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Oh, de-dear, dear, dear, as we say here. My little head is busy with little things. Thank you for all of the waffle recommendations! The sour-cream waffles we made twice last week were delicious, if not exactly crispy. I think I'll make one of your recipes for breakfast tomorrow. Today is filled with errands and chores. It's raining, windy, and cold. This comes as a slight relief after the 80-degree temps and relentless sunshine we had this past week. A little of each feels nice. Mimi says she doesn't want to go anywhere today. I think she would be happy staying in and watching Bookaboo in her underwear while cutting pieces of paper into confetti with embroidery scissors, which is what she's been doing for the past hour, but alas, errands call. Blah.

I've been doing such weird things. I'm not even sure what. I wrote to somewhere (can't remember who you ask for this) to request a copy of the original Social Security application that was filled out by my great-grandmother in 1951, when she was 61 years old. It has her parents' full names on it, names no one in my family or extended family has ever known. Turns out I'm at least partly Polish on my mom's side, if the name Gorzinski is any indication. This was really exciting, somehow. I have one of those mysterious family histories on both sides. My father was adopted and knew nothing of his birthparents. My maternal grandmother's father died when she was little, and she never spoke of it, or him. She had a French last name, so we've always assumed she was partly French, or French Canadian, but we know nothing beyond that. Her mother remarried (or, as it turns out, married — she wasn't married to my grandmother's father) and essentially abandoned my grandmother, and all we ever knew was her (my grandmother's mother's) married name, not her maiden name. There's not much information, even on Ancestry.com, but I have literally spent hours and hours looking and have found some stuff. I don't know why I'm looking. I guess I'm one of those people who wants to know these things, but I think I'm actually motivated by my own love of researching mysteries as much as some kind of personal neeeeeeed. I think. I'm not sure. Maybe I need to know more than I think I do. There's just enough information to sort of piece something together, but who knows? Who knows what the real story is when everyone who knew the real story is gone? I'm still waiting for my DNA test to come back. Well. Amelia's maternal birthgrandma and -grandpa have done a ton of genealogical research, and passed all of that on to her on her first birthday, the most beautiful present, I thought. I'm so happy that she will have things like this in her life. Recently I traced (well, others had traced, but I just discovered the tracings) her birthfather's maternal grandfather's family all the way back to Jamestown, Virginia, in 1620. It was such a cool moment. Jamestown! Virginia! Her birthfamily is all coming for Birthmother's Day on Saturday (did you know Birthmother's Day is Saturday?) and I can't wait to talk about this stuff. Obviously, now I want to write a young-adult novel about Jamestown, Virginia.

 

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Sigh. Jamestown, Virginia. There and Colonial Williamsburg are two of my most favorite places in the world. I am drawn there. I have theories that, in a past life, I lived there. Or at least that time period. I have read countless books and studied that time period. There is a wonderful book series for young people called 'Dear America'. Each one is a different time period, as a diary entry. I read these over and over to my girls, who are now 18 and 21 and I re-read them occasionally, just because I enjoyed them so much, myself.

I had my DNA analyzed recently. Previously, I had thought I was mostly German with a good dose of English thrown in. I found out while those are certainly in my DNA (although less German than I thought), there is a fairly large dose of Scandinavian ancestry too. There were no exotic, far-flung countries on my list. Not even Mediterranean countries! My daughter was sincerely hoping to find out she was Irish. The funny thing was my Puerto Rican husband was more Irish than me. It was certainly interesting to see and also to compare with my husband's results which did have all those surprising results you see on the commercials!

I had my DNA done. I'm a big part viking, saxon and roman ( I am English lol) but on my Dad's side I'm 15% mongrel, a mix of every European country. After a lot of research a great great great grandmother was a gypsy. Which also explains the tiny mix of Asian. It was soooo interesting to do.

I'm a quarter polish myself! Have a great celebration this weekend. :)

Oh Posie! You make me chuckle! I got immersed in my ancestry a number of years ago and could not stop until I could get no more - very addictive! I also am going to do my DNA so I can continue the search!

You light up my days . . .
Amaze me with your joys, talents, loves . . .
Enjoy your day on Saturday . . . sounds wonderful . . . .
I look forward to hearing more about your DNA and ancestry . . .
Plus more and more and more "peek-a-boo" gems . . .
Lovely . . .

My father has been heavily into genealogy since the 1970's, and has traced his father's side of the family back to the fifteenth century in England. He did most of his research with the LDS church, since that was what was available pre-internet. Cool thing, my first ancestor to come to America landed in Jamestown in 1619, so maybe Amelia and I are distantly related!

That first picture is beautiful!!! A perfect moment.
And, just so you know, I'd definitely buy any novel you chose to write. You were probably joking, but still. :)

I hate having to go out when I'm happy at home too!

how exciting!! being in virginia, jamestown and williamsburg have always been a big part of our lives here. i love to go. you'll love your dna discoveries. i got mine done and it was so fun. lots of fun to delve into history. beautiful photos as always. amelia is a lucky gal to have so many folks in her corner!

