Ancestry DNA, Should I, or Shouldn’t I? And Do We Have the Right to Know About Our Ancestors?

DNA testing for genealogy seems to be all the craze now.  Some jump on the bandwagon and take the tests right away, others seem more hesitant.  How will the results be used?  Is our information really private?  What if I find out something … unexpected?!

All of these same questions went through my mind.  Ultimately though, I did take the test, through Ancestry.  My sisters and father took it as well.  And the results?  Well, my dad is my dad, and my sisters are my sisters, no surprise there. 😉 Continue reading “Ancestry DNA, Should I, or Shouldn’t I? And Do We Have the Right to Know About Our Ancestors?”

The Day We Met Johnny Depp … sort of

It was a warm day back in October of 2007, my birthday in fact.  My Hubby, daughter with her friend, youngest son,  and I, all took a trip to Washington, DC. A new attraction had opened, and we had discount tickets for that day only.

As usual when we visit D.C, we parked just inside the Beltway and took the Metro into the city.  If you have never visited D.C before, I recommend taking  at least a full day to walk about and explore.  Wear comfortable walking shoes as the Metro is the best way to get around. Continue reading “The Day We Met Johnny Depp … sort of”

Parenting Adult Children

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I was thrilled when each of my three children were born.  Each a joy and each with their own set of challenges while raising them.  No two children are exactly alike and my three are each very different in many ways.  They are all caring, intelligent, and am proud to be their mom, but as they have grown into adulthood, I sometimes find it hard to “parent” my adult children.

Do they still need me?  Maybe “need” is the wrong word.  Or, maybe not.  Do they still want me to be a part of their lives?  Yes, I can confidently say they do.  But, they also need to be treated as the adults they have grown to be, with all that entails. Continue reading “Parenting Adult Children”