Nursery Reveal and Ancestry
All of our children have been named after special ancestors. There is something valuable in knowing who you are and knowing the people that paved the way for you to enter the world. Luckily ancestral stories and pictures are widely available with today’s genealogical resources. My side of the family has kept records and sought after family names since the 1800s, and thanks to their dedication, I have some family lines that trace back to the 1400s. Cool huh? My husband’s line traces through to the Revolutionary War, with a family letter written by George Washington.
My husband and I wanted to pass on our rich heritages to our children.
Our hallway is decorated with family tree photos, and each of the ancestors our children were named after are on that wall with their spouses. We not only have their names, but also their stories and their pictures. When we learned we were expecting another daughter in our family, I began looking through family history records, trying to find that special someone to name her after.
I found the great-great-lots-of-greats grandmother on my paternal grandfather’s side. Their story of perseverance and sacrifice and love was inspiring. We have stories and pictures. And their last name was Bird. So I knew I wanted to update our new daughter’s nursery with a woodland bird theme. (Ruby also gets her middle name from great-great-lots-of-greats Grandma Bird).