When a child joins our family by adoption, we have a tradition of holding “Name Changing Day”, and each child receives a name– a gift tied to our family history. It is a milestone day that we look forward to with each child. Our philosophy is even if we don’t share biology, we can share history, and that history helps tie our precious children to us.
Each child that has come to our family has a name that is meaningful to our family in some way or another. My daughter Lily is named Lily Adeline, after my husband’s Great-grandma Lillie and my Great-grandma Ada, both wonderful role models, and women we look up to.
A few years ago we visited Grandma Rockwood’s house in Colorado, and learned more about our grandma Lillie. While we were there, we saw the original lace bonnet made by Grandma Lillie. We have a replica of it in our house, but Lily had never seen the original.
Mary taught me grandma Lillie’s roll stitch. Lily and I sat together as Mary made each beautiful roll. I was able to learn it, while Lily watched. When she is ready, I will teach it to her.
Lily wrote up her thoughts on her namesake and history here.