Hello to you. Hope this finds you doing well today. No drawings to share today as yesterday we had a nice visit with family and hopefully made a new friend! My mother-in-law gave me some chalk she had bought for me at Easter so that will help with drawings today!
The weather yesterday was really pleasant because of the rain we received – helped cool things down! My mother-in-law Beth made some bbq pulled pork in the crockpot and a blueberry crumble pie that was really good! She also mixed up some more Chai Tea powder for my brother-in-laws girlfriend to try and take home with her. It is really tasty and makes quite a bit for the amount of ingredients going in to it:
Blueberry crumble pie recipe my mother-in-law found online. Very good!
If you like Chai Tea, this recipe my mother-in-law found online is really tasty and makes quite a bit of powder.
My mother-in-law Beth is our family genealogist, could probably make a sweet living doing it and she really enjoys doing it. Well she let us know yesterday that Ancestry.com had done some updates to their system and how they analyze the DNA samples. When we submitted our samples in 2016, they had may be 3,000 reference samples and now they have like 16,000 ref samples to compare and refine their data and the world map. They now have 380 possible regions to work with – 17 new ones. As they get more samples I’m sure they will be able to refine things even more.
Some interesting things happened for both Kyle and I. Kyle is now more in line with the results his parents got and I am much more in alignment with what my Dad has found out in his genealogy research and the research my Grandma Becker had done prior to her death. Grandma did her research on her father’s mother’s side of the family, the Maxfields and Huffs. The furthest back she got was to a Samuel Wylie of Scotch blood, who came to America from the north of Ireland in 1759 and died Oct 15, 1777. His wife Mary died in 1798. They had 5 children. She didn’t have Ancestry.com and those type of search engines to use when she did her research either! Very impressive I think!
Anyhew! If you have an Ancestry.com account and have submitted a DNA sample and haven’t checked your account in awhile like we hadn’t, you might want to! It’s really interesting finding out these sort of things as sometimes it gives you an insight about may be why you have tendencies or interests towards certain things. For example why you like certain foods beyond just growing up eating them.
43% Germanic Europe, 36% England and Wales (increase of 31% from previous analysis!), 15% Eastern Europe and Russia, 4% Baltic States and 2% Ireland and Scotland (decrease by 5% from previous analysis). Migrations: Germans from Russia. Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana Settlers. No longer in estimates for me: Scandanavia, Iberian Peninsula, Finland/Northwest Russia, Caucasus and European Jewish.
40% England and Wales, 34% Ireland and Scotland (was 41%), 21% Germanic Europe, 3% Baltic States and 2% Norway. Migrations: New York settlers. No longer in estimates: Caucasus, Europe South, Iberian Peninsula, Africa North, Finland/Northwest Russia.
Interesting stuff. Kyle and I found out with the research his mom has done that he’s related to, in the very distant cousins sense Mark Twain, Barak and Michelle Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon and Donald Trump lol. A lot of her family came over on the Mayflower so it makes sense. On Kyle’s profile he’s got like 56 circles which amounts to like 26,000 or so people he’s some kind of relation to lol! His mom has found so many interesting stories and has actually gone on to meet some living relatives in the area – extended, extended, very extended family but family! I think it’s fantastic she’s doing this. She’s almost got all her stuff together to become a member of the Mayflower society – pretty big deal:
https://www.themayflowersociety.org/ – link to the site
General Society of Mayflower Descendants
Founded in 1897
In 1620, a brave group of 102 men, women and children sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower, searching for a life of religious and civic freedom. To honor Pilgrim ancestors and keep their story alive, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants was created in 1897. Membership requires proof of lineage from one of the passengers who traveled to America on this historic voyage in 1620.
Through the years, the Mayflower Society has established a network of more than 150,000 descendants all over the world who form lifelong bonds, cherish the sacred memory of our ancestors and continue on their legacy through purpose, preservation, and education.
Celebrating the Pilgrim Spirit
More than one hundred years ago, a group of descendants of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, saw the need for a national society to honor their memory. The intention was to remember these Pilgrims who established Plymouth Colony.
