Family Reflections

My sister Mary did the ancestry research and discovered that our bloodline includes the hearty people of Norway, German, Irish, and a scant of American Indian. I was named after my mother’s mother Barbara Herzig. In 1979 I traveled to Germany to meet my mother and she took me to her childhood village in the Eiffel mountains of Germany to her hometown of Shuen Ecken. My grandmother Barbara was taken care of by her neighbor Lilly. When we arrived we shared coffee and cake and Lilly gave me the family heirloom. The bed warmer that was passed down through the generations. Traditionally once received as a wedding gift, you pass it along to your daughter.  Well I only had a son, so I passed it along to Diana, my bridesmaid, who has a daughter named Katie. As God would have it, Ruthie Castenada moved next door to me in Stockton, California. Her daughter adopted me as her Abuela and I am entirely grateful to the Father who arranged our union, for His purpose!

1 Barb ancestors

Reflections of my German heritage, my family, and my many, many blessings!


The family I inherited -Mike’s brother Steve, his sister Paula and grand niece Kate. A few childhood memories FAM BAM MEMORIES

Reflecting on my German ancestors, my family, and my Spirit filled family in Mexico


Eternal friends Sacha, Susanna, Charlotte, Marcia, Myra, Kaylee, Carol, Gloria, Janice, Nancy, Carol, Ellie, Priscilla and Lori – My Mexican Sparkling Sisterhood.


Tea Party in San Nicolas de Ibarra for the annual Fashion Show at the Chapala Yacht Club.

via Photo Challenge: Reflecting

3 thoughts on “Family Reflections

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  2. Such sweet memories of yesterday as we look forward to Who is most certainly yet to return again. Psalm 103 – Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.❤️


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