I’ve been missing in action these past few days; or has it been a week or more?  I’ve had several things I absolutely had to do for my mother.  She is 90.  This can only get more intensive as time goes on.  We are in the process of getting her affairs in order so if anything happens I can step in and help her.  Not something I ever thought I would do, but it seems to be something a lot of my friends are doing right along with me.  This week we handled the Power of Attorney that will allow me to act as her agent.  I have to say it wasn’t one bit fun and I feel very odd taking the reins from my very independent mother.  If you ever speak with a lawyer in this situation you will find out this is a must have.  And if you don’t have one and something does happen, you are up the proverbial creek without a paddle.  I would hate for someone else to be making decisions for my mother.

However, there was a bright spot today.  I am working on my 3-dimensional family tree and my dies came today.  So, very soon I will be able to get back to playing with my “toys.”  I have the Sizzix Big Shot that I bought quite some time ago and hardly ever use because I’m not a scrape book person.  But it is going to help me tremendously to put together these trees for my family.  My plan is to make them with the names of my daughters and their husbands as the trunk of the tree.  Take it up three generations because that’s a lot of people right there.  30 people already on the tree.  Then I will add their children in color appropriate little birds at the base of the tree.

The fun thing is I’ve had to collect most of the ancestry myself because they don’t have any idea who their great-grandmothers were.  And that has been a lot of fun for me.  I love finding all the pictures and stories that appear on Ancestry.com.  I just love those little peeks into the lives of our ancestors.  Because one of my sons-in-law has a yet to be proved, but highly suspected, Cherokee woman in his tree I want to make special note of her by adding a feather onto her little card.  Of course, I will make sure she really is Cherokee before I do that.  Dawes Rolls, here I come!

This is a labor of love for me.  In this age of email and Facebook and digital photos, it is very important to me that we preserve our own family history.  I told my daughters that I am hoping they will cherish these trees and place them in a display of family pictures.  If I can find pictures of their grandparents beyond what I already have, I may copy those for them.  I’ve seen ancestry walls in other people’s homes and they are so fascinating.  I love to see if I can find a family resemblance among the prints.