A pledge made public

While I wait for my father’s ashes to return so that we might have a funeral, I have made some changes for the better during this time as well. My focus is less on grief, more on memories, my focus is less on loss and more on replacing it with all I’ve gained in knowing my dad, and making the memory of our loved ones be our guides, with us striving to make them proud. I want to give my children many of the things I didn’t have as a child; an identity, community, culture, spirituality, and much more. 

I pledge to go good, be good, do good, and to think good, to live up to my dad’s expectations and the kindness he was known for. I pledge to pursue a deeper journey into my heritage, and to expose my kids and wife to it as well, working together to form a Jewish household. I pledge to be an even better husband and father each and every day, and a constant source of benefit to my friends and family.

I pledge to focus on my health and fitness, as well as teaching my kids and involving them more about staying fit and being healthy. I pledge to live a more spiritually inclined life, to be in the moment of each day, experiencing life through its joys and struggles. I pledge to be a better version of myself every day, in mind, in body, and in spirit, and to strive to make sure I continue down this road always and through everything. 

To these things, I pledge to be true and faithful; for family, for heritage, for love, for myself!

My next charity run and update

Charity race

As many know I have been doing virtual races to keep in shape and let’s face it, in the age of Covid-19, it’s the safest way to race. My next race is coming up March, 1st, 2021 in the form of the American Shamrock Race, which benefits St. Jude’s Children’s research hospital. This is a Nationwide event and for a cause that couldn’t be better to support. 

If you want to show your support, click the link above and enter, you can walk, run, and even cycle your way to the finish line. It’s a great way to help others, get in shape, and get some really awesome swag at the same time!

More Ancestry information

Through uploading my raw DNA to a few other services, I’ve found out even more regarding my ancestry, and it’s amazing. 

When it comes to ancient cultures, a majority of my ancestors were Celts and Gauls. I also share 97% of my DNA with Cheddar man, the oldest body found in the United Kingdom (7,150 B.C.). 

Exciting AncetryDNA finds

Back story

My blood-related father left my mother and me at two-years-old and I grew up never having known him or what I ethnically am. Several years passed and I kept mentioning wanting to do an AncestryDNA kit and for Christmas 2020, my wife Lady Samantha brought me a kit. I immediately completed the kit and mailed it in and we’d waited… TODAY… my results finally came in and there were some large shocks there.

First looks

I immediately got the butterfly feeling in the pit of my stomach, a combination of excitement and nervousness filled me, as soon as I saw that my results were ready.

The above image is the results of my DNA test and immediately I was told to disregard anything under 5% from all sources I’d read and watched via youtube. There were a few very shocking parts to my ethnicity (at least to me anyway) that I was not expecting. When I say “Exciting AncetryDNA finds,” I truly meant it!

The results

Growing up I was told I am German, English, and maybe a bit of Irish… no mention of Scottish, Jewish, or Russian. My predominant ethnicity is Scottish… which was the first shocking revelation. Secondly, I am Irish, Scottish, and Irish make up over half of my total ethnicity in my DNA…just WOW!

English was not shocking, but European (Ashkenazi) Jewish definitely was a shock. I have no family members who are practicing the Jewish faith, nor anyone who has ever mentioned this to me, so I assume it was on my father’s side of the family. This gives me something to study more and look into more deeply, as I want to know about all sides of who I am.

German is well documented in my family, my great grandmother was off the boat… but Russian?!?!? I had no idea and although it isn’t a large part of my ethnic makeup, it is something I want to know more about. This is all a lot to process and trust me I am still processing it as I type this out.

I am getting to know…me!