Christmas in Scotland

Christmas in Scotland

Scotland is near and dear to my heart, since in a very close second to Irish, my genealogy is mostly Scottish. I have a Clans of Scotland poster on my wall and a blanket of one of my ancestral tartans. How glorious would it be to spend Christmas in Scotland! Nollaig Chridheil! (Merry Christmas in Scottish Gaelic) The New Year’s celebration, Hogmanay, is the important event of the year, as Christmas is not nearly as big of a deal in Scotland as it is in countries like America. Hogmanay is celebrated by festivities that last for nearly a week, with…

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I Should Have Named it The Gigantor Book of Homeschool Ideas

A few months ago, I published a book affectionately named The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas.  55 homeschool moms contributed chapters pertaining to their areas of expertise and we ended up with a whopping 103 chapters. It really is a wonder in itself. 560 pages full of awesomeness. To spotlight the book, this month we are going on a tour of some of the author blogs so that you can learn more about their areas of expertise and why they chose to write about their passions. So, every day in the month of October, you learn more about one of the authors of The Big…

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Everybody is Interested in the Beginning of Things

The beginning of all things…what country did your ancestors originate from? What does your last name mean and where did it originate from? Do you have any Native American, Jewish or Asian DNA? These are the kind of questions that can be answered by 23andMe. I discovered 23andMe several years ago on a PBS program called Faces of America. It did not take me long to order two kits, one for myself and one for my husband. When 23andMe was founded, the price of the personal genetic service was $1,000. When we purchased ours, the kits were $250 each, and…

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My Family Kidnapped St. Patrick

True story. For reals. If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know that I am oddly obsessed with St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish. Of all the different ancestries that make up my genetics, I’ve always just felt…Irish.  Now it all makes sense. Right before Christmas, I had my DNA tested through 23andMe.com. I found out lots of interesting tidbits, like the fact that (on my mom’s side) we are part of a unique group of Assyrians who migrated north to Scandinavia and later became the Vikings. Because a woman can only trace her maternal side, in order to…

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A Gift for My Parents

Both my mom and step-dad’s birthdays are in February and this year I made them something that has been on my heart for a very long time. I’ve always wanted to make one of these for them and finally followed through on it after coming across a distant cousin of my step-dad. This cousin amazingly had dozens of very old photographs of my step-dad’s ancestors! Viola – here it is… My parents are the trunk of the tree, but I blurred out their names for privacy. What do you think?  The first picture is the actual image of the tree…

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