Friday, September 26, 2008

Getting to Know Me, Getting to Know "Little Bytes of Life"

Is this a Mommy Blog? Or a genealogy blog? Or... what???

That's a good question! And I'm going to have to say both.

Hi folks, and welcome to my blog. My name is Elizabeth O'Neal, and I'm the writer, publisher and chief-bottle-washer of Little Bytes of Life. I'm a "retired" elementary school teacher, who is now a stay-at-home-mom to my beautiful 2-year old daughter. I've worked in a variety of fields during my lifetime, but I have to say that Mommy is the best - and most tiring! - job I've ever had. I got a bit of a late start in the parenting field, so I try to enjoy every moment as much as possible.

I've loved to write since I was a kid, and I started this blog as a way to share stories, news and photos of my daughter with my far-flung family. But in the almost-12 months since I began, my posts have taken a decidedly "genealogical" turn.

In 1987, when my paternal grandmother died, it became agonizingly clear that members of my family were dropping like flies, and that someone should be the "keeper" of our family history. That job had fallen to my aunt for many years, but she was eventually going to need back-up... so I stepped up to the plate. A few family group sheets later, I was hooked.

In the years since, genealogy has become my passion. It doesn't matter if I'm researching my family, my husband's family, or the family of a complete stranger... I truly enjoy solving the mystery of family history.

My goal for the hopefully-not-too-distant future is to pursue certification as a professional genealogist. What I'll do with it, I haven't figured out yet. But I look forward to whatever the future brings!

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Here is a sampling of what I consider to be a few of my brightest, breeziest, and most beautiful posts from the past year:

My Brightest:

Although not necessarily my best work writing-wise, the post which would most help readers to understand me and my blog would have to be DAR's 117th Continental Congress. My work with the DAR (and C.A.R.) keeps me very busy, and I do love the group and what they do. Unfortunately, I'm not the luckiest person when it comes to my own genealogical research. But at least I'm not bitter.

My Breeziest:

This would have to be a post I wrote earlier in the year called Beam Me Up, Scotty. Sorry to disappoint the Trekkies out there, but this post has nothing to do with Star Trek, and everything to do with my complete and utter frustration in researching my mother's family history. It's like they were beamed here by aliens.

And knowing my family like I do, that would explain a lot.

My Most Beautiful:

I'm going to have to break the rules here and call this one a tie:

One Perfect Day is about a special day I spent with my daughter. I still cry when I read it. Worth More than 1,000 Words is the most beautiful photo I have ever taken, and probably ever will.

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The way I see it, genealogy is the study of our ancestors, and "mommy-blogging" is the study of our descendants. Generations connect and intertwine; there is no clearly-defined line between them. My hope is to put together as much information as possible to pass on to my daughter - and to her generations to come - so we can all stay connected on some level.

If you get a chance, I hope you will take a few moments to look through some of the 150+ posts on this site. Perhaps we'll find that we're cousins!

I love to hear what you have to say, so please feel free to leave a comment. I try to respond to comments as quickly as possible, but sometimes potty-training or feeding a picky toddler do have to come first. You can also contact me directly at littlebytesoflife at gmail (dot) com.

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O'Neal

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This post was written in response to the Hill Country Getting to Know You Challenge 2008.

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3 comments:

Thomas MacEntee said...

"Worth More Than 1,000 Words" - I still say you can give Anne Geddes a run for her money. What a great shot!

Lisa said...

I loved your explanation of the connection between the "two sides" of your blog, Elizabeth:

"The way I see it, genealogy is the study of our ancestors, and "mommy-blogging" is the study of our descendants. Generations connect and intertwine; there is no clearly-defined line between them."

Thanks for sharing - a wonderful perspective that I wholeheartedly share.

Your daughter will have the best type of inheritance to receive one day: a wonderful treasury of family lore and genealogical research compiled lovingly by her mother. Lucky girl! :)

Lisa
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Jennifer said...

I'll take a genea-Mommy blog any day! =) My son is 15 months and is totally my reason for researching my and my husband's family. I feel really good knowing that I am investing in his history as well as investing in his future. Cheers, and I look forward to reading.