The ever changing branches . . . .

It has been awhile and the branches of my tree have changed during these last few months. It truly is like a living tree that adds new branches, some change and some are grafted in.

The summer started with a wonderful time as my parents celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. It was a quiet afternoon BBQ with just them, their children & spouses and their grandchildren with their boyfriends/soon-to-be husbands.

It was something to see – 2 people who started out all those years ago, now surrounded by, I guess you could say the fruits of their branches. There are not many that make it 60, but I know there are several in the family tree that have.

And then, we added a new branch as my niece, Julie married Marty bringing a new branch into this ever widening tree. And it was a beautiful day filled with love, laughter and tears (ok, tears mostly on my part). My wish and prayer is that this branch blossom and bloom so that in the year 2073, Julie and Marty will be having their 60th Wedding Anniversary surrounded by their children and grandchild.

Then comes the joy of another new branch starting. A cousin in Sweden became a Grandpa with the birth of a beautiful baby boy.

But sadly, sometimes tree branches must, while not ending but becoming a sturdy limb to hang memories on.

First came word that my cousin, Carol had lost her Emil. They were together for years and although I never got to meet him, I could tell by how she talked about him that he was a wonderful person who loved her and she loved him.

I then saw a post that a cousin (I don’t like calling them distant – miles are a distant, family is family no matter what the generations apart you are) — she passed away. She was through my Compton line, living back East. She was a wife and a Mother and loved.

So, as the summer starts to close, that would be all, right? The family tree isn’t going change anymore because of a passing. Sadly, life, as it does, carries on and I got word that a cousin in Australia had passed. He and his wife had just celebrated their 58th anniversary close to when Mom and Dad celebrated theirs. I was in touch with them through their daughter, Sandra, as we both research the Compton Family Tree. That is how we are related, through the Compton side.

And then sadly, Sandra posted that her Aunt (on her Mom’s side) had also passed.

So, the Family Tree – we add but we never subtract. I always hope that even with the passing of a Family member, as long as they are remembered, they are never truly gone, they will live on, helping make my Family Tree bigger and stronger as the years go by.

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