“We are a family, and we are all going home.”
Where have you come from ?
Where are you going?
Tell me what’s brought you here now?”
It’s one of my favorite songs. It’s a happy song, but every single time I hear it, I find myself choking back my heart in my throat and blinking back tears.
“We – are – all – going – home. Cause we are a family…”
I play it again, and again once more; then smile and let a few tears slip by as I remember those who have gone before and sigh a breath of a prayer for those yet to be born who will be part of my line, physical and spiritual, my family.
“We – are – a – family. And we are all going home.”
Family – We are All Going Home – Amy Grant (You can click the link and listen to it here, but be sure to check out the ever growing sound track for our retreat in September’s challenge. Listen, tidy up your home, and re-create that cozy prayer corner.)
After listening to the song mentioned above, answer the questions “Where have you come from?” and think about “Where are you going?” as you create a “show and tell” Family Tree.
Gather all the information you can about your relatives by blood and marriage, and regardless how mangled and gnarly it looks, try to make a creative representation of your lineage.
For inspiration, you can check outa few of the many strange and beautiful images of trees on-line. Finding an adjective (“gnarly”, “majestic”, “spindly”, “massive”) to tack into your google search makes for some interesting images!
You can print a picture or two from your on-line search of trees that resonate with you (maybe an image that portrays what your family history “feels” like, what you wish it to look like,…).
As you search the web looking at “trees”, listen to this song: