I am blessed with a heritage of love.
I come from a strong Ukrainian and Cherokee heritage. I am proud of the strength and family values that my parents have taught me because of their heritage. My mom was Ukrainian and my dad is Cherokee and Scottish ( but we only ever heard about the Cherokee side, I think mostly because as kids we thought it was so cool to be part Indian... actually I still do.)
This is a photo of my grandparents (my mom's parents) on their wedding day.
I love Bushie's veil, oh how I would love to see this in color.
I have been gifted with a cd of photos of my mom's family and I thought I would show you a few of my favorites. I am sorry to say that I don't have very many photos of my dad's family and the couple that I do have I don't have a way to share with you.
This is a good example of most of the photos,
everyone laughing and you can just feel the love between them.
The girl with the saddle shoes on is my mom along with a couple of her sisters, I'm not sure who the man in the photo is. They are in the kitchen of my Bushie's restaurant.
I used to love going there when I was little. I remember my Uncle Steve putting money in the jukebox and setting us kids up on the counter and getting us a soda.
He called me "owl eyes", nobody else ever did, just him and I loved it. He passed away when I was very young but those memories are dear to me.
This is my Bushie and my Aunt Sophie
my heart skipped a beat when I saw this photo.
My Uncle Leo and my mom, they were very close and she talked about him with much love.
His life ended tragically and much to early as he was hit by a car on his way back to his unit after coming home for Christmas. Mom missed him dearly for the rest of her time here.
My mom was the youngest of 11 children and I didn't get to meet a few of her older siblings.
I heard many stories growing up and when my mom and my Aunt Jane got together they were the best entertainment around as they reminisced about their family.
Oh my gosh, once they got started, I didn't want them to stop. They would laugh until they cried.
I loved those visits so much.
I hope you like the photos, I am so grateful to have them
and am enjoying looking back on where I came from,
Like I said...
I am blessed.
til next time,
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