In a way, the declining health of my parents and my husband’s parents has had a beneficial effect because it has motivated me to sit down and enter family information that has been accumulating and languishing for years in folders and envelopes.
Yes, it would have been better to do it before, but everyday family demands, homeschooling, and my freelance job were more than enough. Now that the children are older and more self-directed in their work I have started using this “spare” time to enter what I have; I want to be able to quickly send it off for feedback, further information, or whatever I can learn.
We plan to visit my in-laws soon and I wish to be able to give the gift of a collection of what I have so far. Because of the geographic distance between us, I cannot be as involved in his family as the others; I am also not the best daughter-in-law in the family and I hope to do something to give something truly valuable back to the family who has given me such a wonderful man. This should spark conversation and help me fill in even more blanks, giving me the chance to make their history even more complete.
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