My Glass is Full (But I Think I Like it That Way)

This past week has been filled with so much good news and so many changes that I just don’t know how much more my heart can take! Don’t get me wrong: I love, love, love good news. But I’m a “glass-half-empty” kinda gal, so I tend to get suspicious when there’s what seems like an overabundance of good stuff coming my way.

My big news today – as you can see above – is that “Little Bytes of Life” has been named one of FamilyTree Magazine’s “40 Best Genealogy Blogs.” When I found this out this morning, you could have knocked me over with a feather. I was, and still am, stunned. Like most Oscar nominees, I felt that it was just an honor to be nominated. But… wow. I really don’t know what to say except… WOW.

Maureen Taylor (one of my idols), in her article “Fab Forty,” had this to say:

This former teacher named Elizabeth writes about genealogy news, lectures she’s attended, how-tos (such as adding watermarks to digital photos), family stories and other topics. Clear writing, gorgeous photos and an attractive layout reminiscent of a scrapbook draws a reader in and won’t let go.

There are 2 people in this house who refuse to listen to me, so it’s good to know that I’m able to keep somebody interested.

When you check out the link above and see my esteemed company, you’ll understand why this is such an honor. Seriously, the other 39 blogs are so outstanding, and I congratulate them all.

Many, many thanks to FamilyTree Magazine and to all who voted for this little blog. I am humbled and honored.


So what’s my other good news? Well, here are a couple of highlights of the past week that I can share:

  • This past weekend was our California C.A.R. State Conference. I have been appointed (awaiting official confirmation) as the next Senior State President, and will officially be installed at the National Convention in April in Washington, DC. I’m really excited to be working with such a terrific group of kids, particularly our incoming state president, who has a wonderful project in store for the next year. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about that here, as I find it hard not to brag about the good stuff these kids do. 😉
  • I found out last week that I was accepted to the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) in Washington, DC, in July. Now, by “accepted” I don’t mean that I’m any more wonderful than any other applicant; it just means that a very smart ProGen advisor told me to send my application in pronto because applicants are admitted on a first come, first served, basis, and spots fill up quickly. But I’m nonetheless excited to be going, as it will be an intense week of all things NARA.

There’s one other little thing that I can’t talk about just yet… but it’s very exciting (to me, anyway).


Just to give things perspective, I’ll share this other thing with you. I discovered this morning that I left the power cord for my netbook at the hotel yesterday. (Right now, I’m using my glitchy 17″ HP – boo, hiss – laptop in SAFE MODE, so I’m not a happy girl. I’ve had nothing but problems with this laptop, and have almost taken a hammer to it many times.)

So what’s good about this? Nothing really, except that the hotel found my cord, and I can go get it tomorrow. Of all the times I’ve left power cords at hotels (and there have been many), I have NEVER had one found.



I’m going to go let all of this sink in now. That glass is looking a bit full to me, and I’m not sure what to do with it.

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Elizabeth is a professional genealogist, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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  1. Yours is one of a couple of blogs I found because you were nominated…so congratulations!

    I’m a stay-at-home mom to a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, so I know EXACTLY what you mean about being listened to…

  2. Agreed! The 39 others are awesome. But make no mistake you are definitely on the right list! Congrats on being accepted to NIGR. As well as the State President Nomination. Wonderful! Can’t wait to hear the other news! Keep us posted!

  3. Congratulations on EVERYTHING! I’m so happy for you, and proud to be one of your “followers”. :)


  4. Congratulations Elizabeth! “Draws a reader in and won’t let go” You drew me in with your parade float and I’ve been a happy follower ever since :)

    Also congrats on being appointed Senior State President!

  5. Elizabeth!
    So has DAR lost what CAR is gaining? Don’t leave me alone LOL

    Congratulations, it is well deserved!

    Love from your fellow Pussycat Doll, watch out Jamboree this year!

  6. Congratulations Elizabeth, I’m so happy for you. I’ve enjoyed all your pieces, as well as seeing your dau. and your wedding picture in your heading. Now go celebrate.

  7. Congrats Elizabeth. All wonderful good news for you.

  8. Elizabeth –

    I knew you when! This is all so much good news. Congratulations.

    And Baby, that glass is FULL!


  9. So well deserved, Elizabeth – congratulations! (And I know what you mean about being suspicious about too much good luck…. – but winning this for you was not luck; you earned it!)

  10. Congrats on everything – the C.A.R. appointment sounds wonderful and I expect to see you in full presentation gown (long gown, gloves, a tiara perhaps?) for the induction.

    And your blog deserves to be in the FTM 40 Best – you give so much to the genealogy community.

  11. Congratulations! What a fabulous week for you!

  12. Good things come in threes and mores… congratulations Elizabeth! You have inspired me to try new things since the SCGS Jamboree when you “blogged” the first Bloggers’ Summit. Please keep up the good work!

  13. Congratulations, Elizabeth — so glad to see you on this list! V.

  14. Thank you everyone for the very kind words! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment here! With so many wonderful genealogy blogs out there, I’m honored that you take the time to read mine. :-)

    Sheri – DAR hasn’t lost anything, I promise. That was the other thing that I can’t share until later.

    Thomas – I’ll be sure to get photos for you. I’m pretty sure no tiaras are involved, but there IS a cool sash. 😉

    LOLing at Kerry’s comment – glad to know I’m not alone there!

  15. Congrats, Elizabeth!! Your blog was one of the first ones I began following when I started out. Keep up the good work!

  16. Congrats on being named “TOP 40″!

  17. Congratulations, Elizabeth!
    You had a reallllly great week


  18. Wow Elizabeth, congratulations on a FANTASTIC week! I’d say your glass is full! So awesome, you deserve it all!


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