Needless to say, I was inspired this weekend.
One of the things that I wanted to work on immediately was our family Crest or Coat of Arms. The way that we went about it was by having a family meeting – me, my wife, and our 4 daughters – and discussing 4 things that we want our family to represent. After some discussion we settled in on what they should be and I went to work designing our Crest, with help from my wonderful partner/wife.
Here’s what we’ve came up with….
Here are the meanings of the different symbols:
- Lion: God
- Powerful Ruler Banner: The meaning of my name (Richard)
- Grace Banner: The meaning of my wife’s name (Careise)
- Grape Vines: Fruitfulness
- Dove: Peacemaker
- Braided Ring: Unity
- Scale: Integrity
- Candle: Light to the world
- 4 Stars: Our 4 daughters
I can already see how valuable this will be in our family. We have began referencing it with the girls and being sure that our actions are lining up with our family values. Down the line it will begin to hold more and more meaning and, just like Steven discussed, this will be passed along to each of our daughters as they get married.
I plan to talk with the printer tomorrow so we can get it printed and framed and on the wall. I’ll post a picture of it once it’s complete.