Friday, May 14, 2010

Family Tree Meme

It's been a while since I participated in the RevGals' weekly meme thing:

1. Do you have any interest in geneaology? My mom is the geneologist in the family. I find the stories that she shares interesting, but I myself haven't really partaken much.

2. Which countries did your ancestors come from? Germany, Sweden, France...those are the ones I know

3. Who is the farthest back ancestor whose name you know? My great-great grandfather, CoffeeGreatGreatGrandfather. Heh.

4. Any favorite saints or sinners in the group? That'd again be CoffeeGreatGreatGrandfather, who was a missionary from Sweden. He planted churches all over the place, and helped found the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination. I have his pocketwatch, which I proudly display. I don't really know of any "sinners" in my family lines.

5. What would you want your descendants to remember about you? Oh geez, I don't know. That I was devoted, even fiercely loyal. And that I patented an invisibility suit. But mostly the "devoted" thing.

Bonus: a song, prayer, or poem that speaks of family--blood or chosen--to you. Okay, I'm gonna go with Phineas and Ferb, if not just for a laugh:

The other song that comes to mind is a little cheesy, and causes me to dig back into my Christian music days. This is a song from the late '90s called "Always and Forever" by Raze, and there's a story behind it. When I was involved in a church praise band in college, someone had put this video on the overhead screen during one of our practices. Somebody commented on how scary the people looked. I was the guy in the group who liked the more alternative/punk/ska Christian bands, so somebody else replied, "Yeah, I bet Jeff likes it." As much pain as those years produced for me, they were also a time of great community and family. So I offer this video and story: