Now I have a better sense of who the people were who lived near my ancestors. These were neighbors and fellow church members. They were there to help my ancestors in their time of need. They laughed with them and they cried with them. The names on this list just mean more now. Knowing their stories will help me further flesh out the lives of my ancestors.
I've been able to figure out where a few more of the names fit in on my family tree. I hope perhaps a descendant or two might find me and have a treasure trove of information regarding the Riverdale Community. Wouldn't that be nice :)?
I've also been trying to balance my time better by spending more time with the living, specifically my family. Kids are only young once. I want make sure I am a "present" when I am in their company. It's too easy to let distractions take you away. When I lose my focus, I remind myself to be still and just listen. Be there. Look at them. Love them. Just drink them all in. I am aware of the blessing that it is that they are ever thirsty for my attention and the attention of their Papa.
We spent some time at one of my favorite places on Sunday. I attended Binghamton University in the early 90's and loved hanging out in the nature preserve there. It's just one of those special quiet places where I can quickly get my thoughts in order and just chill.
I am happy that my kids love it there too.