Several weeks ago my ninety year old Mexican grandfather was admitted to the hospital. His body began to shut down. Those that were able went to visit him and say their goodbyes. My grandfather started planning his funeral. We were all coming to grips with the fact that he would not be with us for much longer. He had lived a long, faith filled, happy life.
And then, miraculously he began to improve dramatically. In his wonderful humor he joked, “I couldn’t go because I didn’t have my passport and they wouldn’t let me in.” (Remember he is Mexican!)The next week my children and I were able to take a planned trip to Utah and see him again, taking pictures, visiting, talking, laughing. I’m so grateful my children are able to know their great-grandparents.
I am also thankful to a daughter who wanted to know more about her family history. Bon Bon (14) is compiling a book about her ancestors. She is gathering timelines and dates, pedigree charts, and personal stories and information about them. As part of her project she sent a questionnaire to each of her grandparents and great-parents asking them memorable questions.
It has been so fun to read their answers in their own handwriting – from grandpa’s doctor scribbles to great-grandmother’s steady even hand. What a treasure they are!
In The Family: A Proclamation to the World it states, “The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. . . Extended families should lend support when needed.”
Where would we be without our ancestors? Who can measure the influence their decisions, their examples have had on our lives?
Expanding on my daughter’s questionnaire my craft for this blog hop is a memory booklet to make and send to your grandparents or great-grandparents so you too can have handwritten memories to keep.
First you’ll need to download and print the pages in the pdf file Family History Questionnaire. It is made to print double sided. My printer has this capability. If yours doesn’t then just print the even pages first, flip the paper over and print the odd pages on the blank sides.
You’ll also need pretty scrapbook paper for the cover, some twine, and a hole punch.
Trim the scrapbook paper to 8.75 x 11.25 inches, a little larger than the questionnaire papers.
Fold the questionnaire and scrapbook cover in half. Line them up and punch four holes down the fold with the hole punch.
Cut two 15 inch lengths of twine. Pull the ends through the holes from the front to the inside as seen in the photo above.
Thread the bottom piece up through the top hole as pictured.
Then thread the top piece through the bottom hole. If you flip the booklet over the thread should look like the picture below.
Tie the ends together in a square knot, clip the extras, and voila! you have a booklet to send to someone to gather their memories.
Link up your craft or activity ideas that go along with the Proclamation! Scroll down to see what you could win.