This week I'll be sharing stories, new designs and fun stuff related to family.
A few months ago I was able to visit my Great Uncle Murray while I was at the trade show in Orlando. He is the last living sibling of my maternal grandfather.
Growing up we would travel to my mother's hometown of Kissimmee, Florida for a family reunion every 4th of July. My memories are filled with dirt roads, capturing frogs, fishing, sulphur water, sweet tea and trips to Disneyworld.
My uncle Murray had been my Grandfather's partner in their construction business. After retirement my uncle tried his hand at Bee Keeping for a short time. When he quit that pursuit, he laughingly told me when he took up the hobby he didn't realize he'd be old in his retirement. Instead he started to research our family history. He and my great Aunt traveled all around the southern states collecting tidbits of our history.
In my early 20's, years after we stopped traveling to Florida as a family. I continued to travel there on my own to visit with my cousins, granparents and aunts and uncles. Each trip I would look forward to spending time with Uncle Murray hearing about the latest family treasure he had uncovered. A distant cousin found, a family portrait of a great uncle twice removed and images of gravestones from relatives that had fought in the civil war.
On one of the trips he had a present for me, that I treasure to this day. It is a detailed family tree and binder filled with images of great grandparents, census reports, documents of house sales and wills. My children have used it in each and every history report and lesson in grammar school. Thanks to my Uncle Murray our history is detailed back to the American revolutionary war.
Nikolas just shared a letter from a great, great, great, great uncle during his "visit" to the 1850's. It was written to his great great great grandfather and detailed his travels and intrigues all written in beautiful penmanship I could only imagine writing it with a quill pen.
The stories are what I treasure the most. While I visited with Uncle Murray and Aunt Agnes in January we laughed and retold a few of our favorite stories for the hundredth time.
As the special today. I give you the gift and reminder of time. Time to be with family. Time to be present for your family. Time to be patient with family. Time to give someone a call or a visit. Make it a priority and reach out to someone you are missing. Someone you've lost touch with.