Thursday, February 24, 2011

Don't You Love It When...

Don't you love it when a family member takes an enormous amount of time and effort to research the family tree and collate it all in books, spreadsheets and DVDs! I know I do, my cousin -law -has just done that. I am so grateful to her for her passions when it comes to history and families.

On the cover of the first book is a photograph of my paternal grandmother at age 14 with her brother John.  And, I am afraid to say there is no mention of a Liam Neeson in any of our family ties...would have been nice! I will admit I have done a little research to try and find a link there...but to no avail.

I have a large family network in New Zealand which includes 58 first cousins. Yes, 58's huge!Thankfully, none of  my family  were anywhere near the devastating earthquakes in Christchurch. 

I have also been making hearts for my sister to hang in her home. They are scented with Attar of Rose which is a very concentrated form of essential rose petal oil. A very gorgeous friend of mine brought me some from  Egypt  a few months ago and I have now put it to good use. The perfume is divine,  soft and  yet very subtle.

Don't you love it when your children still come up to you (no matter what age) and tell you that you are the best Mum in the world? I am so grateful for my warm and very loving family.

My heart goes out to the grieving families in Christchurch, New Zealand.



**Anne** said...

This is lovely post Pam, full of lovely "heart" warming things. I'm sure you are related to Liam, I mean you do share the same surname so somewhere back in time you are connected. :) Your hearts are beautiful and I'm sure your sister is going to love them.
I'm with you when it comes to having a warm and loving family. They are precious.
Have a beautiful day,
Anne xx

Carmel's Closet said...

What a lot of work your cousin must have put into that. One of my cousins in Ireland has spent years going back through our family tree and has reached back as far as the 1500's. My childrens' names were chosen as they appeared throughout those centuries', so they feel very special. She has presented yours so beautifully.
Lurving your hearts - wish I could smell them too!

Raine and Sage said...

Liam Neeson would be a good cousin, but I think 58 cousins is enough; wow so many! How fascinating to look through your family history.
Lovely crafty hearts, & I can smell that Egyptian rose oil... mmmmm

Deb said...

I would love to smell that rose oil! Family trees are so interesting, lucky you! Your hearts are gorgeous.

Brenda Kula said...

Love your hearts! Yes, my heart goes out to them as well.

brismod said...

How good is that to have your family tree collated, Pam. So many'd be forgiven thinking Liam might be one of them! xx

Flotsam Friends said...

Wow, your cousin rocks. What a massive job. Looks very professional. And your hearts, oh man, they're really beautiful. Wish I could smell them. Make me feel happy. Yep, so, so, so sad what's happened in Christchurch. Pruxxx

Jenny said...

How wonderful to have a book all about your family history! I would love it if one of my relatives did that. Cute hearts too Pam. ;-)

Gail McCormack said...

My sister has made a similar cd, with the most beautiful background music, it makes me cry everytime I watch it. My Uncle has been researching for decades and has documented everything just recently, what a wonderful thing to do.
I love your hearts Pam, I'm going over to investigate the oil, I'm always on the look out for nice ones.
My heart is breaking for the poor souls in NZ

lovely post Pam

Michaja said...

Your hearts are so romantic Pam!
And what a catastrophe in NZ!
Have a lovely day

Anonymous said...

Pam, those hearts are lovely. That rose oil must be beautiful, and from Eygpt. I love finding resemblances in old family photos. My mother-in-law showed me her book that someone from her side of the family did, and it's fascinating. We had one, but it's at my parents. I wish we had a copy. I should do something about that. Yes, nothing beats the love we get from our children.

Lisa x

delia hornbook said...

I think its so exciting when you can trace your family back history is exciting i feel. I love your hearts there so pretty and i bet they smell lovely. Have a lovely day, dee x

Bee happy said...

Hi Pam

Your hearts are beautiful and after having a rose garden I can image the smell of them :)

Bee happy x

La Dolce Vita said...

our hearts go out the people of NZ and your hearts are so apropos ...

Jenevieve said...

That's a great idea for the family treee, what's it like inside? I would like to try and make something similar for my mum, just have no idea how to lay it out in a book!

My hearts with the people of New Zealand.

:) x

Claus said...

It is nice to go back in history, especially if it is you very own history!! I wish it was somewhat easy to do some research in Guatemala. I'm afraid they only keep information on the wealthy and important. For us commons, it is more difficult :o) yet not impossible! A few years ago I was trying to investigate on my mother's side, where there are more people, well, alive. On my dad's side is much more difficult. But if I cannot manage to go far for me, maybe I should start it for future generations!, right? Good idea!!
Beautiful hearts too!

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

So glad to hear all your family are ok in NZ Pam. My heart too goes out to those suffering in NZ.

Your hearts are adorable and the silver ware you found in a thrift!


Kym said...

Wow, how very interesting and exciting to have a family member research your history. I am intrigued by our family history of which twoof my cousins are currently researching. I am also loving your hearts...I can almost smell them..divine. Have a lovely weekend ! Kym X

Pearl Maple said...

great post
we have recently started working on family history and it is an amazing project to understand who were are and got to be where we are

have a wonderful weekend

Beach said...

Hi Pam, one day I want to sit down and do this, start a family tree and find out some things about my family.

Anonymous said...

Pam what a lovely post and i am just loving those hearts