Thursday, January 14, 2016

Raleigh Parker Kearns: The Name

Like all baby names, our sweet boy's name was chosen with lots of thought and care. I don't recall the exact date that we knew Raleigh Parker would be his name, but I remember that I was at work when Ryan texted me the name and meaning, and we were both so excited!
Blocks from Little Sapling Toys / Print from Mini Learners

Ryan and I loved spending the months while I was pregnant researching names, and blessedly we were on the same page with our style. We both seemed to like the same ones, which made our list of potential names quite long, but I loved that there were so many we agreed on. We knew we wanted something unique rather than classic, and something nature-inspired.


Meaning and History:
From a surname which was from a place name meaning either "red clearing" or "roe deer clearing" in Old English.

And just so you know, a roe deer is a Eurasian species of deer. It is relatively small, reddish and grey-brown, and well-adapted to cold environments.

Maybe more importantly than Raleigh's origin is the special meaning it has in Ryan's family. His grandfather, father, and himself were all named Charles, and they all three also went to NC State. While we knew we weren't going to carry on the name of Charles, this was a way to honor the men's heritage and tradition. #gopack


Meaning and History:
From an English occupational surname which meant "keeper of the park" or "gamekeeper".

And Parker couldn't be more fitting since Ryan and I met at Tanglewood Park, and that's where he still currently works. We both love the outdoors, preserving nature, and living an eco-conscious lifestyle, so this name is quite personal to us.

Newborn photo by Joy Davis Photography

Oh and how fitting was a June baby shower with antler invitations, white antlers dripping with florals, and the cutest #ohDEERitsaboy hashtag!


Monday, January 11, 2016

Raleigh Parker Kearns: Birthwood

If you followed me way back when as a newlywed (we celebrated two years this past December!), then you might have seen this post, where I shared about the truly special custom wood ring I had created as Ryan's wedding band.

I adored working with the sweet folks at Simply Wood Rings, and when they e-mailed me about their new Birthwood line I was immediately smitten.

A one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly ring representing our baby boy's birth month handmade by a team of artisans in Chicago couldn't have been a more precious gift. And when I got the ring in the mail I immediately fell in love.

It's the kind of ring that you can wear daily--it goes with everything and is an instant conversation starter. I am a proud mama wearing my gorgeous apple wood and peridot ring.
I even love that each month's birthwood has a story behind it. Here's a bit about August's chosen wood:
"Apple wood represents the month of August. The apple tree is symbolic of strength, gentleness, abundance and giving. Apple wood is valued for its strength and fine grain.
John Chapman aka “Johnny Appleseed” planted a popular American variety, the Jonothan Apple, across the American wilderness in the late 1700s and early 1800s. His apple orchards in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky still exist. Some of the original trees he planted over two hundred years ago, still bear fruit!"
The new Sitting in a Tree line by Birthwood is designed specifically for mamas and papas to wear. What a perfect gift this would be for mother's day, father's day, or just because. But why wait for a holiday--I would order one right away! It will fast become one of your most treasured items.


Raleigh's bibdana: Wild Sunshine Threads
Simply Wood Rings gifted me this ring, but all opinions and thoughts are my own!