, and playing with the new addition to the family … a three-month-old Sh’Borkie (Shizu/Bichon Frise/Yorkie) named Rusty. (Cute as a button and spoiled rotten, I’m guessing …)
Speaking of family … a day trip to Edmonton will see us meeting some second cousins for the first time … all because of a common interest in unravelling the family tree and understanding the loose ties that bind.
I’ve already done a significant amount of research on our mutual ancestors, and having no children I am thrilled to be able to share it with relations who are interested in what makes this family tick.
When I was full tilt into doing my genealogy I loved to discover who my forebears were and uncover their stories, many of which were passed down through the generations in letters and by word of mouth. As well, there are a few ancestral families whose stories are quite well documented due to their involvement in the American Revolution (as United Empire Loyalists) and their settling of parts of Upper Canada following that conflict.
To know that my research has not been done in vain and that others in the family whom I have never met are willing to be its custodians and even build upon it does my heart good.
Yes, Alberta is calling, and I’m hoping to return home with my creativity once again intact.
Featured image: Three Sisters in the Rocky Mountains at Canmore, Alberta.
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