Sunday, November 13, 2011

Serendipity Encore - A Family Heirloom?

First there was the wonderful moment of serendipity discovering stained glass windows dedicated to my ancestors in their family church. Then later the same day, I was talking to my ancestors asking them to give up their secrets.

Is it a coincidence that four days later, while I was a the library with the kids no-less, that I received a phone call from a total stranger offering me a family heirloom?  Of course, you can say it was a total coincidence.  Or you might consider that my ancestors took pity on me and decided to throw me a crumb.

I received the call from a man named Steve (I would write his last name but I'm afraid I would spell it wrong) from Long Island. When he first started talking he asked if I was an Edwards descendant.  I was a little suspicious at this point because in the past when people have asked me that they wanted to sell me something for a lot of money.

But Steve kept talking and never mentioned money so I started to relax.  He said he's had an Edwards family heirloom (I'm not going to tell what it is until it arrives) for the last 30 years.  He did say that the item dated from 1868 and contained some family history.  And what's more, he wanted to reunite the item with the Edwards family.  He still didn't ask me for any money so I offered to pay for shipping and he declined.

Steve wasn't able to sent it right away. The waiting has been keeping me in a frenzied state.  I got a text message from Steve yesterday saying that he mailed it that morning and it should arrive in a few days.

So many questions are running through my head!  Will the heirloom answer any long standing family mysteries?  Will it solve the brick wall regarding my immigrant ancestor, William Edwards? Will it provide new family information?

I will do my best not to desperately check the mail box every day this week but it will be hard to contain my excitement.

In the meantime, I'm going to hold off saying what it is until it arrives.  Then I'll share a photo with everyone.

I'm classifying this one under serendipity!

Photo Credit: photo by jessicacasetorres and used under the creative commons license


  1. I'm on tenterhooks! Hope you receive it and post about it soon!

  2. The suspense is killing me...cant wait to see what it is! And I don't think it was a coincidence either.

  3. Over the last ten years I've had experiences like that (usually by email, but one was by phone). No one asked for money, and none would even take postage fees. This is the list of "stuff" I received in return: a 1796 will on parchment paper, a diary, an 1830 account book, adoption papers, photographs, a CD of scanned photographs, books (many books from different people), and most important INFORMATION leading to breaking down brick walls. Thanks goodness for the internet for making it all possible, and congratulations on joining the club! I can't wait to see what goody you received!

  4. Wonderful! I think I will have a talk with my ancestors tonight.

  5. Oooh goody! Give into temptation! check the mailbox everyday until it arrives. After all, inquiring minds want to know.

  6. can't wait to find out what you get!

  7. If you don't check the mailbox we'll do it for you :-) Can't wait to see what it is!

  8. Has it arrived yet?????

    (Sorry, could not resist!)