"A family tree can wither if nobody tends its roots."


Welcome Home

by  Phyllis Zeck

del principe, winikeWhen my sister Lori and I decided to sell our homes and purchase a new house together we had to say goodbye to some of our excess belongings. However, sending certain pieces of furniture and knick knacks to new homes was not an option. Lori had furnished her spare bedroom in Utah with our mother’s bed and two dressers along with other keepsakes which she isn’t yet ready to part with. Our new guest bedroom is now called Grandma Corinne’s Room. 

When the movers brought our mom’s chair inside we were debating where to put it.  In the shuffle the chair landed in our upstairs hallway which happened to be the perfect spot for it. On our party days I’ve often found our teenagers (who are too old for the toy room and bored by adult prattle) lounging in the chair reading their books or their tablets. This makes my heart happy!

As we began hanging our photos this last winter we contemplated what to put above mom’s chair. Lori had a large photo that she was ready to discard but we decided to keep the frame and make a family tree collage.  We had so much fun placing the puzzle pieces of our favorite memories into the tree template. It was impossible to decide which photos to use as we created our design using Photoshop Elements. The last photo we slipped into the tree was a snapshot of some of mom’s great grandchildren sitting in her chair. We printed the matt at Costco and are so happy with the results. Lori ordered an engraved plate for the frame which says Winike & Del Principe Family Tree and glued it on. Every time I come up the stairs this new space says Welcome Home in so many ways.


4 Responses to Welcome Home

  1. 3 years ago by Lori Anderson

    Mom’s chair has seen a lot of memories in it’s day and now it is ready to see some new ones!

  2. 3 years ago by Val Ciolli Stockmar

    Congratulations on you and your sister living together, Phyllis!
    Love Grandma’s chair and the family tree
    collage above it. ❤❤

  3. 3 years ago by Holly Winike Hicks

    I love seeing mama’s chair every time I climb the stairs of my sisters new home. I always need to sit for a minute and smile.

  4. 2 years ago by Penny Lee

    Hi Phyllis, My name is Penny Lee. I have Lorenzo Ursitti 1796 on my tree. I think that maybe you have gone back a couple more generations from there. I am of the impression that Angelico Ursitti 1798 may be siblings. I have nothing to prove that. There are Baldassare’s on my tree. If you could let me know where you got that information, or if you have any documents. Do you have an Ancestry tree? I would be happy to share what I have. I have to say though, I love your website. It is perfect!


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