My name is Tre Esa Battles, the creator of The Family Connect Project.
The year 2018 was a magical year for me I was pregnant with my first child, a little girl. My husband and I were more than grateful to be starting our family with our new addition.
The year 2019 brought devastation when we found out our baby girl had a rare form of brain cancer and passed away shortly after she was diagnosed. As we were making our way through the tears and pain of such a great loss, the year 2020 met us with a pandemic as it did the rest of the world. During this time of uncertainty and despair I created a family idea with the baby I had lost and the babies to come in mind.
As we were still working towards growing our family the quarantine provided some time to connect and reconnect with family. I wanted to ensure that my nieces, nephews, younger cousins and future children would know the stories of their elders and family that otherwise would be lost. I thought about the sense of pride it would build and the awareness of the importance of family and their heritage. The project was one of the most rewarding journeys I have ever been on. Surprisingly I learned a lot about myself while learning about my relatives.
In addition, the process invited me to heal from my loss and start to move forward and starting my family once again.