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Monday, May 25, 2009

Namesake

Happy Memorial Day!
This is a time to reflect on the sacrifice that has been made by people before us to keep liberty in our country, a time to remember loved ones who have passed away, and a time to read or hear stories of ancestors we have never met. This head stone is on the grave of my husband's grandfather. He lived in Delta, Utah, had 2 wives, (not at the same time) and 10 children. He was a good, hard-working, God-fearing man. He died young, only 55. His first wife died when she was only 32 years old, the second wife, my husband's grandmother, died 3 years after Jacob Alma, leaving my father-in-law an orphan at the age of 15.

This is our Jacob Alma.
He is the youngest of 8 children and was purposely named after his great-grandfather. I think he will make his grandfather proud of what he's done with his name.

6 comments:

gigi said...

I love that, "what he's done with his name" saying, I always have. I'll tell you about my name sometime soon.
BTW, handsome youngest son you have there!

Kazzy said...

Oh, sweet remembrance. I LOVE Memorial Day. Your son is doing the name proud.

Ann Marie said...

I love this!!

We have named all of our children after special ancestors, and I am a witness that a name has a whole lot of meaning.. I'm going to do posts on them one day also.. :)

I spent alot of time in cemeteries this weekend.. I love it!!

KC said...

It looks like Jake is thinking... "you brought me ALL this way to show me a tombstone and take a picture of me for your BLOG!?!" Love it. It's also good to see a picture of Jake, since he has been absent from all the recent family parties!

Sondra said...

I love that! Jacob Alma - How fun! I think it is such a great heritage to be named after. Something to reflect on and feel a kinship to his Great Grandfather.

I feel a great kinship to my Great Grandmother even though I never knew her. I have always felt her around me - more then my own Grandmother. When things get tough I always think of what a strong woman she was and know I can do whatever I need to. I love learning about my ancestors. I can get lost in finding stories about them.

Cherie said...

What a neat post.

I think it is so special when a child can be named after a really upstanding ancestor.

Your son knows the history and gets to write his own with the same name - maybe to pass on to a grandchild himself one day!