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?