A big Adventure thanks to Mum

Very soon, my little family (my Husband Bruce, my son Jay and I) are taking off on a big adventure. I have chosen to invest my share of Mum’s superannuation fund in my family, a pilgrimage exploring the parts of the UK that our ancestors came from, that Mum worked so hard to track down. We will visit Elgin, where my Great Great Grandfather came from, (the father of the Marie referred to in the name of this blog). We will visit County Clare where Susan Kelleher (the Susan that Mum was “Seeking” per the Blog Name) and I will trek up Crag Rd, Windhill, where my Grandfather lived and my Mum explored in the late 90’s.

We will visit some of the places that I explored with my Mum 21 years ago in Ireland – Corofin, Galway and Dublin being three of the favourites. This is where I will celebrate the fact that I have managed to survive an entire year without my Mum. A very fitting place to do so.

We will catch up with Sean Whelan, an elderly gentleman who Mum and I met in Corofin all those years ago and we believe to be a distant relative, but have never found the proof. We will also meet another distant relative of mine – by marriage – Mandy Burton, who became a very dear friend of my Mum’s and has been somewhat of a mother figure to me since Mum died, checking in from afar to make sure I am ok.

We will also be going to two of the Ashes matches – one in Cardiff and one in London as well as spending six days in London visiting Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and many more London sights, which we have all wanted to do.

There has been a lot of planning and organising over the last six months or so and now it is nearly here.

I am filled with a mixture of excitement and trepidation – just how will I cope with this big adventure so closely tied to my Mum without her here to share the joy of it with?

Only time will tell. Wish me luck!

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About kirra111

I am in my early 40's with a loving husband and a son. I came in to the blogging world recently when my much loved Mum (Catherine Crout-Habel) passed away. Genealogy and blogging became Mum's life in her later years when her body started failing her. Her blog is her legacy and I couldn't let it die with her.

33 thoughts on “A big Adventure thanks to Mum

  1. Catherine would be smiling and telling you not to forget this one or that one.. Have a wonderful time, she will guide you all the way.

  2. Sounds like you are going to have a good time looking up your ancestors. The wife and I would love to be able to fly over to the UK. My ancestors came from the area around Somerset. Have a great week. ๐Ÿ™‚ Jim

    • Thanks Jim. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the areas that I know our family came from especially in Scotland and England which I have never seen. Then I’m looking forward to reliving the memories I made with Mum and sharing them with my boys. Hopefully you too will get the chance one day.

  3. Oh Kirrily you have just brought tears to my eyes. I am sure you will enjoy this journey and what a fitting way to celebrate all the hard work Catherine did in finding your ancestors and opening the door for you Bruce and Jay to be able to travel down this road.Catherine will be so much in your thoughts and heart as you take this epic journey into the past, I can hear her saying go Kirrily go and enjoy.

    • Thanks Mandy. We are all so looking forward to it and we can’t wait to meet you. Much love and thanks for all you do and continue to do.


    • Thanks Kylie. Yes, a truly magical experience I believe and the perfect time to do it with Jay who is 10 – old enough to appreciate the importance, young enough to still want to hang out with Mum and Dad. xx

  4. Catherine will be so proud of you bringing your family together to honour all her research and the generations that went before. I’m sure there’ll be tears at times but she’ll be cheering you on. Have a great time and let us know how it goes.

    • Thanks Gallivanta, I’m sure she will.I’ll just have to try to let her guide me and not sweat the small stuff. x

  5. What a wonderful way to honour your mum. I hope you have the time of your lives; Catherine would be so proud of you, and I’m sure her spirit will be with you every step.

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

      • I keep meaning to mention to you that I published the first volume of letters my grandparents’ wrote during WWII. Since your mom was one of my earliest and greatest fans, I mentioned her in the acknowledgements at the end of the book.

      • Oh, that is wonderful. How special to have recognised her on such a way. That brings me such happiness. How do I buy a copy? Thank you for taking the time to tell me.

      • I found it. I used my Noggin (as Mum would say) and looked on your blog. However, it is not available on Amazon.com.au, only Aamazon.com. I found the acknowledge,mets page. It’s lovely, thank you. Yes, I’m sure many people miss her enthusiasm on their blogs. She just loved reading people’s writing, especially if it was of a historical nature. I’m not surprised she was with you from the beginning.

      • The title of the book is Dear Mother, Love Daddy: the WWII letters of Roscoe and Gladys Yegerlehner (volume 1) by me (Deborah Sweeney).

  6. How exciting! It doesn’t sound like you will have time to chase up any Scottish family history leads while you are here, but if I can help, please just ask – I research pretty much daily in Edinburgh (all the Scottish records are held there) and I could have a rummage for you in my tea break ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Unfortunately, because we are covering so much area, we really won’t have too much time in Scotland at all. Definitely getting to Elgin where my Great Great Grandfather came from though.

    • Hi Jo. I spent a bit of time going through the Scottish heritage that Mum worked tirelessly to uncover last night. I realised that she had worked out most things, but her biggest stumbling block was where John Ogilvie is buried. She wrote a blog post “Where’s a John?”. If there is any way you could help me solve this mystery this would be fantastic. Could you read the blog post and let me know what you think?

  7. Hi there, So pleased to hear of your journey to Ireland. I am sure your Mum would be extremely thrilled for you. I am green with envy.

    My connection to your family is through Susan Rowanโ€™s line, via her daughter Bridget. I would love to learn of your exploits in County Clare and any findings re our Susan. Enjoy your wonderful adventure and please keep me “in the loopโ€™.

    Regards, Christine Shears

    • Yes, very pleased to be getting back to Ireland. This time we are going to Derry, Mum and I didn’t get to Northern Irland at all in our visit, so that will be new. The rest is to introduce my family to the Beautiful Emerald Isle and revisit some of the places Mum and I found together. Very exciting

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