Our 1st Tradition: Planting a Tree

In Germany it is tradition to plant a tree in your child’s honor and watch the child and the tree grow together. In this way we are able to celebrate life with life, to involve our children as well as ourselves, to cherish a living reminder of this new birth, and to mark its importance in our lives.

Last weekend we did some research on trees and decided to go with a local tree called the Eastern Redbud. It blooms pink in spring – super pretty! The rest of the year the tree has green leaves, which turn golden in the fall. This is how the tree will look like when it is “grown up”:

Earlier this week I went to buy the tree and we were lucky, it was the last one. It was not easy to handle the tree and the baby by myself, but luckily I found this cart!

wpid-img_20140422_115515_389.jpgThe next challenge was to get all this in my car. I still can’t believe it, but both the tree and the baby fit into my Civic. I’m so proud of my car!

Today my husband planted the tree while Zoe and I “supervised”. Love this tree!!



And the tree is up! Now it just has to grow…just like our baby girl!







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6 thoughts on “Our 1st Tradition: Planting a Tree

  1. What a fantastic tradition! Love this idea. And Eastern redbuds are my favorite. I was just thinking about planting one the other day.

  2. That’s a great idea. I know when we go back to Kansas I LOVE to see our old house, and it would’ve been really cool if we had planted a tree way back then. She will love being able to go back to see it and reminisce her early years!

  3. this is a great tradition to start. We have a ton of those trees in my area and they are GORGEOUS those first few weeks in spring, you won’t be disappointed.

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