Friday, January 13, 2017

The Roots of an Old Soul



"We are the chosen. My feelings are, in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know, and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe (family).
All tribes (families) have one. We have been called as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: TELL OUR STORY.  So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find oursleves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do? It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and the indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in and giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.
It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers. That, is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones."  THE STORY TELLERS, Author Unknown

I didn't write the above. . .Wish I had. . .It's the best explanation of myself that I have read. . .ever. . .




I AM an OLD SOUL. . .That's the first truth. . .I am also the family KEEPER OF STORIES. . .You have witnessed that yourself in my last six years of posts! . . .Put these two together and you have the makings of an amazing CHRISTMAS JOURNEY into the world of MY ANCESTORS.




I only learned about six months ago that I am descended from several of the FIRST FAMILIES OF VIRGINIA. . .the earliest arriving around 1629. . .They came to establish tobacco PLANTATIONS throughout Virginia. . .some with land grants from the CROWN. . .They rubbed elbows with GOVERNORS Berkeley, Spotswood, Dunmore. . .WASHINGTON. . .JEFFERSON. . .and all the FOUNDING FATHERS. . .They were on the cutting edge of the new BRITISH COLONY and then of the new NATION called this UNITED STATES. . .




I knew nothing of this last year. . .Surely you can imagine what this means to an OLD SOUL. . .and the family KEEPER OF STORIES. . .and how thrilled I was when John offered to take me back to COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG for two amazing weeks to visit with my 389 year old relatives. . .In fact, the week of Christmas we actually stayed at my 7th Great Uncle's POWHATAN PLANTATION. . .










We worshiped in the CHURCH of several ancestors. . .










and visited with friends and family from the PAST. . .and from the PRESENT. . .






















By the time we traveled across Virginia for an additional week, I was simply bursting with EMOTIONS. . .and I gathered enough STORIES to keep me busy for a while. . .It was a trip that I will never forget. . .a trip that put flesh on the bones of all those Virginia ANCESTORS. . .and made them come ALIVE again. . .

By HEARING THEIR STORIES. . .I found the ROOTS of this OLD SOUL. . .




. . .from my Past to your Present. . .




Thursday, January 5, 2017

Back to Normal--Almost




Whee. . .What a Holiday Season we had! 
I'm still glowing inside and out. . .I, for one, would like to continue the Holidays though the entire WINTER. . .but there comes a time when the decorations need to come down and be packed up with an eye for our next Christmas. . .which is exactly what I've been doing these last few days. . .Putting the EVERYDAY SIMPLE touches back into our FARMHOUSE. . .




I do hope you had an extraordinary Holiday. . .For my Christmas, John took me back to Virginia. . .by way of Kentucky. . .so that I could visit with my fellow blogger and dear friend CINDY of  the OLD TIME FARMHOUSE. . .We hadn't seen each other for a couple of years. . .You can imagine how we talked non-stop. . .Poor John didn't have a chance. . .


Then it was on to Virginia, where we stayed for almost three weeks. . .We spent time with our families--John's daughter and her family. . .and my 300+ year old family. . .(I'll tell you more about that later). . .It was the best Christmas we've had in years. . .
When I asked John what we were doing for my up-coming birthday. . .his reply was. . .
"Whatever it is, I can't top this!" 





I'm anxious to apply some of the Virginia inspiration to our WINTER FARMHOUSE DECOR. . .
I've already begun. . .as you see. . .but I have many more JUNKIN' FINDS to incorporate. . .I'd forgotten how motivated a person can get just by visiting another part of our country. . .





Now. . .I'm INSPIRED. . .I'm MOTIVATED. . .and. . .most of all. . .
I'M BACK!!!!
 and ready to get this NEW YEAR started. . .


 . . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .
 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Angels--First Fire--Christmas Carol



 I've been hearing this grand old Christmas Carol in my head for days now. . .

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!




Then it became a HUM. . .




and the Hum became a SONG. . .



 
Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?



Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!


 With ANGELIC INSPIRATION, I began to bring 
 LIGHT to our FARMHOUSE Keeping Room. . .




while our FIRST FIRE of the WINTER made it
More FESTIVE. . .More ROMANTIC. . .
More CHRISTMAS-Y. . .
 Sending even more LIGHT throughout the room. . .

 
 


Bringing to mind how. . .one STARRY Christmas night. . .

the LIGHT OF THE WORLD. . .came down to live among us. . .







And. . .the ANGELS SANG. . .






Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Kris Kringle--Crocks--Shaker



I have a man in my FARMHOUSE KITCHEN. . .Yep. . .Kris arrived last week and set up housekeeping among the VINTAGE CROCKS. . .A very good place for him. . .He's VINTAGE, too, you know. . .(Santa Wink). . .


Kris has been with me in Christmases PAST. . .He's here for Christmas PRESENT. . .and I'm sure he'll be back for Christmases FUTURE. . .He keeps Christmas in my HEART. . .I have to say, though, that he's never. . .ever. . .been in the FARMHOUSE KITCHEN. . .





Kris is enjoying the HOLIDAY among delicate SNOWFLAKES. . .A Shaker style bowl filled with WHITE, SILVER, GOLD ornaments. . .EVERGREENS. . .BRASS CANDLESTICKS. . .Elements that aren't normally grouped together . . .I TOLD Kris it was a little rebellious . . .but he would have it no other way. . .






Across the room from Mr. Kringle, there's another mix of decorating styles . . .When WINTER arrives I bring out the wooden bowls. . .and the Shaker pantry boxes. . .We cook often in our fireplace and they come in handy. . .John's pipe from Colonial Williamsburg seems a natural thing to place on top of one. . .


The BAKER'S CABINET has to be functional for all the Holiday baking. . .Someone has to keep Kris supplied with COOKIES. . .(He does look as if he's eaten a few, doesn't he?) 
The SUNSHINE KRISPY CRACKER tin has become a make-do bowl that can easily be moved when I need the extra room. . .I keep it full of Granny Smiths. . .my favorite apple. . .and couldn't resist placing a few shiny ornaments there, too. . .



More candlesticks help tie everything together. . .
Honestly, it gets dark so early now that I keep candles burning most of the day. . . 



Did you notice the ANGEL WING on the right one? . .It's rare that candles drip in this manner. . .My Grandmother used to say it meant a SPECIAL BLESSING was coming soon. . .Looks like we may be doubly blessed. . .There's another one forming on the left. . .






Traditional, Victorian, Shaker, and Prim have definitely come together 
in our FARMHOUSE CHRISTMAS KITCHEN this year. . .



I threw away the rules. . .
Loving my new found FREEDOM in unconventionality. . .
KRIS likes it, too. . .(another Santa WINK)


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