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Know Grandparents, Know Yourself

September 15, 2014


It is portraits like these that remind me what a similar heritage my husband, Matt, and I share. On the right are our fathers’ parents, all academics or professionals, including my unpictured grandmother, who I never met.  I need to get a picture of her.  [Not to mention our parents, several of their siblings, and a few cousins, who together hold fourteen doctorates and masters degrees.  (I say this not merely to brag, but to express how honored we are to come from a heritage of great education!)]

On the left are our mothers’ parents, all farmers for a season of their lives- Matt’s grandparents in Eastern Pennsylvania, mine in Iowa.

All have invested much of their lives in the church. My grandfathers (bottom) were both ministers in the Reformed Church (and both named Richard!), my father’s dad also a seminary professor.  Matt’s grandfather on the top right is greatly involved in the Church of the Brethren, having written and edited the Brethren Encyclopedia. And Matt’s grandmother on the top left was the organist in a Brethren church for a few decades! [Not to mention our parents’ generation, which has five ministers.]

So, I guess it is no wonder that Matt and I got together and now live in a church manse, are heavily involved in church music, that Matt is taking seminary classes, and that we have a very large garden!

“Know history, know self.”

“He who does not know how to look back at the place from which he came will never arrive at his destination.” -Jose Rizal

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