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Lovechild 17: A Fairytale Romance

He was 26, a quiet country boy with only grade 8, still living with his very religious mother and working at a job he didn’t like. She was 27, a thoroughly modern girl who’d left home at 16 to work at Eaton’s, and loved to be out dancing. But it was love at first sight for these two very different people.

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LoveChild 14b: Our Sherritt / Baird Heritage Pt. 2

“We’re all ghosts. We all carry, inside us,people who came before us.”Liam Callanan, The Cloud Atlas In Part 1 (my last post), which was primarily about our Sherritt ancestors, I mentioned that George Sherritt married Sarah Jane Baird in 1873.   Side Note – In case, like me, you’re wondering why so many first names […]

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LoveChild 13: Our Shaw / Brown Heritage

“No journey is too great if you find what you seek.”Anonymous Since Dad rarely spoke about his background, almost everything I know about it was told to me by my mother (and inevitably coloured by her perspective), picked up through my own observations, or overheard when members of Dad’s family were talking.  In addition, the Shaw […]

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LoveChild 12: My Mother’s Story

“I’m just kind of taking whatever life gives me and hoping that I make the right decision.”Amy Smart Margaret MacDonald, my mother, left home when she was 16 to go to the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and start a new life. On the surface, her story was a simple one.  Eldest child of a 17-year-old mother […]

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LoveChild 11: My Mother’s Parents, Bruce and Alice MacDonald

“You don’t stumble upon your heritage. It’s there, just waiting to be explored and shared.”Robbie Robertson Read my post about Bruce’s family – Our MacDonald / Casselman Heritage.Read my post about Alice’s family – Our Agnew / Shaw Heritage.Wapella, SaskatchewanAs I indicated in the two previous posts, Alice was born in Wapella, Saskatchewan, and had […]

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Lovechild 10: Our Agnew / Shaw Heritage

“Do not diminish who you are. Your gender, your heritage, your identity. That’s what makes you unique.” Strong by Kailin Gow The Agnew FamilyI realize this part of my story might be of interest to only a small number of people, so feel free to skip it. My focus isn’t on finding out all the details […]

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LoveChild 9: Our MacDonald / Casselman Heritage

“All of our ancestors live within each one of us whether we are aware of it or not.” Laurence Overmire My mother’s heritage/ancestry was very important to her. She often reminisced about the few stories she’d heard. Especially her father’s side of the family.So, before we go further, I’m going to share with you some […]

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LoveChild 8: My Extended Family

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”Jane Howard, “Families” Of course, my parents weren’t all alone in the world. So I also gained two new extended families. While none of them lived near us during my first year, […]

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LoveChild 7: My Adoption Is Complete

“My life has been shaped by the decision two people made over 24 years ago. They decided to adopt a child. They got me, and I got a chance at the kind of life all children deserve.”Karen Fowler, Reflections on Motherhood The wait was almost over…As I mentioned last week, I’m sure waiting for my […]

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