The Family Behind the Cravings: A Story of Good Stock


April 11, 2012 by CassieCravings

Baby Eli and I on Easter Sunday


“A Williams doesn’t behave that way.” was number 3 in my mother’s arsenal of instructive quotes, right behind “Be ye kind to one another” and “Honor thy father and mother.” The way a Williams conducted him/herself was lined up smack behind the word of God. It has always been really important to my mother, and the rest of my family, for the kids to grow up with a pride, appreciation and love for our heritage. “You come from good stock,” my mama says.

My mama and Eli in their quest for Easter eggs

The branches to our family tree unfurl in Ireland, Scotland and England. My mama has traced our family line all the way back to the 1400’s to our great, great, great…..Aunt Jemima…or perhaps it was cousin Enoch. Either way, I’m sure mama could tell you in a moment. And she will tell you with great pride. We have a good heritage, by no means a perfect one, but we certainly come from good stock.

Led by a self-made business man GranDaddy and a plane flying GranNoni, my family is full of courageous, hardworking, diligent, funny, artful and faith-filled people.

My very handsome GranDaddy and beautiful cousin Julia

I crave for my son to follow in their footsteps. And even beyond this, I crave for him to love and understand the footsteps that are before him.

Perhaps he won’t trace our family tree back to Aunt Jemima or cousin Enoch, but I want Eli to giggle at the stories of his petite great great grandmother whipping her 6 foot plus sons’ into shape. “They were rascals,” as my mama says, but she would waggle her finger in their chests and kept them all in line. When he learns of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, I want him to know that his Uncle Jack was there, and he made it home safely. I never want Eli to forget how his uncles have cherished him spoiled him and have already taught him unsavory phrases such as “stupid turkey.”

Uncle Cody's contribution to Eli's vocabulary is, "Dooooodd!"

What a heritage we have! As far as I know, no one in our family has been perfect. No one has led a struggle free life. In fact, just in my lifetime there have been many trials. Through those trials our family has become moreΒ entwined. A string by itself is defeated, but “a chord of 3 strands in not easily torn apart” (Ecclesiastes 4:12b)

Ecclesiastes 4:12 could be the Williams family verse. Through my baby brother’s struggle with a brain tumor and surgeries, through my mother’s fight against cancer, through deaths, heartbreak and disagreements, we have banded together, not as a cord of only 3 strands, but of many, many more.

We come from good stock. The greatest comfort as a mama is knowing that as much as I crave for my son, as much as I fervently pray, passionately seek and diligently study, my family prays, seeks and studies with the same cravings for Eli. What an honor to raise my son in this family.

Easter egg hunt at GranDaddy's and GranNoni's house

Eli and GranDaddy count all of the goodies.

It won't be long and Eli will be toddling behind the Williams family golf games.


20 thoughts on “The Family Behind the Cravings: A Story of Good Stock

  1. Sarah says:

    Awww I love you guys & your fabulous family!! πŸ™‚ And wow…that is incredible that your mom has traced the family all the way back to the 1400’s!! The furthest back I have been able to go was the 1700’s on my dad’s mom’s side. Interesting stuff!! And I think it’s so important (and fun) to keep up with family trees so our kids & their kids & their kids kids and on and on can know where they came from.

    • mamacravings says:

      I love you and YOUR fabulous family!

      My mom has been working diligently for a long time on the family tree. I think it’s really important as well. I want Eli to know his heritage (both sides: the Williams et. al and the Ortiz family).

  2. What a wonderful read to begin my day with. Thanks you for sharing your thoughts and your amazing family :).

  3. the speech monster says:

    i like that you have a family verse. πŸ™‚ fun photos!

  4. Megan says:

    Your little boy is a DOLL!

  5. Carolyn says:

    As a matter of fact, you do come from good stock and the Jones-Davis-Williams-Parham clans are very proud of how you act.

  6. Raynifly says:

    Beautiful family on a beautiful day!

  7. boomiebol says:

    Beautifully written!!! Lovely family pictures πŸ™‚

  8. Adorableness! I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the comment love. I finally got around to commenting and liking your facebook page! Yay me. Love the blog, your kiddo is too cute for words.

  9. Great story. It is so nice you know about your family heritage and are passing it on.

    • mamacravings says:

      Thank you so much!
      Some of my favorite memories growing up are sitting around my grandmother’s table and listening to stories of when my family members were young kids.

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