immigrants. (and a giveaway.)

One of the saddest moments over the last few weeks was President Trump signing his "Muslim ban." My thoughts went to Bana Alabed, the little girl who tweeted with the help of her mother from Syria - a modern day Anne Frank.

And to this Save the Children PSA.

And then I thought about my family. And the different journeys that my relatives took to get here. To get to America.
Most recently, my great-grandparents from Greece who came here at the turn of the century to find a better life. And worked hard, like most immigrants have to do - to prove themselves.

But go back even further.

My great-great grandfather, Frank Tyack, who came to the U.S. from England at age 12 with his widowed mother and his nine sisters and brothers. He because a successful jeweler in Pennsylvania - and handed his store down to his son, my great grandfather.

Ok, go even further - to my 8th-great grandfather Vincent Runyon. Who, from what is know about him, was a French Huguenot who came here to escape religious persecution.

Thank goodness none of these people were turned away. I grew up being taught that America was the "melting pot of the world" - a place where all types of people could come together as one. I hope our children grow up with the same inclusive ideas - not fear and hate.

This was a good reminder that it is never too early to teach your kids about your own heritage. Instill a sense of pride in who they are and where they come from along with respect of where others come from too. I pulled out the book The Keeping Quilt to read with Lucille to start the discussion.

Have a inspiring story of immigration in your family? Share it with me so I can share it with Lucille.

I also have a giveaway of a Cinderella story book I love - called "The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran" enter below!

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Ellen Martin

I'm a west-coast mama of two little ones, 15 months apart. This is our family story with reviews and recommendations along the way. Thanks for joining our journey.

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