There's no doubt many will venture out this holiday season in search of the latest and greatest gadgets and toys. But what about giving something that can last for generations to come?
Connie Doebele is no stranger to interviewing people about their lives. As a former C-SPAN executive producer, Doebele has sat down with past presidents and first ladies. Now Doebele is embarking on a new career in the Shenandoah Valley, and this time she is interviewing who some might call everyday people for her business, Your Life Story.
"Everybody has a story, and everybody's story is important,” Doebele said.
Doebele says too many family stories are being lost. So she sits down with someone, often the patriarch or matriarch of the family, for the better part of two hours asking them a variety of questions.
"What happened to them, how they came to be who they are, who influenced them, what kind of sadnesses they've had, what kind of joys that they've had,” Doebele said.
But she also learns things as simple as giving grandma a chance to share the recipe for her famous hot rolls before it's too late.
"When people start caring about their ancestors, many times their ancestors are already passed,” Doebele said.
Doebele takes the interview and puts together a “life story” that includes pictures, video, and meaningful music. The end result is the gift of family stories for future generations.
"I am a big believer that, not only does every life matter, but everyone's life story matters,” Doebele said.