I suppose I’ll begin with introductions.
I’m Caleb. My beautiful, amazing, brilliant, adorable wife is Pam. We’ve been married for nearly 18 years (has it really been that long?). Somewhere in that time we managed to bring four wonderful children into the world.
Nathan is our oldest at 13. He is super involved. He plays cello for orchestra, bass for jazz band, and piano for his family. He loves to act and sing. And scouts. He loves being a Boy Scout. Not sure where he gets that from, but he is a total scout nerd. Maybe it’s scout geek—I don’t know—I’ll ask him. Ok, Nathan says scout nerd. He also said the correct terms are: band geek, drama kid, and orchedork. Whatevs.
Tommy is 11. He is nearly as busy as Nathan. They have been in several plays together. Tommy plays piano and trumpet. He is also trying to learn guitar. He likes scouts too. He’s a bit of a daredevil. About a month ago he jumped his grandpa’s four-wheeler into a canal. Totaled the machine, but he and his cousin on the back swam out unscathed. Good thing Tommy keeps us laughing. He needs that little talent sometimes. He’s actually pretty hilarious. That’s one reason he makes friends so easily. Tommy’s a really great friend.
Miriam comes next. She’s 7 and super sweet. She always has a kind word or a hug waiting for us when we’re having a bad day. She and her sister are involved in Girl Scouts. Miriam is a talented little artist who loves to make crafts in school and 4H. One of her favorite things to do is color intricate adult coloring books. She also loves to stage puppet shows for the family. Miriam wants to be a dancer. She is very graceful. I wish we had the time and money to put her into dance lessons.
Katie is the baby of the family. She’s 5 going on 23. She’s an entertainer. Katie has a great little singing voice and we love to hear her make up songs and watch her dance all over the house. She has perfected her cartwheel. She’s also learning piano like her siblings. She loves to play dress up and pretend to be anything from a dainty princess to a hungry caterpillar. Katie has a big wit and an easy laugh.
Oh, and also we have a dog. His name is Miles. He doesn’t do much.
I work in a vocational training/rehabilitation program. I train people on proper work behaviors and help them get ready to find better work. It is a very challenging and very rewarding job. I love it.
Pam works for Mayo Clinic as a Medical Transcriptionist. She is blessed to work from home doing something that makes a difference in the world. She usually works when I’m off and vice-versa. So, we don’t get to see much of each other. But that makes the time we do spend together much sweeter.
When we do have time together, Pam and I are building a small business. It’s very time-consuming and challenging. More on that later.
That’s us in a nutshell. We’ve got our share of challenges and problems. But overall, life is good. We love each other and we’re generally happy.
Cufflinks. Those groovy pieces of jewelry that hold dress shirt sleeves together. I wear cufflinks whenever I can get away with it. Because they look cool. And they’re fun to play with. They’re like fidget fashion accessories.
But that’s not what we mean by Cufflinks.
No, we’re talking about something much bigger. Much better. Much importanter (Yes, that’s a word—I just made it up.) We’re talking family here. Family stories. The oldest form of entertainment and information in the world (I think).
Cufflinks—these Cufflinks—are off-the-CUFF stories that LINK families. They’re our stories. Your stories. Ancestor’s stories. Stories of our parents, siblings and friends. Stories of anyone we can relate to.
And that’s the point of Cufflinks. Sharing stories that anyone can relate to. Because we’re all part of the Human family. And these stories are what make us human.
This is how it works. We will start blogging and vlogging about ourselves and our relatives. We’ll share our stories on social media like Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Cufflinksfamily.com. You will watch, read, like, subscribe, share, comment, etc. When you start engaging with us, you are adopted into the Cufflinks Family. Then you can upload your own stories to our blog at cufflinksfamily.com. Share with your Cufflinks Family brothers and sisters. Share with others so they can become part of the Cufflinks Family.
The goal is to grow this community as big as possible so we have a forum that connects us all. If you have a connection to a person, place, event, or other piece of history from one of the stories, let us know in the comments. We want to hear from you so everyone can see the remarkable ways we all relate. Who knows? You might just find your long-lost cousin. Or crazy uncle. Every family reunion needs a crazy uncle. You deserve to find yours. It’ll save you money on reunion entertainment.
Here’s the plan.
We will be launching a Youtube channel in the coming months. Every episode will feature family stories told in creative ways. We’ll try to inform and entertain. Occasionally, we want to feature stories from other Cufflinks Family members on our videos. We’ll share other social media posts and links. Your job is to engage with us and invite your family and friends to join us. You might, for example, see a story about someone that knew your ancestor. Then you could send out a mass email to everyone who might be interested. The email might read something like this:
Dear Family and Friends,
Please check out this video (link below). It’s about the guy that swindled Uncle Grampa out of his prairie dog ranch. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You can learn more at cufflinksfamily.com.
Your loving son, brother, cousin, and crazy uncle,
I hope that sharing this wonderful video with you might absolve me from the 20-year grudge many of you still hold against me. The flaming banana experiment was just that—an experiment. Don’t you think it’s time to forgive and let live? Aunt Beverly’s hair has nearly grown back for Heaven’s sakes!
It’s not like she had a lot of hair to begin with.
And that’s it. Easy Peazy Lemon Squeezy.
I hope you enjoy Cufflinks as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.
Your loving blogger,
P.S. If anyone ever challenges you to a dare involving hairspray, bananas, and a tiki torch, just say no!
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