I love reading you here! Your life feels intentional and I like that. I am finishing up the sampler I ordered from you years ago & I love love love it! Thank you for not quitting this blog. It also is a gift to your family & to Amelia. Just think - she will be forever able to pull up pictures and stories- such a wonderful gift you are creating for all of you.

Kathryn says: May 11, 2017 at 04:47 PM

"Relentless sun"...hahahahahahahahaha.

I have been reading your blog for quite some time and am drawn in by your writing and the way you express your feelings and your love for Amelia. I'm enchanted by your cozy home, Amelia's room and by your ability to accept and step into the magic of Amelia's 4 year old world. As a retired preschool director and teacher, I admire the qualities you look for in her schools. And now I wish I had given in to my desire for a heart shaped waffle iron when my children and granddaughters were preschoolers. If you don't mind, I'd really like to know what brand your waffle iron is. My Belgian one makes waffles that are way too thick and take way too long to get crispy. Happy Mother's Day!

omg, I got bitten by the ancestry bug a while back, too. Using my and my mom's ancestry DNA results I was able to determine my great-grandfather's paternity! It is a pretty cool thing. You're going to find all of that fascinating when it comes back! If you ever need any help, I'd be happy to try. We're working on my husband's family now and it is tough when you're searching records that are overseas. We have the world traveler membership so that helps at least. Also, I missed the post asking for waffle recipes or else I would have shared this one! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/waffle-of-insane-greatness-recipe They are so good! Light, airy, and crispy!!

I hope you all have a happy birthmother's day and mother's day weekend! <3

Brenda. says: May 11, 2017 at 06:04 PM

Loving that delicate sprinkling of freckles across her nose!

I'm going to plant pink begonias in my strawberry jar tomorrow. That is the official beginning of summer here in my world, never mind that I have already cut the grass three times this year.

Lindsey says: May 11, 2017 at 06:46 PM

Hi, Alicia! I'm setting up a reading nook for my girl and I in our backyard, and I've been searching everywhere for an outdoor futon-like thing - I gasped when I saw yours! If you don't mind, where is it from? Xoxo

I've been doing my family history since I was 18 I posted online and some woman who had been tracing it gave me everything.Its so sacred to me and I feel I have such a strong grasp on my indentity because of it,in the tribe I'm from( I'm a 1/4 African) they believe we are the reincarnation of certain ancestors and I can certainly see myself in some of them.Polish culture is so very beautiful,you are part Slavic you should really learn more about those ancient ties.Ive done many DNA tests that illuminate quite alot too.Love your blog.

Seems like some people really have that strong pull to KNOW their ancestors. My husband's mother was adopted and it was all hush-hush and papers were destroyed, etc., but she searched diligently her whole adult life and she FOUND her birth people in England. And got to meet her birth mother before her birth mother slipped away in illness and death. Gives me chills now to think of it.

I'm so glad Amelia has an open adoption (or seems like it - from the way you mention her birth people) because I think that gives her such strong roots to spread beautiful branches as she grows. People who want to know their roots and are denied that privilege seem to have a hard time letting that desire go.

i have gotten into my family history too (so much!) this last year. i love it!! so amazing to find out who we came from. i've used ancestry and familysearch. love them both.

Another place to search for ancestors online is familysearch.org a website with all free resources and documents. They have some of the same records that ancestry.com has but also many more different records. Best of luck in your continued search!

Wow, your ancestral story is amazing and mysterious! My uncle did our genealogy and proved us back to one of the distant kings of England, with lots of other royalty from all the other European countries. My husbands family have hardly any info beyond a few generations. I think you will find your DNA results exciting. I had mine done and found Scandinavian.. and no one in the family ever knew that. I adored your photos.. Mimi is growing up. Enjoy your weekend, I know you will. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Hélène says: May 12, 2017 at 01:32 AM

If ever you want help with the french name, I'm french, and we have a lot of documents online with our archives.

Genealogy is interesting to know who we are, what our ancestries went through, but also you can learn a lot on places and history. Kind of a drug for most of us !

Sweet innocent photos! I love it! I would love to know my family tree!

Love a good mystery!! I'm Aussie with French and Scandinavian blood thrown in to the mix. I only wish I could speak French! Is that daphne? It looks like daphne. I used to have a daphne bush growing outside my bedroom window when I was little. I've been attached to it ever since.

Beth Wilson says: May 12, 2017 at 04:44 AM

Jamestown, a short jaunt from me as I live in Richmond. One of those places where you go over and over during early school years if you live in Virginia. Such an interesting little place. And Polish - my paternal Grandfather was Polish Hungarian, came to the US not being able to speak a word of English. I found it fascinating to travel each Spring when a child to be with this side of the family - Such baking, such fun.
On the other side my maternal Grandmother was a Scot and it was absolutely Wonderful to be given the gift of traveling to Scotland last year - with my oldest son. You have so many Adventures in store !!
I have read your sweet writings for years and Loved it. Such Inspiration for Life and, also, to knit, sew for my Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren.
If ever in Virginia please Do look me up.
Thank you for being You !!
Hugs from Virginia, Beth

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