For Christmas Mom Heiselt gave us some family history documents. One was a history of her father’s life written by her mother, the other a letter from Micah’s great-great grandparents Hyrum and Magdelena Heiselt, written to their posterity in the early 1900s. In the letter they wrote that they had been married by my great-great-great grandfather, Archibald Gardner (which was very exciting for me to find out), but more importantly to this blog, they wrote about how grateful they were to live in a time of such great technological advancements. I’ve been thinking about all the things that have changed since they were here and wondering what they would think of their “great technological advancements” today. Of course, they witnessed things like the railroads, electricity, indoor plumbing, automobiles and probably many other things that are so commonplace today that we hardly think about them. But what would they think if they could look over my shoulder while I’m at work and see me talking to Micah, who’s sitting at his desk on the other side of the island, chatting with each other (intermittently, of course; we wouldn’t want to slack off on the job) almost as if we were merely in different rooms? Or if they could see how we hand each other documents through e-mail almost as quickly as if we were just handing it to each other? Or if they could see us talking on our cell phones on our lunch break, almost as if we were walking side by side, rather than 30 miles apart? I sure do feel blessed to live in an age of such technological advancements that allow me to be with my husband all day even though we can’t see each other.