Thursday, June 10, 2010


"If she's a girl, let's name her Katy Olivia," the young woman said as she looked excitedly into her husband's eyes. The husband thought for a minute then said, "I like Olivia but not Katy." Willing to compromise, the wife quickly returned with, "Okay, then let's name her Laura Olivia."
Laura Kay, as a little girl, had often prayed to have a girl when she got married. When she had imagined the little girl, the little girl's name had always been Katy Olivia. Kay's grandmother's name was Susie Olivia, and Kay and her grandmother had always been "kindred spirits." For Kay, the name Olivia reflected a part of a grandmother who had always been a loving and friendly part of Kay's life. Kay would like nothing better than to name her daughter Katy Olivia and call her Katy.
When Kay's husband agreed to the name Laura Olivia, they both decided to call their daughter Olivia. Excited and a little nervous about their first child, they awaited her arrival. When Olivia was born, Kay's first words to the doctor were, "Her name is Olivia."
Olivia is the Latin form of olive tree. In the Bible the olive tree was the symbol for peace, so Olivia is commonly taken to mean peaceful. Throughout all of the Bible we hear the whispered words of our Lord, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you."
I like the name Olivia and I am thankful that I was named and called Olivia. I enjoy being the only Olivia in a school of 750 kids, and I am pleased that I am the only Olivia that most of my friends know. My mom tells me that I am similar to her grandmother Susie Olivia, and I am thankful for that aspect of my name also. I especially like the fact that, although my great-grandmother was called Susie, she always signed her love letters to her fiance, "Your Olivia."
The above is an essay I wrote for my senior year of high school. (I took out some drivel about my being a peacemaker etc, etc.) I thought it might be unique to use some of my old writings where they fit for this journey down memory lane. If you're interested in joining in, head on over to Mommy's Piggy Tales, and read about how to get started!

Memory lane is definitely a place I love that brings me great joy!


  1. Using old journals is a great idea! Unfortunately, I didn't write in a journal until I was nearing 30.

    Olivia is a wonderful name!

  2. What a great idea to use your writings from school! I don't think I have any of mine left, but I'm sure your family will love having this memoir.
    My niece is named Olivia, and at the time (14 years ago) it was uncommon, but I have always loved it!

  3. How cool to have this piece of writing.

  4. Have I ever told you that my youngest daughter is Olivia? I absolutely LOVE that name!! I'm so glad you love your name because I haven't ever really cared for mine. I've always imagined something like Olivia. Oh, well. Guess we don't get to pick.

  5. This is my first visit to your sweet blog. Love that family pic! I look forward to reading your story and enjoying your blog.

  6. Precious...from one first born to another! Your words are just beautiful. Thanks for stopping by my journey also...I didn't think about myself as being spirited until you commented that...maybe I was, or else, I was only told those kinds of stories. LOL

  7. Oh I especially love that bit about how your great granmother would sign Your olivia. How quaint and romantic of her!

  8. What a great story. I think it is wonderful that you wrote this long ago and can now use it for this project.

    I'm really excited about participating in this project.