Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Research

I've decided although I scrapbook occasionally, I'm really not a "scrapbook-er". And although I craft occasionally, I'm really not a "craft-er". And although I sew occasionally, I'm really not a "sewer". So what am I? This has been kind of a difficult one for me because I don't necessarily fall into a socially accepted category for stay-at-home mothers. But I'm a researcher none-the-less! I love to do research. It's thrilling to me. I've been really excited about some of my research that I've been doing lately.

First, I've been researching my family history. I'm especially excited about it because we are planning a trip to Wales, the land where many of these people lived that I'm researching. I'm compiling lists of parishes in Wales that I want to see. It probably doesn't sound very exciting to you to comb cemeteries looking for lost ancestors, but to me it sounds like a grand adventure. I'm specifically going there looking for 5 lost children. We have a letter that tells about one of my ancestors who had 9 children. It even tells us that there are 3 girls and 6 boys in the family. I know the names of the parents and 4 of the children (from the census records). But the other 5 children we have no record of, except that letter. Sounds like an exciting mystery, huh? :) I personally believe that these children must have died in childhood so I plan on combing the cemeteries looking for them. I can't wait to see what turns up!

And speaking of the trip, it's given me an excuse for yes, more research. I've been researching places in England and Wales that we want to visit and creating documents to help us on our trip. Thrilling. Yes it is. I can't wait!

I also love to do research on things that will help my living family. One of my favorites is of course health and nutrition. You would know that especially if you've seen my other blog. I love to research new recipes, new and improved ways of sneaking healthy food into my families diet, and new methods of cutting out unhealthy habits and starting new ones. This research also includes gardening, food preservation, food storage and provident and simple living.

I like to research fun family activities. We love doing things together as a family and are always looking for more ideas. Some of our latest family activities have included kite flying (which is pretty good exercise by the way), riding bikes and building a garden shed.

I also teach piano you might know. And I love music. Sometimes I research teaching methods, ideas and of course music.

Well that's about all I can think of right now. I'm sure there's more. It seems most things that pop up in life are an excuse to do research to find out about them and how you can improve your live and the lives of those around you.

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