Thankful Thursday – Family Legacy

I think part of why I love studying my family history is because I love seeing the strong legacy they have left for their descendants.  I look at the way they lived their lives; standing through adversity, staying loyal to their families when times were tough, working hard at every thing they had to do and I thank God that I came from such strong people.

I am thankful that my grandparents raised their children to believe in God.  I have inherited a strong faith foundation.

I am thankful that my grandparents stayed loyal in their marriages.  I have inherited a strong marriage ethic.

I am thankful that my grandparents lived through the depression and World War II and still dared to have a family, take pictures, and live life .  I don’t see fear of the future or shame in being poor in their stories.

I am thankful that my grandparents worked hard at everything they did.  I have inherited a strong work ethic.  If you want to make your way in this world you have to work for it, don’t look for handouts.

I am thankful that my grandparents are/were good neighbors.  When I go to their towns people remember them with love and respect.

I am thankful that my grandparents are/were real people.  They are who they are, comfortable in their own skin; no masks needed.  I hope I have inherited that quiet confidence.  It isn’t what’s on the outside that matters but the strength and grace within.

I am even thankful for the physical traits I have inherited that aren’t considered typical beauty.  I am short and “solid” , maybe not pretty but strong and healthy.  I inherited frizzy, wavy hair and the Tracy “Cowlick” from my paternal ancestors but when I go to a family reunion I definitely can see the family resemblance.

I am thankful for my Family Legacy and I believe everybody has something they have inherited or learned from their ancestors that they can be thankful for.  What are you thankful for?

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About Rosanna Ward

Rosanna is a devoted wife of 20 years and mother of four children, two of which are homeschool graduates. She currently homeschools her 8-year-old son and her youngest son is a toddler. Rosanna is a homeschool graduate and a graduate of Oral Roberts University: She grew up in Tulsa and has been homeschooling here for the past eight years. Her mission at Tulsa Homeschool Happenings is to provide a “one-stop” local community hub online that will help homeschooling families in our area fulfill their individual missions while connecting with the greater homeschooling community.
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One Response to Thankful Thursday – Family Legacy

  1. Your article makes me want to learn about my family history Rosanna! I will have to ask my Grandma if she still has the research around that she started about 20 years ago. Great perspective!

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