{this is my son, upset about something, but I’m not sure what.  I couldn’t help but take a picture of that face!}

I had planned on joining the next ProGen group.  I was really excited about the opportunity to further my genealogical education.  It sounds like such an amazing group.

But then reality hit me like a ton of bricks…

I homeschool 4 children every day.  And I have a 3 yr old running around underfoot on top of that.

I have three daughters in three separate Girl Scout troops.

I try to keep current on both of my blogs.

I’ve joined a photography club and a Bunco group and I’ve been attending the local genealogy society meetings.

I’m trying to get my rear end to the gym or on the treadmill on a regular basis.

I actually have real live friends here and they want to do real live stuff – which is cool!

I have floors to clean, dishes to do, laundry to wash, and dinner to cook.

I have genealogy research to do!!!  And lots of papers to scan and file.

I have a long list of places I want to visit while we’re here in the SouthWest.

I have a husband who is in a military academy all day and taking college classes for his Master’s Degree a couple evenings a night.

And the conclusion I came to after realizing all of this was that there was no way on earth that I could fully commit to the study group.:(   If I do something, I want to be able to give it my all. It will have to happen during a different season in my life.


  • Christopher Shaw - September 10, 2011 - 7:30 am

    Sounds like you made the right choice with all that going on. I’m right there with ya and would like to do some more genealogy education but the time just isn’t there. Good luck with your hectic schedule and your goals.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - September 10, 2011 - 9:49 am

      Thanks for reassuring me Christopher. I know that I made the right choice and that I would have regretted being pulled in yet another direction right now. My time will come!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Coffin - September 10, 2011 - 9:43 am

    Your time will come. In the mean time, you could always read the Professional Genealogy textbook that goes with the class.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - September 10, 2011 - 9:48 am

      I might just do that Amy. I have owned the book for about 6 years and I did read it when I first purchased it, but it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since. :)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - September 10, 2011 - 8:56 pm

    I’m exactly with you. I have it on My List. For Someday. But now there is just not enough time in the days.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Clark - September 12, 2011 - 11:54 am

    You’re so wise, Jen. Unto each day…ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - September 13, 2011 - 12:23 pm

    Another affirmation here about your decision, Jen, and mine comes from an “older” season of life. Here’s my take on the last 30+ years of my genealogy bug…I see it in decades now, and the perspective helps. I, too, was researching and contacting family while raising my children, somewhat as a sanity point I think;) During that second decade, they were junior and senior high age, so many activities held me nicely captive. In the third decade I’ve awakened to wonderful opportunities with the internet, and have more flexibility to consider trips for research and visiting family — and I SO look forward to both in the coming months and years.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Holik-Urban - September 14, 2011 - 5:29 am

    Sorry to hear you are unable to start ProGen right now. I’m more than half finished – we end in April. It has been a wonderful experience but if my life was any crazier and busy I would not be able to do it. Definitely takes committed time each month. You could buy the book if you haven’t already and read some of the chapters though depending on what your goals are right now.ReplyCancel

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These past two weeks have gone by so quickly, that I can barely remember what I did!!  They were busy ones, that’s for sure.

I missed out on my Follow Friday post last week, so this week will have my favorite posts from the past TWO weeks.:)  We were busy hiking at the Gila Cliff Dwellings this past Friday.  It was a beautiful long drive out there – and we saw TREES!  Yes, I’m suffering from severe tree deprivation here in El Paso.:)  Here are a couple of pics from our trip…

And now on to my favorite posts.

Well, that’s it for this week!!  Hope you have a great weekend.:)
    • Cherie Cayemberg - September 9, 2011 - 5:34 am

      Gorgeous pics as usual, Jenn! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kerry Scott - September 9, 2011 - 6:06 am

      Thank you so much (and LOVE the pictures too!)ReplyCancel

    • Yvette Porter Moore - September 9, 2011 - 6:31 am

      Love the pics, and the top notch blogs to follow. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Erin - September 9, 2011 - 10:11 am

      I love that cave picture! Thanks for linking to that post about Hazel – I enjoyed finding out about hairstyling, and wanted to share a bit about it.ReplyCancel

    • Brenda Leyndyke - September 12, 2011 - 5:04 pm

      Thanks for the mention of my blog posts at FGS. I am just now catching up on my blog reading.ReplyCancel

    • Greta Koehl - September 12, 2011 - 9:00 pm

      Thank you for the mention, Jenn! And those pictures are fabulous!ReplyCancel

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    Sorry about the quality of this picture.  It’s a photo of an old photo.

    My grandpa is the Marine in the middle  – the one holding the pineapple.:)  My guess is that this was taken in Hawaii.

    • Debi Austen - September 7, 2011 - 12:38 pm

      Proof positive that there is such a thing as a free lunch!ReplyCancel

    • Shaz - September 7, 2011 - 1:25 pm

      The look SOOOOO young.ReplyCancel

    • Sheryl - September 8, 2011 - 2:02 pm

      Great photo! It’s so easy to think of grandparents as always being elderly. It’s so much fun to have photos of ancestors that provide clues about their younger days.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - September 8, 2011 - 8:49 pm

      Yes, they do look SOOOOOO young. Way to young to be fighting in such a horrible war. :( My grandpa joined straight out of high school.ReplyCancel

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    I just wanted to say “Have Fun for me!!!” to everyone who is headed to FGS this week.

    I really wish that I could make it, but I would be dragging my kids with me.  While I did take Ellie, my oldest, to NGS this year – I don’t think that anyone would appreciate a trail of 5 kids following me from class to class.  Especially not my very loud 3 yr old.:)

    I can’t wait to read all of your posts about how wonderful it was.  Take lots of pictures, because I’m living vicariously through you!!

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