I was so honored to be invited to participate in a Sacred Summer Series of posts with some wonderful writers I’ve had the opportunity to meet through my work with Multiply Goodness. You can find the previous posts in the series here, here, here and here.
My husband loves family history. He knows the all the important stories from his family and he is the keeper of the historical family photos, as well as the most recent photos. He meticulously scans and saves and labels all of them across numerous hard drives. I smile and encourage him, but I don’t directly get involved.
Family history is just one of those things that I’ve associated with the past. People that have gone on before. I’ve never considered that it was a sacred endeavor that I should be involved in, and one that I should deliberately work on with my children until hearing this quote recently:
“Did you ever think that while you’re raising your children…that you’re actually creating family history? You’re putting an eternal puzzle together piece by piece.”
– Linda K. Burton
I’m no puzzle expert – in fact, the only time I’ve managed to successfully put a jigsaw puzzle together was when I was working with a partner and each of us focused on specific areas of the puzzle. With that in mind, I realized that I could and should be involved with family history. So this summer, we’re working together and focusing on two specific parts of our eternal family puzzle – discovering family history and making family history.
Discovering Family History | Family History PowerPoint Presentations
This year, my son’s adorable 2nd grade teacher taught the kids how to do PowerPoint presentations. Once my son finished and presented his first PowerPoint deck, he was immediately hooked on the program and the process.
One of the best ways to learn something is to teach it, so we have the goal this summer for each family member to create and present a short PowerPoint on an ancestor. We’ll work together on the research and finding photos and stories, but I’m hoping it will be a great way for my son in particular to really get to know more about his heritage.
Creating Family History | Making Deliberate Family Memories
“You are doing family history as you create memories with your children.”
– Linda K. Burton
This is the idea I’m the most excited about.
As my children grow, it’s shocking how many of their little personality quirks and sayings just slip from my mind undocumented. We had an opportunity recently to preserve one of those personality quirks with a family memory we created.
When we visit our family in Utah, my four year old daughter always calls out when she sees the block “Y” on the mountain above the campus of Brigham Young University, “There’s Daddy’s Y!” (Daddy wears a lot of BYU shirts. 🙂 ) It’s adorable. You can’t convince her that it’s anyone’s “Y” but her daddy’s.
On this most recent visit to Utah, we were walking across the BYU campus after picking up my oldest son from a basketball camp, and Lauren saw the “Y” on the mountain and repeatedly yelled as we walked that she saw Daddy’s “Y”! To change the subject slightly, my husband and I mentioned that you can climb a trail on the mountain and go see the “Y” close up. Well, both children were suddenly very excited about the idea. So we got up early, battled our altitude sickness (We live in Texas. Altitude sickness is real.), and hiked to that Y. The kids were thrilled. My husband and I were sore, but thrilled. And I’ll forever have this memory of my little family sitting on that “Y” in their new BYU shirts and grinning from ear to ear that we had done something hard, but really fun. And that we had done it together. Making another little entry in our family’s family history.
How do you make family history come to life in your family? I’d love to hear more ideas in the comments!