Good Ancestor – Juneteenth Resources

Juneteenth celebrates the liberation of enslaved people in the United States. Started in Texas in 1865 (2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed) when finally enough Union soldiers were able to enter Texas and overthrow those who had resisted the executive order to free those they had enslaved.  It is an incredibly important holiday […]

Free Activity Guide

I am so excited to share this new resource with you! I created this guide with the help of several friends. As a group of moms that love family history, we have each seen the positive impact that participating in family history has had in our families and we want to encourage all families to participate […]

Roots Tech 2020 Highlights

My first year at RootsTech was fantastic! It’s so fun to be in a place full of thousands of people who all share the same passion for discovery, history, stories, healing and connection. Hands down, the best part was reconnecting with friends, meeting Instagram friends in real life for the first time, and meeting new […]

Family History & Racial Literacy

“By searching for our roots we come closer together as a human family.” -Orrin Hatch Family History is a gift that connects us. Not only to our ancestors but to our living family and ALL people – our brothers and sisters in our human family. Today I am sharing some thoughts and resources in my […]

Shame, Trauma & Family History

I’ve been reading the book “It Didn’t Start With You” by Mark Wolynn which talks about the cycles of inherited family trauma. In it he describes a study that found that trauma changes our DNA and can be carried through our ancestral lines for up to 14 generations. And the thing that breaks these cycles […]

Family Love Story Printables

My family loves Valentine’s Day. We take a little bit different approach than the traditional and put our focus on the love we have for each other as a family and the love we have for those around us rather than just romantic love. We leave little “mailboxes” on each of our chairs at our […]

How can we honor our ancestors when our history is complicated?

family photos, journaling, family history

It’s likely that most of us who have dug into our pasts in any way have found some type of skeletons in the proverbial closet. Trauma, racism, oppression, addiction, abuse, and neglect and painful and traumatic issues. They are also very human issues that pervade everyone’s history. Not one of us is immune. So what […]

Family Holiday Recipe Cards

I’m not sure about you guys, but food is a BIG part of my family’s holiday traditions and part of what makes them so special for us. We’ve got recipes passed down from great-grandmothers that we still make and new ones we’ve added along the way. Sharing food is a great way to connect with […]

Gather & Grow in Gratitude

If you’re anything like me you’re also guilty of basically skipping right over Thanksgiving and diving from Halloween right into Christmas. Who can blame us? Christmas is the best! But for the last few years, I have tried to be more intentional about focusing on this season before skipping on to the next. “Gather” and […]

Healing Through the Veil

Sharing my experience with trauma, family history and healing through our family stories. This video was originally created for Season For Family