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I was thinking about Motherís and Grandmotherís this past week, as I am sure most of you were and I just wanted to share a newspaper article that I found of my Grandmother.  My grandmother is on the left.

It really touched me that my grandmotherís friend took care of her mother, my great grandmother, before she died.  I am so gratefull to her. My grandmother came to America in the 1920ís and was not able to go back to Switzerland.  You can feel the excitement my grandmother felt to see her friend after 40 years.

I am going to be showing different websites in the next month about finding newspaper articles on various websites.  If you have a favorite newspaper website, please let me know.

I hope you were able to look at the NY Times article I emailed during the week last week. It is a wonderful article about ďThe Stories that Bind Us.Ē Here is the link in case you didnít see it.  www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/fashion/the-family-stories-that-bind-us-this-life.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

I hope you will take time to tell your stories to your children and grandchildren. Tina Mueller, a family history consultant, tried this last week. This is what she shared with me and said I could share it with you.

So I typed up the few questions the article gave and handed them out on Sunday when we had 4 generations present. Since you asked what we think, I'll share the experience with you. My 6 year old grandson didn't know his birth story and only stuck around long enough for his Mom to acknowledge that there was one and started to tell it but he really didn't seem to care. And off he went. But we enjoyed hearing it. My 8 year old granddaughter was amazed that she should know where her parents met, but with some prodding, she was more amazed that she did know! Daughter-in-laws got to tell about their grandparents and my sons got to tell about theirs. My husband got to tell us about schools in Germany where his parents grew up and my father-in-law got to tell us about his mother's battle with cancer and give her honor in so
doing. I got to share the conclusions of the study and encourage the families to continue sharing the stories of the ups and downs of life together. I felt like it was a profitable experience and bonding many generations and families . I hope everyone else finds opportunities to do something similar or continues things they are already doing, recognizing that the world always eventually acknowledges the things the Lord has always told us are true. The one thing we regret is not having any really hokie traditions to laugh at! We'll have to work on that one!
Tina Mueller

I really appreciate Tina allowing me to share this.  It is never too late to start traditions.  I have sometimes been afraid that my children will get bored if I start telling stories. I need to be better about that especially with my grandchildren,

I challenge each of us to remember how important our families are and especially be grateful for all those things our motherís or women in our lives do, and did for us!!

I would love to have any of your thoughts and experiences.



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