A Few Personal Updates


My youngest throwing rocks into the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington.  You can just see the rock he has thrown clear up at the top of the shot.  He got a lot of height, not much distance.  13 April 2017

I am currently in my hometown of Kennewick, Washington hanging out with my Dad and my youngest son.  We’ve had a quiet few days and will be here for several more.  Last week we were able to enjoy a little time in Columbia Park.  They have a wonderful playground there right next to the beautiful Columbia River.  We ended our park visit with time along the river bank throwing rocks and sticks.  It was a beautiful day as you can see.  It was joyful for me to watch my son enjoy the river so much.


My oldest, missionary son helping with a service project for refugees in the Lexington, SC area.  My son is in the center squatting down with his arm around one of the refugees.

My missionary son is also doing well.  He recently sent me this fuzzy picture and I just keep thinking about it and what a good boy I have.  There he is front and center with his arm around a refugee he met.  They obviously made a connection.  My son mentioned this man and how tearfully grateful he was for the service my son and others provided in one of his weekly emails.  It is wonderful to see the goodness of a grown child.  To see that he is choosing to spread love and light with those he meets.  And that in this instance at least, that love and light was readily received.

There is too much sorrow and pain in this world.  But this week, I am feeling the simple joys of motherhood – of mothering that is bringing goodness to fruition, and of mothering in the moment and seeing beauty in the world with a tiny child.

Hopefully my wonderful middle son is enjoying his one-on-one time with Dad at home.  Lots of man time building a play structure and installing a sink.  🙂


Happy Monday!  I hope your week is filled with fabulous genealogy discoveries – or peaceful family time like mine will be.



Photograph Showcase: Polaroid Surprise

PETERSON, Amberly, July 1978

I visited my parents over Christmas.  While I was there, my mom and I looked through a few different things and this stray polaroid was mixed in with some other random items.  That is a picture of me that I had never seen before.  I was instantly taken with this image of my cute little toddler self.  There is something special about seeing a picture of yourself for the first time.  A happy discovery for sure!


Hello Friends!


RootsTech was fabulous!

I have so much to say about so many things.  I’ll just start with a few headlines:

  • RootsTech.  Love, love, loved that experience once again.  So much learning!  If you didn’t watch LeVar Burton’s opening session, it is a must see.
  • My missionary son has been gone for 6 months on Friday.  It’s going so fast!  A few photos below.
  • A while back I wrote about a new church responsibility that was keeping me busy.  Well, it happened again.  Only this time I am serving in a busy calling with many, many children – my favorite.  The timing slowed me way down, about 7 weeks before my missionary left.  But I’ve got my sea legs and I’m trying to fit in some old loves once again – like blogging.
  • I have been organizing those piles of letters getting ready to start scanning.  Hooray!
  • I am about to foray into the DNA genealogy world.  I have several people I will be testing over the next few months.  Kits purchased, now it’s time to learn.  Please send any beginner tips you have my way.
  • I may not have been writing about family history, but I’ve still been doing plenty of it.  Which means I have many happy discoveries and tips to share.


Have a wonderful week, I hope you make a fantastic genealogy discovery today!


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RootsTech 2014


Ahhh RootsTech…

It is just within my grasp geographically, but the distance created by my life is keeping me home.  Geographically speaking I am precisely 54.4 miles away from RootsTech.  Life speaking, I am one wiggly toddler, one busy business-owner husband, one teenage basketball player, one last-year-of-elementary-school-child-who-has-to-be-picked-up-everyday-after-school basketball player, 2 basketball games, 1 practice, and one shift at my local Family Search Center away from RootsTech this year.

Next year?

The toddler will be old enough for a few play dates, the hubs can take time off and work from home during nap and play dates, the ball players will just have to do without me coaching a few practices and cheering at a few games, the bus can bring home the junior high kiddo, and I can get a sub for my shift at the Center.

Next year, I am going!

I am still sad about this year though.  I love the hustle and bustle of a good convention.  I love downtown Salt Lake.  I love researching in the FHL.  I would love to attend as many classes as humanly possible.  And I would love to hear Ree Drummond & Stephanie Nielson speak – not because I think they know really very much about genealogy but because I think they are both amazing, interesting, inspiring women.  And who knows?  Maybe they know a lot about genealogy.

Instead I will gratefully partake in the free classes they are streaming live – schedule found here.

Is anyone going?  Wish you were going?  Never heard of RootsTech?

If you are going, have a great time.  Soak up all that genealogical goodness and spread some my way please!