Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My Ancestry DNA Results

Today is my 34th birthday. My sister Chandra gave me an early birthday present just after Mother's Day: an Ancestry DNA kit. She knew that I'd been interested in getting my DNA tested for several years, so when Ancestry ran a Mother's Day special and was selling the kits for $59 (instead of the usual $99), she bought three of themone for me, one for her, and one for her husband. She was too excited to wait to give it to me for my birthday, so she gave it to me as soon as it arrived. The three of us wasted no time in getting our kits ready. It was super easy; you just register online, spit in the little tube, seal it up, and mail it back to the lab. Your results are ready anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks later.

My results were no real surprise. I knew I largely had European roots, and that's what my results reflected. The one thing that did surprise me is that I didn't have more Irish ancestryI thought I did. I also found it interesting that the migration portion of the results showed that my people migrated to Pennsylvania. I DID have ancestors in Pennsylvania... in fact, that's where my dad was born.
Europe West 
Primarily located in: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein

Great Britain
Primarily located in: England, Scotland, Wales

Iberian Peninsula
Primarily located in: Spain, Portugal

Primarily located in: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey

Primarily located in: Sweden, Norway, Denmark

European Jewish
Primarily located in: Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Israel

Europe East
Primarily located in: Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia

Primarily located in: Ireland, Wales, Scotland

Europe South
Primarily located in: Italy, Greece

As excited as I was to get my DNA results, I think I was even more excited to see Chandra's. We obviously aren't biologically related, so hers was much more of mystery to me. Her husband, Joe, is Caucasian, but some of the Coleman family lore is that some of their ancestors were Native American, so I was eager to see if the test would confirm that as fact. Sadly, it did not. Too bad, because that would've been neat.

Here are their results:
It's amazing to me just how much your DNA can tell you about yourself and your ancestors. DNA is your own personal calling card, and it's been used to solve crimes decades after they've been committed. In fact, there is cutting-edge technology that has recently been developed that investigators have utilized where they take the DNA that's been recovered from crime scenes, and they use the different characteristics (that's not the right word, but I can't think of how to describe it) to come up with a composite picture of what the person would look like, based on what your DNA says about your heritage, and what your facial features would look like, etc. It's pretty amazing, and has aided law enforcement in nailing criminals. Don't go committing any crimes, because you never know when your DNA will be your downfall!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Another Royal Wedding

Prince Harry married Meghan Markle just over a week ago, on May 19. I didn't get up at 5 AM to watch, like I did for Prince William's wedding to Kate, but I did record the news coverage of it, and I started watching it as soon as I got up. I was excited to see what Meghan's wedding dress looked like. I expected her to wear a lavish wedding dress, but it was actually quite plain and subdued. I was a little disappointed in the dress, but it grew on me. After all, Meghan is gorgeous, so she really didn't need anything ornate or overly embellished. Prince Harry looked nice, as well, and he looked really happy. It's too bad that his mother, Princess Diana, wasn't alive to see her son get married, but I'm sure she was there in spirit.

Meghan and Harry's love story seems like a bit of a fairytale. She, an American actress, and he, a prince, met after being paired up on a blind date. They fell in love and  decided to get married. Meghan is 36 (the same age that Princess Diana was when she was tragically killed), and is a biracial divorcée. It wasn't long ago that a member of the royal family wouldn't have been allowed to marry a biracial divorcée, so their union is rather remarkable. Meghan's situation seems to parallel Grace Kelly, who was also an American actress who retired from acting after falling in love with and marrying Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

Some people on Facebook were complaining about all of the hype on TV surrounding the royal wedding, and they were saying they couldn't care less. I, personally, much rather hear about Meghan and Harry's wedding, than to hear about corrupt politicians, or the latest idiotic thing President Trump has said or done, or to hear about another school shooting, or another celebrity that has sexually abused women, or terrible natural disasters that are wreaking havoc in people's lives. At least this is happy news!

Here are some pictures from the big day: 
Introducing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex:
Here are Prince Charles and Camilla, along with Doria Ragland, mother of Meghan Markle. I thought Doria looked so pretty at the wedding.
There's nothing cuter than George and Charlotte, who were a page boy and bridesmaid in the wedding party.
Meghan changed into another dress for the reception. Again, not the kind of dress that I expected, but she looks beautiful:
Here are the formal wedding portraits released from Kensington Palace:
I also wanted to mention the happy news that Prince William and Kate had their third child on April 23, a boy named Louis Arthur Charles (Louis pronounced "Looey"). I was so happy when I heard that they were having another child. Here are pictures of Kate leaving the hospital, mere hours after giving birth.
I loved this picture of Charlotte holding her baby brother. 💗

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mother's Day '18

I am long overdue for a blog post, so I thought I would make a post about Mother's Day. We had such a relaxing day, and it was wonderful. The weather was a little too hot for my liking, since it was humid and in the 90's, but that's okay. At least it wasn't raining. 

We went to church in the morning, and had a great service. Later on, our bishop taught a special lesson about women, and there was a nice spread of fruits, vegetables, cheese/crackers, muffins, cookies, bagels, chocolates and things like that for the women to enjoy while we listened to his lesson.

My sister, Chandra, and her family came over for dinner. My mom made lasagna and a lemon mascarpone cream pie for dessert. Everything was really yummy! Chandra and I gave our mom two hanging flower baskets for the front porch.

Here are a few pictures:
My mom and two of her 26 grandkids:
We had a hard time getting a good picture of Chandra's family. It's difficult with wiggly children, as well as glasses that you are trying to avoid capturing a glare in.
Chandra and her cuties matched in denim and pink:
I tried to coordinate with my mom, who was wearing a new dress:
My older sisters are all really good moms, and I hope I would be as good at being a mom as they are if I had children of my own. Sometimes I see the parenting struggles that my sisters and friends have, and I wonder if I could do it and have my kids turn out okay. Being a mom is hard! I sure hope I could do it. Chandra has been in the mom business for fewer than three years, but she's a great mom, too. I'm so proud of how well she has taken to motherhood! Christian and Ruby are lucky to have her 💗💗💗

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ruby's Arrival

My sweet niece, Ruby Jane, was born last Wednesday (March 7). She weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. and was 21 inches. She was born via C-section, and the doctor had a bit of trouble getting her out, so he had to use the vacuum to suck her out. Ruby also inhaled a bit of fluid during the ordeal, which caused her to turn purple, but after getting a little oxygen, she pinked up. Here she is, just minutes old:
Proud parents:
Comparing Ruby to newborn pictures of Christian. In the second picture, it looks like Ruby is making the same face as Christian:
My mom and I went to the hospital to visit Chandra the next day:
Here's Chandra looking beautiful:
Joe took Christian to the hospital to meet Ruby the day after she was born:
All dressed and ready to go home:
Chandra's first stop after leaving the hospital was my house. I didn't mind getting to hold Ruby. I've got to enjoy holding her as much as I can, because before I know it she will be too heavy for me to have on my lap.
Welcome to the world and the family, Ruby!
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