Week 8 – 52 Ancestor Challenge – Heirloom – Baby Days


A few years ago I came across an item I didn’t even realize I had.  Forty-plus years of research will do that to you.  I found my Momma’s Baby Book.  Mary Ruth Grantham was born 11 Apr 1927, she would have been 91 this year.

I was so excited to find this little treasure.  I never in a million years would have thought it existed.  Inside the worn cover I found such treasures.

Her first word was Daddy when she was six months old.  Her daddy died a few months before her fourth birthday.  My favorite entry for her First Words were “Blates like a sheep at 10 months”.  Her daddy raised award winning sheep and all her life she missed him.  Momma had an older sister, Norma and one of my favorite pictures is of them together.  Momma was such a little butterball.  She always had the sweetest smile.

Norma Louise & Mary Ruth Grantham

My grandma was an interesting woman.  She was widowed at the age of 28 with two little girls.  She raised them through the Great Depression with the help of her family.  I’ve often wondered how those events shaped her as a mother.  I never would have dreamed she would have kept a record of my Momma’s milestones as a baby but I was even more surprised to find a tracing of Momma’s hand.





Whispers from the Past…..