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Aging Gracefully…

Here is a poem found in the comments section of a Conservative Treehouse post here:

Wednesday January 31st – Open Thread

that I wanted to be able to access & share.  I’m not a grandparent (yet) but can relate to many of the described changes.  Blessings!

  • dogsmaw says:

    Ill have the stuff in the green bottle….cause its a celebration…

    “Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
    You registered on WordPress.com 2 years ago.
    Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.”

    So I will share with you 😛

    A MEMORIAL TO THE GIRLS AT  “Hillcrester’s OverTheHill”

    Just because we are a little “over the hill” does not mean we have “crested” now…or ever will.

    It means we have “matured” just a little bit, with perhaps a slight advantage in humor and wit.

    Our energy has lessened, but our hearts have grown. The plants have been harvested from the “oats” we have sown.

    Our bodies are softer, and a bit saggier, too, but when it comes to Grand parenting, we could out-do most of you.

    Our muscles have shifted to a new hemisphere. What used to go North, is now South, or in the “Rear.”

    We have a few more wrinkles…that can’t be “ironed” out. It’s harder to “hear” what everyone else is talking about.

    But our interest in “life” is ever increasing. Our minds are more “open” to “accepting” and “releasing.”

    We stop more to observe the flowers…and things. We eat a bit more chocolate…because we have found it is “nurturing.”

    We have left our footprints, in the sands of time, a path for some to follow; others to decline.

    Sometimes it was hard…getting up that Hill. The winding road was full of chills and thrills.

    But now as we look over the exquisite view, we have a new perspective to share with all of you…
    Live more fully…Laugh more heartily…Take more chances…Hug more freely…Love without limits…and Dance like there’s no one watching!

    written by
    An Over the Hill’er,

Family History Center Fun

While on a recent trip Up North, in Gaylord, Michigan I was privileged to get some Genealogy Time in at the local Family History Center and got to play around with a fun website (see below).  You can find a “local” Family History Center here and get free & friendly help with your own genealogical “games”:

https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator

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During my Gaylord FHC endeavor the lovely lady currently running this FHC introduced me to a very fun little free tool, that anyone can actually access.  This is actually RelativeFinder.org and is hosted by BYU (Brigham Young University), I believe.  Although this tool has been available for at least a year (see the below article for details) this is the first I’d ever heard of it…and it was actually quite fun to play with.

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FamilySearch.org is a great Genealogical Website, it offers many free genealogy services and gives you the ability to create a family tree online, and to access many available records and link them to your family tree.  If you have a family tree at FamilySearch.org then you can sign in to the RelativeFinder tool using your FamilySearch log-in info & find relatives via your existing tree.  If you don’t have a family tree (or you want to search for relatives for a specific person in your tree) you can go to family trees in family search and see if you can locate a known ancestor of yours in someone else’s tree.  If you find the correct person you can copy their unique identifying number & paste it into the “masquerade” function of RelativeFinder here:

https://relativefinder.org/#/masquerade

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I honestly don’t know if you can use RelativeFinder.org without a FamilySearch login, but you can “join” FamilySearch for free and then see what happens.  The masquerade link above explains where the identifying number can be found in a FamilySearch family tree…so hopefully anyone can have fun with this with just a bit of effort.  Obviously the further back in time you can take your personal family tree the greater the likelihood of finding “cousin” matches with this fun website…

Blessed is the family who delights in the Word of the Lord and meditates on it day and night.  The family will be like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding fruit in its season.  Psalm 1

I plan to use some of the RelativeFinder results to pique the interest of other family members who are less enthusiastic about Genealogy than I am.  Since there are a number of intriguing categories available you are likely to find some sub-set of (available) humanity to pique your own interest…and you never know, you just might get bitten by that pesky genealogy bug & join this legion of enthusiastic “infectees”…but be warned, once bitten there is no proven or lasting cure!

Quotes and Sayings About Family | FAMILY Be thankful Always Forgive Share Respect one Another...

 

https://familysearch.org/blog/en/relative-finder-big-family-cousins/

Well I’m going to have to get back to this posting with an Edit after I can get to a computer with less pop-up blocking so that I can post a couple of examples to potentially whet your appetite…for instance, my husband is a First Cousin to William Shakespeare, though many generations removed!

Happy Hunting!

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PS all images are from various Bing.com image searches

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Creative artistry captured timelessly…Love it!

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I’m just starting to go through and upload my photos from the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. This is my 10th year of shooting and it was one of the best. It is so much fun. Street photography is always about humanity and the Mermaid Parade is the coolest parade in NYC and a whole lotta fun. This is number 1, the first and only processed yet! – 17 June 2017.

2017 Coney Island Mermaid Parade - 1

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Parenting Blogger Emily Austin on Turning a Hobby into a Full-Time Job — Discover

Emily Austin on the evolution of her parenting blog, The Waiting, and her growth as a blogger.

via Parenting Blogger Emily Austin on Turning a Hobby into a Full-Time Job — Discover

I’m no where near ready to take most of this advice, but it’s definitely food for thought!