Today there are tens-of-millions of individuals descended from these brave souls. It is the goal of The Mayflower Society to join together people who share this heritage and to carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors.
The group of 102 passengers who crowded aboard Mayflower for the crossing was not homogenous. Many of the passengers were members of the Leiden congregation, but they were joined by a number of English families or individuals who were hoping to better their life situations, or were seeking financial gain. These two general groups have sometimes been referred to as the “saints” and “strangers”.
Although the Leiden congregation had sent its strongest members with various skills for establishing the new colony, nearly half of the passengers died the first winter of the “great sickness.”
I had a lot of dreams last night. None of them were about unicorns and rainbows – pretty intense. I apologize if these are hard to follow but I like to write them down and share them to get them out of my head.
One was about a fight and the throwing of ketchup and mustard. Then there was like being in an action movie. I was warning some man about the maid and there was hiding in the place where there was a stack of white hotel towels. (My brother-in-laws, father-in-law, Kyle and I got into a pretty intense “discussion” about the 2nd amendment and guns yesterday. In the end, as always, we came away loving each other and agreeing to disagree.)
Then I dreamt about brushing our dog Sam who passed several years ago now. There was blood and he had a weird bite or weird shaped imprint on his side that was bleeding. I carried him past what seemed to be intelligent ants. We crossed in front of a lions den/cave and I remembered being afraid the lion would come out and get Sam. (My mother-in-law got bit in real life yesterday by an ant and it upset me – trigger I guess!)
The dream before I woke up was something out of the movie Constantine. In the dream I guess I was a demon hunter. I had a dark green pick up I drove. I found myself in a room with other people. I fell asleep. There was something about finding my purse and then this woman turning on all these super white round bulbs that filled the room. I realized I wasn’t suppose to be there as I hadn’t paid for the class on aliens that seemed to be going on. I tried to apologize to the woman. She wouldn’t make eye contact with me. She had very unusual non-human golden eyes. She just came up to me and said in my ear, “Mind the original sin.” As I walked out I said, “thank you angel” with emphasis on the angel part. What was in my mind in the dream when she said what she did was “Thou shall not covet.” I left this woman (angel) and room and was going to go over to a CVS across the street to get a Bible “to keep track of these things” but I didn’t make it. I was back in the green truck. The roads were filled with demons and billions of skulls just started rising up. I was in a shitty apartment trying to explain my absences just before I woke up from this dream, I said, “I’m working.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_sin – this is just one of MANY explanations for the concept of original sin. I have always had trouble with these concepts because it’s awful to think of living a life of never being good enough even after you die. What’s the point of trying to be a good person then if you are already damned no matter what?! They say the death of Christ was supposed to fix these problems but has it? I’ll leave it there.
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Original sin, also called “ancestral sin“, is a Christian belief of the state of sin in which humanity exists since the fall of man, stemming from Adam and Eve‘s rebellion in Eden, namely the sin of disobedience in consuming the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This condition has been characterized in many ways, ranging from something as insignificant as a slight deficiency, or a tendency toward sin yet without collective guilt, referred to as a “sin nature”, to something as drastic as total depravity or automatic guilt of all humans through collective guilt.
The concept of original sin was first alluded to in the 2nd century by Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon in his controversy with certain dualist Gnostics. Other church fathers such as Augustine also developed the doctrine, seeing it as based on the New Testament teaching of Paul the Apostle (Romans 5:12–21 and 1 Corinthians 15:21-22) and the Old Testament verse of Psalms 51:5. Tertullian, Cyprian, Ambrose and Ambrosiaster considered that humanity shares in Adam’s sin, transmitted by human generation. Augustine’s formulation of original sin was popular among Protestant reformers, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin, who equated original sin with concupiscence (or “hurtful desire”), affirming that it persisted even after baptism and completely destroyed freedom, although Augustine said that free will was weakened but not destroyed by original sin. The Jansenist movement, which the Catholic Church declared to be heretical, also maintained that original sin destroyed freedom of will. Instead the Catholic Church declares “Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, erases original sin and turns a man back towards God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle.” “Weakened and diminished by Adam’s fall, free will is yet not destroyed in the race”