We love visiting Moncton and try to get there a few times a year. The vibes, entertainment, food and city as a whole are great. I turned 50 in May of this year and decided no big parties (cause you know who ends up cleaning up after them). What I really wanted to do was have a true Casino experience. Vegas isn’t an option for us right now, so we decide to head to Moncton. Yes, there is a casino in Halifax, but we prefer Moncton.
This would be the start to three nights celebrating and it was fantastic. They upgraded us to a Marquis Suite and left a few treats in the room.
By the time all was said and done, it cost us nothing to go and we still had a few extra dollars in our pockets. Great way to start the celebrations!
As a 50th birthday present to myself, I decided to do a DNA test through MyHeritage. I have always known my paternal ancestry for the most part, we are Acadian, but my mother is adopted so I have never known nothing of that side. I feel like part of my history and what I am is missing. I certainly don’t need to meet or engage with anyone. The grandparents, aunt and uncle I have are some of the best people I know. I don’t need any more than what I already have. It’s the history and the where, not the who that I am interested in. I want to know where I come from. Who I am.
I always said that I would love to the visit the places of my ancestry, a pilgrimage if you will. But honestly I wasn’t prepared for the results. Scandinavian? Like what? Although, my son said if I was a Viking that would explain a lot. Not sure that was a compliment.
So now I find myself on a journey and when I get into it I can’t stop. I had to force myself to take a break from it over the summer. So many names in my DNA matches that aren’t familiar to me and some very surprising ones that are. I have had a few really incredible email contacts as well.
As well as I know my father’s side, I didn’t know much about his mother and her side. I have also made some pretty interesting discoveries there to.
I plan to retire in 2019, and for my first order of business I plan to start mapping out what I find. I want to build a tree for my children so they know where they come from.
That should be an interesting journey!
For now though it’s time to move on to less serious stuff!