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September-December is my favorite time of year. Spring is beautiful and summer is fun, but nothing compares for me to the holiday season! I think I love the holidays so much because of all of the traditions we have this time of year. Some are a big deal, most are small and simple, but all have a special place in my heart helping me feel the spirit of the season and connect with my family both past and present. 💛
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I'll be sharing some of my favorite holiday traditions and would love to see and share some of yours as well! You can comment below or post your own photo and use hashtag #tkptraditions.

To be human is to �have a collection of memories that tells you who you are and how you got there. -Rosecrans Baldwin

Today I am sharing with you one of the MOST EMBARRASSING PHOTOS OF MYSELF. 🙈 Embarrassing enough that I am making you swipe to see it so you have to work for it - but FIRST you have to promise you will only laugh a little, k?
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I KNOW. What haircut is that?? I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be along the lines of Meg Ryan circa 1998 where it's short and spunky and the top layer flips under and the lower layer flips out...but....well, 7th grade me couldn't style it that way with super thick hair (and before I discovered flat irons) so, it ended up looking more like Goomba from Mario Bros. And I didn't seem to care for at least half of 7th grade. 😂😂
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So, WHY am I sharing this picture with you? Well, becuase as much as this photo makes me cringe every time I see it and I'd love to just toss it out, I don't. Because it's me. And I know when I'm 90 my grandkids will not care how weird my hair looks, they'll just think it's cool to see a picture of grammy looking so little! Save your photos friends. Whether you look amazing or embarrassingly awkward or wish you'd put on makeup that day. Your kids and grandkids don't look at your photos and pick them apart. They see someone they love and cherish. They'll remember the good times they've had with you, what you've taught them and how you made them feel far more than any of the physical imperfections you see. 💛
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ALSO, if you could share your worst haircut story, I'd feel a lot better, k? 😂

For me, the best parts of family history are the photos and stories. I love finding names, but nothing makes me feel more connected than those details! @missgenealogy re-opened her online course for creating family history Chatbooks! It includes great family history tips and all you need to walk away with finished family history books of your own full of photos and stories of your ancestors. This is the PERFECT time of year to learn how to make these and order them for your family for Christmas! 😍🙌🏼
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Veteran’s day always makes me think of both of my grandfathers who both served in the Military. Though I don’t know much about either of their stories, I do know that their experiences in war (WWII and Korea) had an affect on the rest of their lives. .
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My grandpa Beasley died when I was nine and I never knew him very well, so I’ve enjoyed lately reading about his military service through records of his regimen. He was an Arizona Bushmaster in WWII from 1940-1945. General Douglas MacArthur said of the bushmasters "No greater fighting combat team has ever deployed for battle” and specifically requested they be placed under his command. Before war they were sent to train in Panama to learn jungle warfare and fighting techniques. My grandfather personally was an un-captured prisoner of war and I know he faced many terrible things during his service. .
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I can’t imagine what going to war as a young boy was like. Or how it was coming home having faced what he did, especially at a time in the world where mental health wasn’t a priority like it is today. I’m grateful for him and his bravery and for all he sacrificed for our country. ❤️💙

My girls as newborns 5 and 7 years ago 😭. Their birthdays are coming up this week (their birthdays are just 5 days apart - they even had the same due date!) and this year I want to start a new tradition of sharing their birth stories and what they were like as babies on their birthday. I've always loved birth stories, and we tell theirs fairly regularly, but I think this is a perfect time to start sharing them as part of a tradition so they can remember them and pass them on. Each of their stories are pretty different and seem to match their personalities so well.
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How much do you know about your birth story? What are your families birthday traditions?

Who is your oldest friend? Mine is Ashley. Technically, we've been friends since I was born, since our Mom's are also best friends. We grew up more like sisters than friends, and we used to get mistaken for twins often (which we loved of course!). Most of my childhood memories involve her in some way and my kids even have their favorite Ashley stories. .
Last week we sat at her parents house watching our kids play together and it felt like things had come full circle. .
Tag a friend below who is a big part of your story!

Happy Dia de los Muertos!
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I’ll admit I used to think this holiday seemed pretty morbid. As I learned more about it over the years I’ve come to realize what a huge misunderstanding that was. It is a beautiful holiday for remembering and honoring those who have come before you. It originated in the Aztec and Toltec cultures who believed that the dead should not be mourned as they are still present in spirit. The ofrendas are created not as a place to worship them, but as a method for welcoming their spirits back for this sacred day when they return to earth. .
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I love this modern version of an ofrenda that @houselarsbuilt created this year. .
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I’d love to hear if you celebrate the day of the dead!

Some things never change. I've always loved Halloween and I still make that face 😂 (also, how great is our old TV and bunny ear antenna?)
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

When I say your story matters (it does) it’s because I know YOU MATTER (you do) and telling your story is a powerful way to learn that for yourself. 💛
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This seems to be a reminder I need all the time. It's something I easily feel about others but sometimes I find hard to feel about myself. I have recognized that as I learn about my ancestors, and I feel their love for me, my sense of belonging increases and I start feeling the truth of my own importance more and more.

“However many generations in your mortal ancestry, no matter what race or people you represent, the pedigree of your spirit can be written on a single line. You are a child of God!” - Boyd K. Packer
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Earlier this week I shared how family history can help us recognize our shared humanity. Beyond that, it can also help us recognize our shared significance and divinity as children of God. 💛

My great-grandparents Paul Joseph Merkel and Eleanor Schaefer on their wedding day. I've never known a whole lot about them until this year when I started asking my grandmother (their daughter) about her life and she's shared her memories of them. Though I still don't know a great deal about them, I know enough to know how hard-working and loving they both were and every detail I learn draws me closer to them.

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