Sunday, November 07, 2010

The Past, the Present, and the Future

This weekend I had a fantastic time reminiscent of Ebenezer Scrooge, who has a very unfortunate name. Seriously? Ebenezer Scrooge? Yikes.

The Past

I had the opportunity to wave a direct descendant card and view some original documents and a journal that was written by my great, great grandfather in the 1850s. While I didn't actually take notes or read much from it, I loved the chance I had to see the originals. Sometimes I like to go on tours of my own life, of who I am and where I came from. There is no organized tour group to take me from location to location about my personal family history, so I get to make my own. If you've never done that, you should try it sometime. It's like historical geocaching. I just made up that term. Use it. Make it popular.

Some of the papers I decided not to touch much. It was really brittle and clearly very, very delicate. The journal, on the other hand, was still in great condition. I read a little bit of it and turned some pages. I like to see what people were doing on my birthday years and years before my birth. It was a Sunday (incidentally, I was also born on a Sunday), and there was much snow on that morning. It was a cold, late spring. He "preached" at a church meeting, which my father also did on the day I was born.

My great, great grandfather had excellent handwriting. His cursive was flawless. It's beautiful to see flawless cursive, especially since we use computers so much these days. I hope the next generation doesn't lose the ability to read cursive, even though I do think that printing is a better standard. I could tell that there had been some restoration done on the journal, and it made me really appreciate the work that people go through to restore documents of my personal history. The people who do this don't even necessarily know the value of those documents to an individual, so I appreciate that they work on it for me without knowing me or others who will find the documents to be valuable.

The Present (and Presents for Dub)

My sister Dub got married. I have a new brother-in-law! I'll have to come up with a good name for him for my blog if I ever talk about him on here. Suggestions? Anyway, the ceremony was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and it was so great to be around my family. I am really happy for my sister, my new brother-in-law, and for my family. I am also glad to not wear those shoes anymore. Some heels just don't work for me, I guess.

I love spending time with my relatives. My immediate family is awesome. My extended family is so fun to be around. I am so thankful for my family. I am so blessed to have them in my present. I learn a lot from all of them, and I really think it was so good for me to have been born in such a unique and interesting family. I occasionally find myself counting down the days or the hours until I get to hang out with them.

The Future

We also celebrated the birth of a new nephew! Well, the birth happened a while ago, but my new nephew was blessed at church today. It was really great to be around my family for that and to contemplate my adorable nephews and nieces and the possibility that the future holds for them. It will be interesting to see what each child chooses for his or her life. It's amazing to think of the changes that have occurred in the world in my lifetime, and I can't comprehend what will happen in their lifetimes.

I currently have 14 nieces and nephews, and that number will change to 15 by the end of this year. When we all get together, craziness ensues, but I love, love, love it. The cuteness and hilarity is all worth it. Hooray for family!

So, what did YOU do this weekend? Did anyone else have a Scrooge-like weekend?


banana said...

woot woot for family.

KieraAnne said...

I think you should call him know Dub spelled backwards? Or maybe Mr. Dub. ;) If you think 14 is crazy, I have 19 neices and nephews on Patricks side (making 22 kids total when you add ours in) two pregnant sisters-in-law, so soon there will be 24 kids when we get together...insane! ;) I liked your past, present, and future slant on your story though. Very nice. :)

Anonymous said...

I want to play!... but I'm not sure if I can make anything fit into your scrooge triad... let me try...

I also recently spent some time with family. A couple days ago, my brother and his wife and children stayed with me for a couple of days. Their two youngest remind me of my brother and myself when we were young. I especially relate to the youngest - because of her blonde hair and eagerness to follow her brother's lead. Watching them play was like watching a reality TV show of my childhood.

On Friday I had the awesome experience of hosting my friends and the missionaries for dinner and gospel discussions. The other week, this friend (who had expected to be bombarded by missionaries after her arrival in Mormon country, but wasn't) asked, "Why haven't the missionaries come to our house?" Uh... that can be arranged! :D Actually, they came to my house, but in a couple weeks we're going to their house. I share this story in the "present" section, because I learned something about being a member missionary. When she had to practically beg for missionaries to visit them, I though I had been a horrible member missionary... but then I realized that that is what it's all about... building relationships. She felt comfortable asking me! And that makes me happy. And it encourages me to continue to build relationships with people... in the present... in the now.

Ah, yes, the future. I also have a new nephew! He makes an even dozen for me. I spent part of the weekend at his house, and at one point had full responsibility over this little newborn and his almost-three-year-old sister. WOW! What a handful... and really, everything was going smoothly... it was just that hard. And it made me think, "THIS is what I want to do?! I want to be a mother? I can hardly go 15 minutes with these two little ones without feeling completely inept." I mean, seriously, I went through about 4 diapers in about that amount of time alone. Sheesh. But, yeah... it is what I want to do. And I'm glad for those moments of ineptitude that give me perspective and teach me faith.

Wow, do you think I should post some of my own blog posts a little more often, so I don't have to unload on your pages? :D

julie said...

Awesome post! And, I love Sarah's contribution. Here's mine:

My grandma passed away last month and with her death, a huge part of my childhood disappeared. Sitting in her backyard with Steve, I recounted dozens of stories of times when I played there with cousins or chats with grandma. My past, present, and future are better because of the presence of my grandma in my life.

I'm so utterly happy, it's ridiculous. I don't love my job and I miss my family and friends, but all of that is overshadowed by the complete and joyful love I have for Steve. Being with him, loving him, and being loved by him is my present and hopefully my...

He's buying a house and we're moving into it together. I don't know when we're getting married, but it's definitely going to happen. He says he knows when he's going to propose but he wants it to be a surprise (so do I). He's the one I want to grow old with, possibly raise children with. I can't imagine my future without him in it.

That's it. Oh, and I like Kiera's suggestion about calling Dub's hubby Bud.

tearese said...

My big long comment was lost.

Cardine said...

Rewrite it? Please? I really have enjoyed the long comments.

Also, I think Bud is brilliant!