Friday Flashbacks: Fertility Challenged Family Tree?

Welcome to another addition of Friday Flashbacks. Who is this striking woman, dapper gentleman and cuddly toddler? Well, my friends, that is my grandmother (Sue), grandfather (Archie) and my mother (Joan) circa 1941 or '42. I think they were visiting my great-grandparents on Archie's side. I love this photo because my grandmother is actually looking at the camera and looks so fetching in her hat. My grandfather looks rather dashing in his hat as well. I love this time period so much because people took the time to dress up, even if they were only doing errands. What would they say about the general public now? I probably don't want to know.

I wonder sometimes about the genetic connection of infertility. Is infertility hereditary? I know my grandmother struggled to get pregnant with my mom and suffered miscarriages. My mom was an only child. My mom also experienced miscarriage, a premature delivery of a baby girl five years before I was born. She only lived about 24 hours. I was an only child and have had fertility struggles as well.

Coincidence or genetics? Or both? I don't know. Either way, I love this photo.


  1. I love how this flashback photo fits perfectly with your fertility week.
    I'm still hanging on to hear the rest of your story.

  2. i love this time period also - my mom says I'm an old soul! I've always enjoyed looking at old photographs and it makes it extra special when you know the people in them! I vaguely remember your grandfather from church when I was little, but now I can remember him through photgraphs. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Your posts on infertility are wonderful Holly. I was adopted so my family history is a bit shady. I know that my birth mother had 3 children, my grandmother had 3 and so on. I don't think that there was any problems getting pregnant - it was keeping us that was the problem.

    My problems seem to be completely my own. If it weren't for the medical technology, I wouldn't be pregnant - I know this!

  4. I love this photo! I think it is so classic. I also agree with the genetics issues... My mom had a ton of miscarriages and feel that is plays a big role in the whole situation.

  5. Loving the picture. I have alot of old pictures from my grandmother from the 20's 30's and no one EVER smiled. But, this time period everyone seemed so happy. I loved the fashion too and the fact that people cared how they looked. On the fertility issue...I can't help but think that if it is genetic that it certainly sometimes seems to skip generations. I guess it is alot like having a disease that you can't account for within your family. Like me and heart disease. Or some families seem to be hit by cancer diagnosis after cancer diagnosis and some families are untouched. It's just something that happens. Sad and unexplainable. I certainly wish there were ANSWERS but.... you are so brave to share your struggles. Love you.

  6. What a stunning photo! I love the style from back then too. I have pictures of my grandparents from back then and they were so stylin! I can't imagine always wearing dresses, heels and hats though.

    Your theory on the genetic connection is interesting.

  7. what a treasure that photo is!

  8. Holly, I love this picture! I too, like others, love the fashion and desire to look "nice".

    I didn't realize the family history...


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