Many of you don’t know that my daughters middle name is actually a namesake for my deceased grandmother. Sadly, my dad’s mother passed away when he was very young, leaving behind four children. Her maiden name was Swan.💕
My whole life I always wondered what my grandma would think of me. Would she be proud? What would our relationship look like? Would we make cookies? Would we shop? Would we ride horses together? Would she understand me more than most? Ever since I can remember I’ve had people that knew her tell me that I am cut from the same determined, passionate cloth.
When I found out that I was pregnant with a little girl, I felt what I can only describe as a presence. No, not some weird ghost story. A feeling of ancestry, bloodline, history, and family. I found myself drawn to my grandmother even more than before and started to dive in to the stories of my female family members. Throughout my pregnancy I knew I wanted to give my daughter a namesake. One day it occurred to me to use my grandmother‘s maiden name. When I held my daughter for the first time it was like she said, “Hi mommy, it’s me, Liliana! Liliana Swan.”
Now whenever we see swans out and about in public I always have a warmth in my heart, and an appreciation for my family heritage. From what I know, my grandmother was a very strong, spirited, and passionate woman! Whenever my Lili has a feisty moment, I can’t help but smile and think that my grandmother’s genes were so strong that it passed down to me as well as through me, and onto my little girl. #myLiliana #LilianaSwan