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My name is Michelle Beckman.

I help busy families accumulate emotional wealth by hearing, seeing, and remembering their parents and grandparents as people who made a difference in this world before it’s too late.

I believe that everyone has a story to tell and every life has meaning. Some stories are entertaining. Some stories are inspiring. Some stories are educational. When told with heart, gratitude, and a willingness to help others, all stories have one thing in common… They can improve the emotional well-being of your family. Studies show that stories can help all members of a family experience long-term, genuine happiness as well as a strong sense of self-worth and belonging.

In fact, in his book, The Secret to Happy Families, Bruce Feiler explains that, “… children who have the most balance and self-confidence in their lives do so because… they know they belong to something bigger than themselves. … What generates the sense of attachment and emotional toughness is the process of hearing all those old stories and seeing yourself in the larger flow of your family.”

Preserving your parents’ and grandparents’ stories does not need to be difficult or something that you delay. When you learn simple legacy saving and sharing methods, all generations of your family will connect more fully. Deeper connections between generations can improve the self-esteem, confidence, resiliency, and optimism of all members of your family.

My approach to preserving personal histories helps individuals overcome their fears and begin saving their stories before it’s too late. I work with your parents and grandparents to save their stories as bite-size memoirs in a manner that appeals to your family members. Perhaps your family enjoys reading books, listening to CDs in the car, or watching movies on the television. Sunday Dinner Stories can produce your elder’s stories in any technology medium your family enjoys.

Do you have a family member who should share his story? Have you ever considered saving your legacy for your family? Have you started, but stalled your project? Have you started but are looking for new ways to remember, organize, preserve and creatively share your stories? If so, then signup for my free report:

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Ten Myths That
Prevent Families from Connecting Forever

This report outlines 10 of the most common reasons that people do not preserve their legacy. If you follow the suggestions for overcoming each myth, you’ll be on your way to connecting with all generations of your family forever.

This FREE report is perfect for individuals who:

  • Have never thought about their legacy
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Current Issue of the 4Ever Connected Blog

Who Cares about Dad’s Ordinary Heirlooms?

Pop-Pop-Pop's ToolsReading Time:  About 3.5 minutes Audience:  Baby Boomers, Busy moms (and dads), Grandparents & Great-grandparents

After I attended our Association of Personal Historians conference in Washington, D.C. last November, I drove back to Massachusetts and stopped overnight at my mother-in-law’s house. Her 90-something parents, my husband’s grandparents, moved from their single-family home to a beautiful, independent living community a couple of weeks before my visit.

Aside from spending some alone time with my mother-in-law, I was on a mission – an heirloom mission. When we heard that Pop-Pop-Pop and Mom-Mom-Mom (Pop3 and Mom3) were moving, my husband immediately requested Pop3s tools. As a young boy, my husband spent quite a bit of time with Pop3 and Mom3. In addition to activities like playing cards, enjoying the beach, and venturing off to amusement parks, Pop3 taught my husband how to use all kinds of tools – hammers, chisels, saws, planes, rakes, hedge trimmers, post hole diggers, etc.

One summer, they built an elaborate dollhouse together as a gift for my husband’s Aunt Eileen. This was no ordinary dollhouse. It was a cross-section Colonial about five feet tall and five feet wide. As if conceived by HGTV architects and designers, the dollhouse included three bedrooms, two baths, a living room, dining room, and office. The two artisans wallpapered and painted rooms, installed windows, and hung fancy chandeliers. They even painted the outside of the house a soft but confident blue with white trim to boost the home’s curb appeal. This dollhouse was not just a play toy; it was a new family heirloom.

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What people say about working with Michelle Beckman

“Michelle took the words right out of my mouth and made them sound so much better.”

“I just read a book from cover to cover for the first time in my life. No cliff-notes or a wandering mind. My attention was had. I read my mom’s memoir.”

“Michelle, I cannot tell you how well you put everything together and inspired such a wonderfully written story. Thank you for believing in my mom, and listening to her life.”

“Michelle introduced me to the concept of personal history. I didn’t think that someone would be interested in my life, but I learned that my children and grandchildren are so grateful for my stories. I am impressed by how well Michelle integrates bits and pieces from my childhood and encourages me to dig deeper. I have learned more about myself, my parents, and my own childhood.”

After listening to her uncle’s story, “Who is this man that I’ve known for 45 years? I’ve never met him in this way.”

“Working with Michelle was a joy. She was very organized and communicated clearly so everyone on our project was put at ease and knew what to expect. The end result was one to be proud of and captured the story and emotion perfectly.”

“Michelle recreated a 100-year old photo album that is a priceless heirloom to me and my family.”

“Michelle helped me find long lost family members. Family meant everything to my mother, and she frequently told stories that she clearly wanted us to know about our family. My mother would be so happy to hear that my distant cousins and I have connected.”

 

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