I haven’t written in a very long time, since October 2016. I have felt very out of sorts since this whole finding out my bio father was not the man I thought he was. It has been great getting to know my bio family – I love them all. I recently got to meet brother #3. He is from our dad’s first marriage during WWII, he is a sweetie pie. He and his wife drove their motor home down from Oregon and stayed a few days. It was great getting to know him and his wife. Here they are with me. I have been embraced wholeheartedly by all 3 brothers and it warms my heart so much.
I have been to Southern California to see my younger half brothers about 4 times since I discovered them in 2016. Our visits are always great! But I struggle with my relationship with my sister that I grew up with, it has been very strained – So it has been a difficult couple of years. I know she isn’t happy about my search for the truth, but it is what it is. I am trying to come to a peaceful place in my mind, to be comfortable with my discovery and to just move on. On that note, I have been working on my family genealogy quite a bit. I use Ancestry.com – I just love the DNA matching, the ease of finding records and it’s all around ease of use. I have found quite a few extended family members through them, and good old Facebook! I got to spend a couple of days with my 2nd cousin and his wife, on my mother’s Fairman side, this past fall during their 50th anniversary weekend. Meeting family always makes me feel so good. I made them up a family tree on poster board with pictures, so that their family could see how we were all related. They loved it. Those small things that I can do to connect with people make me happy and I hope to keep the family history bug going through my interactions with the generations.
I am going to start blogging about the pictures and families in my vast bunch of very old pictures that I inherited from various family members. I recently read a fantastic blog by Charles Moore Telling their story and it reminded me of the pictures I have and how I really want to save them on-line to share the stories of the people who came before us. Not everyone is identified in every picture I have but I do know the majority of them and I want to share their stories. Stay tuned.