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the KINDRED press  Sharing stories. Connecting hearts. #familyhistory #tellyourstory

I really enjoy getting fun little surprises like this from @familysearch! I also signed up to receive messages from them through Facebook Messenger that notify me of special dates such as birthdays and anniversaries of my ancestors. I'm loving having such fun, simple ways to be reminded of and connect with my family.

“Each of us is important to those who are near and dear to us — and as our posterity read of our life’s experiences, they, too, will come to know and love us. And in that glorious day when our family are together in the eternities, we will already be acquainted.” - Spencer W. Kimball

Father’s day is coming up and I wanted to share this journal I found to give my dad. It’s simple and sweet and full of some great prompts to get him started recording his life story! My only complaint is that some of the spaces are a bit small so I’ll be giving him a basic journal as well (and some of my favorite pens) to accompany it and give him some extra space to write. They also have mother and grandparent versions available! (Link in profile)

This adorable photo inspired me to share some of my favorite quick tips for sharing family history with your kids! 1. Share pictures and stories - both help kids connect to and learn from their ancestors. 2. Share stories through objects: tangible things like dresses, quilts, books and toys are great ways to help your kids connect to and remember their ancestors. I love how @brittneygurrphoto used this photograph of her grandfather and some keepsakes from his time working for the National Park Service in a little display in her boys room! 3. Make it a game - from family “trading cards”, family “guess who”, to match games there are so many fun ways to make a game out of family history! 4. Learn about the culture - Were your ancestors from Germany? Japan? Spain? Share food and customs from their heritage to help them create a deeper connection with those that came before. 5. Last but not least, celebrate them! @familysearch has a great new app that will send you messages on special days like birthdays and anniversaries of your ancestors. Take some time to celebrate them! .
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It is so important to keep the stories and memories of our beloved ancestors alive. I'd love to hear your ideas as well!

Since I’ve been talking about books for kids I had to mention @cuentobooks, because they have the most genius idea ever. They turn your family stories (from histories of ancestors to those stories that get told over and over, to birth and adoption stories) into custom illustrated children’s books! I also love that they place importance on not only sharing stories of our families, but also giving immigrant families a way to pass on traditions and culture from their home countries. These books are not only beautiful, but are also a perfect keepsake that your kids will love and treasure. (Not sponsored, I just really love what they’re doing!) Link to their site in my profile!

Between passing the sickies around our house and summer starting we've been spending lots of time snuggling on the couch watching movies. I re-watched You've Got Mail (for the millionth time) and this quote really stood out to me. My love for human stories began with my love for reading and I have so many treasured books that I read as a child that hold space in my life. This book of poems is one I loved reading at my grandma's house growing up. I was so excited when she gifted it to me and it's now a favorite of my kids as well. I’d LOVE to hear what books you loved as a kid! (Also, I'm loving @missgenealogy’s series #familyhistorylitpicks featuring some wonderful family history themed kids books!)

Yesterday I shared about @promptlyjournals miscarriage journal, and I also wanted to share about their childhood journals which I LOVE. Basically it will cover your kids from pregnancy to age 18 all in one beautifully designed journal! The journal includes age specific prompts for you to record memories and growth of your kids (every few months for the first year, then yearly starting at age 2). There’s even plenty of opportunities for your kids to participate in keeping their journal by including their hand or foot prints or coloring pictures. If you’re kids are a little older don’t fear! My kids were 5, 3 and 2 when I purchased these journals for them and have LOVED being able to go back and remember their younger years which is made so easy by the prompts! .
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They also have journals specific for adoption as well as a love story journal and a travel journal! (This post isn’t sponsored at all, I just really love their product!)

I’ve followed @promptlyjournals for just about a year and love their childhood journals for recording my kids lives (more on those soon!). Just before I found out about my second miscarriage recently, I got a newsletter from them letting me know about a new product of theirs - the loss journal specifically for recording pregnancy loss. Journaling is always a cathartic and healing process for me and I had been wanting a way to record and honor my first lost pregnancy in some way and thought this was a perfect idea. I’ve now printed two and am happy to have a simple way to both heal from those losses and to keep those stories. .
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If you or someone you know has experienced a similar loss, you can download the free printable journal from their website (link in profile).

"Through our strength, we compete, but through our weaknesses, we connect." I saw this quote over at @persnicketyprints recently and loved it immediately. .
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Just over a year ago I had a miscarriage. In January of this year, we found out that after a year of trying, we were expecting again - then, last month, I miscarried a second time. It was devastating and painful (physically and emotionally). At first, I planned on not telling anyone, even family (other than my husband, mom and a couple of close friends who knew I was expecting). I hadn't announced the pregnancy and not only did it feel hard to talk about, it just felt too depressing and like too much to put on others. But, through the process, I slowly told more and more people and really opened up about my pain, something incredible happened - I started connecting. .
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I connected with my sisters who brought me dinner and cried with me and watched my babies so I could rest. With the friends who shared their love and empathized and related through their own experiences with loss. With my husband who held me up (physically and emotionally) and shared the grief with me. With ancestors who have suffered similar losses. As I connected, my healing started. .
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No one's story is perfect. Most are messy and full of heartache, mistakes, trials, pain, and loss. But the beauty in that hardship is that we have each other. We need each other and each other's stories. Good stories are always wonderful to hear, but the hard stories, the ones that are hard to hear and even harder to share - that's where we build connection, support, and love.

One really simple resource I love to use with my kids is these super cute coloring and activity books the LDS Church puts out. They are less than $2 a piece and available online (link in profile) as well as at your local distribution center or Deseret Book. Such a fun easy way to get conversations around family history started - and perfect to add into their Easter baskets!

Our ancestors were kids too! .
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I find that when I am researching my family history I always feel particularly connected to anyone who has something in common with me. Right now, any stories about ancestors as young mothers tug right at my mama heart and I feel so connected to those women. .
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I find my kids are the same. They LOVE seeing pictures of our ancestors as children or hearing stories about funny things they did, games they played or jobs they did. They don't understand the complicated hardships of adults, but they can sure relate to playing, learning and growing as kids!
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This is a great place to start introducing ancestors to your kids. Even if you don't know all of the details - a little research will show you what types of games they may have played in their era or what their house may have been like.

I have kids of my own, so I am always trying to find ways to incorporate family history into their lives more and to make sure they are getting all of the incredible benefits of learning about their history as well as recording their own. .
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As we discussed telling and sharing our stories at my roundtable last week at SALT, I was so happy to hear nearly every person discussing ways they are sharing their history with their kids or how they are interested in doing so. .
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So, for the next little bit, I'll be sharing some tips and tools for sharing our stories with our kids and helping them tell their own. I'd love to hear any questions or suggestions for resources you'd like to see shared!

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