What’s In A Name?

Recently I was driving somewhere and they were talking about the most popular names from 100 years ago.  This was based on statistics from the Social Security Administration.  Interestingly enough, I was able to accurately guess the top girls and boys names–Mary for girls and John for boys.  I also thought back to when I was growing up and how those names had faired over the years.  There were a couple of boys named John in my school and quite a few Mary’s.  I doubt there are very many now!

This brought me to thinking about not only the popular names currently, but how I came up with the names for my dolls.  And I started to wonder how my fellow bloggers and doll friends came up with theirs!

Louisa’s name came from the British TV show “Doc Martin”.

Several of my dolls kept the names they were given from American Girl–Kanani, Kit, Rebecca, Marie-Grace, Lanie, Samantha.  Some came from movies and TV–Cassandra, Alya, Jenny, Fiona, Louisa, Jan.   A couple came from other characters in AG books–Emily, Sophia.  Two were named after songs–Allison (Allie) and Christine.  And some were names I just liked–Shivan, Ryan, Josh, Zara, Abby.

Emily (a renamed Willa doll) whose name was from the book Lanie.

Now I’m curious–how do you come up with names for your dolls?  I know some people name them after other family members, friends, or just names they like.  I’d love to hear how you select names for your dolls!


A Sad Post/Raising Awareness

This morning I learned that Bella of the Instagram account @THENOOKDOLLS passed away.  I was truly saddened to learn this as I’ve been following her journey over the past few months and thought perhaps she might actually beat cancer.  RIP Bella.

To those of you who don’t know about Bella–she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer that is most prevalent in teens and young adults.  She had undergone many different treatments for it, and hearing of the side effects of some of these treatments was heart wrenching.  Despite all of her days of feeling awful from her treatments, she and her mother started their own charity through Angels of Hope.  Bella and her mom donated dolls to hospitals in various locations.  Here is a link to an article about the work Bella and her mom were doing that was written in October of 2017.  http://www.greercitizen.com/news/teen-mission-hope

One post that Bella made on her Instagram account really hit home for me.  I knew something about this from when the granddaughter of a friend was diagnosed with cancer, but I never knew the actual statistics until Bella talked about it.  DID YOU KNOW:  Only 4% of the money raised for cancer research goes towards childhood cancer???  That is only 4 cents out of every dollar donated!  Yet every day in the United States, approximately 700 children are diagnosed with cancer.  That’s outrageous!!  Many of these kids are treated with experimental procedures because there are no protocols in place.  Long story short, they are turned into science experiments.  This needs to change.

Bella was such an inspiration to many, and I hope that as a community, all of her fellow American Girl friends will keep her memory alive.  She was an outstanding photographer, survivor and just an all around generous person.  We need more Bella’s in this world.  She will be missed by many.


Easter Recap

Did everyone have a nice Easter?  Everyone here had a nice day.  They all decided to get a bit dressed up this year since everyone was here.  I thought it would be nice to get photos of everyone in their fancy clothes.

First off–all of the siblings:

Sophia & Rebecca; Allie & Christine

Lanie & Emily; Abby & Zara

Ryan & Jenny

Then I got pictures of the cousins:

Cassandra & Alya;  Fiona & Kanani

And then everyone else!

Josh, Shivan & Louisa;  Kit, Jan & Marie-Grace

After a nice Easter dinner, everyone just hung out, talking about a variety of things.

Looks like Abby has a new friend!

As the day wore on, dinner wore off, so someone ordered a pizza!


Louisa has started piano lessons recently, so she decided to play for everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter, the gang here definitely did.  Even though the weather was kind of chilly, they certainly found plenty to do!

This is the first post I’ve done in a very long time that involved all of the dolls.  I forgot how long it took to get everyone dressed, it was about 2 hours from start to finish!  I think it will be a while before I do THAT again!