Topic: Just a few notes and a pile of thanks...
Family Name Associations: O'Neill, McKenna, Lequyer, Bentley/Walker and probably a ton more I'm forgetting.
Location: Barrie, Ontario
Music: Jordan Sparks - Battlefield
Okay... So. I have been way, far too busy. I've been ignoring things and it's just getting into our busy month so I'm going to do this now before something happens and I can't. In the shuffle, I'm scared I've been remiss in my job to say Thank You. First off, I need to talk about this amazing team of people I work with on a daily basis. And this is going to be a major post, because seriously... I am so, so blessed with the people that grace my life and make up the family I'm so proud to be a part of.
When we say we work together, I don't think anyone can grasp the level of communication, effort, and stupidly hard work that every person on this team puts forth... Between msn chats, sticky notes, just plain old fashioned talking (Even if it's on the phone!) we probably work 20 hour days on most days... No time off. Even when it's odd google searches for obits.
I'd like to personally thank each and every one of you for your dedication, your heart, your courage to go beyond stigma and limits... You friggin' rock. You amaze me, you all deserve awards for putting yourselves out there... For going above and beyond. You honour me by being my friends, my family, and the team I'm apart of.
Thank you so, so much. From the bottom of my heart. You are amazing. I love you :)
We've had a small advance on the O'Neill, Clement tree, and I need to say thank you to cousin Cheryl for the Trihey tip. Today we put Mary O'Neill as one of Catherine O'Neill's sisters (Catherine wife of Israel Clement) And I don't know if there's a link to our Bridget O'Neill in all of this or not (So many O'Neills, so little time) But to think this is information that hasn't seen light since 1900, that's awesome! So to cousin Cheryl and her work, her guts to contact us and for all of her help... I can't wait to see what the future holds for these lines! I'm so convinced we'll have it mapped out in ways even we can't imagine.
Thank you, so much for your efforts.
To cousin Joan in Chicago, who I just haven't had time to connect with further... It's going to happen! I know we're all interested in getting to know you and your O'Neill descendants better. We can't wait to see what's what!
One thing is for sure, we're going to get to Chicago sooner or later.
To cousin Richard who has helped us put faces to two of the most valuable people in our tree... To him for believing the Lequyer family was worth his research and his time through and through. You rock! You're amazing... Thank you so, so much for caring. You've preserved our family history, you could not give anyone a greater gift.
To cousin Marilyn... Geez, I can post this over and over and never get tired. I know there's a pile of documents and photos waiting for uploading... Your positive attitude has probably encouraged me 100 times, especially when I feel like giving up. I so hope that Art knows how special this connection to you has been for me, if it weren't for him I wouldn't have known where to start, and if it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have pushed to understand more.
You are an inspiration, your kindness touches the future in ways you can't imagine. Thank you.
To cousin Lee in BC, thank you for all your help, your offers for books and just putting yourself out there to get in touch with us. It really, really is all about connections.
To our Aunt Linda, who works tirelessly, who always, always has a kind word or a helping hand. Thank you so much! You added to our lives when you started in on genealogy, and we are so glad to have you... The Boxalls exist, and we're going to find every single one of them. After all, we're the oldest we've ever been and we're just getting started - LOL!
To cousins Claire and Frank, and cousin Patrick... You guys are so cool, seriously! Thank you, thank you, thank you. For everything from photos, to your open, loving hearts. This last weekend was stunning, I'm still not recovered from the sheer open, loving generosity you had for us. I wish there was some way to show you how special and amazing you are. Ireland 2011! (Hey, we have to have dreams, right?)
I'm probably forgetting people. I might add a new blog thingy in the title about who I need to say thanks to per post, really... There are so many contributions, I wish I could take you all out for dinner or something to say thanks... Even that wouldn't be enough. You guys, are in a word, awesome!
It's all about sharing the love!