Recap and Reflections on “My Life: The Prequel (in Snapshots)” #atozchallenge2024

Recap and Reflections on My Life: The Prequel (in Snapshots)— Including all 26 posts in the April 2024 Blogging from #AtoZChallenge. Thanks for joining me on the journey and commenting along the way!

Now that the April 2024 Blogging from #AtoZChallenge is over, I am happy to be among the winners who completed the online marathon — for the sixth time! Yet this year, I am also sorry that the challenge has ended. Here’s why:


Over the past month, I got to spend quality time with my late parents Norm and Peg (Laurence) Charboneau — getting to know them better, discovering what mementos they cherished from youth, finding answers to questions that I never asked them, and learning how they grew into the parents I loved even without knowing their back story.

Me relaxing with the stars of this year’s series: My parents Norm and Peg (Laurence) Charboneau (1952). Spending an entire month writing daily about my parents was like having them back beside me — and I am grateful that the A-to-Z Challenge gave me the opportunity. Photo by Liz (Stoutner) Laurence/Scan by Molly Charboneau

After they retired, Mom and Dad joined me on our genealogy journey — interviewing relatives, trekking through cemeteries, collecting family documents and artifacts, and telling me their own stories during oral history interviews. Family was that important to them.

Spending an entire month writing daily about my parents was like having them back beside me — and I am grateful that the A-to-Z Challenge gave me the opportunity.

Series Recap

Below, in alpha order, are links to this year’s #AtoZChallenge2024 posts about My Life: The Prequel (in Snapshots) — adding my parents’ story to the family history mix. Please check out any posts you may have missed. Comments are still open on the later posts. I love hearing from readers!


Many thanks to the team for keeping the A-to-Z Challenge going — and to everyone who visited, subscribed, followed, and commented on Molly’s Canopy. You made my sixth #AtoZChallenge so rewarding. And now that you’ve met my family, please follow, subscribe and join me throughout the year as my genealogy journey continues!

Up next: After a break, regular blogging resumes at Molly’s Canopy. Please stop back!

© 2024 Molly Charboneau. All rights reserved.

22 thoughts on “Recap and Reflections on “My Life: The Prequel (in Snapshots)” #atozchallenge2024”

    1. Thanks, Andrew — and it’s really never to late to write down some of the stories your remember. I regret I missed your A to Z posts in the big rush, but will try to get by and read them in coming months.

  1. Congratulations, Molly! I’ve enjoyed your parent’s stories. You’ve almost inspired me to resurrect my blog.

    1. Thanks, Corrine. Yes, please — resurrect your blog! I’d love to have your writerly company along the way 🙂

  2. Congratulations once again for completing, and thank you for visiting my blog time and again. (My Reflections will post on May 7.) I enjoyed the photos, the history, and a peek into lives so different from mine.

    1. Your blog is always a treat — so many trips, so much information, and so many memories of upstate New York. I’ll be by to visit your Reflections post, for sure!

  3. This is a lovely Reflection post Molly. I also feel that I have come to know your parents during April. Congratulation on a very interesting A to Z Challenge, once again.

    1. Thanks, Jennifer. Always enjoy your A to Z entries as well — and this year’s focus on news clips did not disappoint. Look forward to seeing more of your posts throughout the year.

  4. Congratulations on completing the challenge and good luck with your continuing genealogy journey!

    1. Thanks, Lori — more like a never-ending journey, to be honest 🙂 But certainly never dull. Congrats on your A to Z as well.

  5. Congratulations on completing another challenge and documenting part of your parents’ life stories. Thank you also for visiting my blog during the last month.

    1. Thanks, Anne — always a pleasure, and I’m in awe of your research skills. Can’t wait to see what you focus on this coming year.

  6. I have enjoyed reading about your parents through your lens. They seem like lively folk, for sure! It is through genealogy that I have most been able to know my father, as I had just turned seven years old when he died. I look forward to reading your blog, as it is on my blogroll.

    1. Thanks, Karen. Family history research is a great way to reconnect with our loved ones — and to find the trail they left for us even if they departed too soon. Look forward to your future blogs as well.

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