Catching up to you!

Dear Sensenigs,

We are creeping up on you, and looking forward to catching up with you next week for a real-person-meetup! We have been enjoying our foray into the South immensely. Everyone we met in Kentucky was delightful, and our journey into Tennessee was gorgeous. The leaves are mostly fallen from the trees, but it’s wonderful to be back in the embrace of a mountainous terrain. During our mostly back-country-roads-trip Rhanna and I were squealing that were were never going to leave, although entering the trafficky highways andย repellent kitschy towns outside of Knoxville has helped us curb our enthusiasm. It’s all about location!! Let’s leave it at that! hahaha

Our time in Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, and Kentucky was spent researching genealogy. I’ve been working on our family trees for the last several years, and it’s been a dream of mine to actually visit the places our ancestors lived, not to mention courthouses, archives, and the cemeteries where they now rest. I had some great successes and some disappointments as well, but overall it’s been an amazing experience! Some census records indicate specific addresses, so I was able to stand on the streets of my great-great-great grandparents in Minnesota, and in Iowa, we found the actual house that Abe’s 4xgreat-grandparents built, and were able to speak with the current owners, In Indiana, we stayed in a campsite just on the Ohio River, and as I researched land grants during the week, I found out that we were actually living just five miles down the road from where my paternal ancestors lived in the 19th century! Getting to experience their homeland (especially in the beautiful season of Autumn) was such a gift. I have increased my genealogy binder by about 2 pounds with new research, but (and I never thought I’d say this) I need a little break before breaking it down and getting it organized. I’m family-historied-OUT! Temporarily. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kel Marshall MNGwyn Jones Cemetery Kel Morse Cemetery

Today is warm and sunny, so we’re splitting our time between playing outside and having a baking day to fill the freezers with goodies for the coming week. There’s a resident blue heron down the street from us, so we’ll walk down to the river to give her a visit this afternoon, too.

Hope to see y’all soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

Joyful Journeys to you!