When a woman is pregnant, one of the first questions on everyone’s mind is, “Is it a boy or a girl?” Will and Kelen Settle, a married couple from the small town of Bluffton, South Carolina, were always pretty sure they knew the answer.
For 137 years, the Settle family has produced nothing but boys. So, when they were given a bunch of pink and purple balloons at their gender reveal party, the couple was dumbfounded!
“I was like, ‘What’s going on? This just can’t be possible.’ I was absolutely shocked,” Will told ABC News. “We had the whole family there. My mother just went nuts. My mom always wanted a daughter. She was absolutely ecstatic. She could not believe it.”
They gave their daughter the first name “Carter,” because it struck them as a strong and unique name.
“She’s going to have to be strong with all the men she’ll deal with in the Settle family,” Will joked.
For her middle name, they chose “Louise,” naming her after Kelen’s nanny who passed away four years prior.
“I told her before she died that if I ever had a girl, I would name her Louise. She was super, super strong, and I absolutely adored her,” said Kelen.
Carter was born in early July, and Will’s co-workers had a surprise for him. Will, who works at Marlin Outdoor Advertising as the Director of Sales, had been spending much of his time at home and not taking his usual route down a certain highway every day. Yet the company owner made sure to tell him to take a drive between the towns of Bluffton and Savannah. About halfway down the road, he saw it.
Right on the side of the highway stood a 12-foot-tall and 24-foot-wide bright pink billboard reading “Welcome to the world, Carter Louise Settle.” Will said that when he first saw it, he had an “Oh my God” moment. However, the impact of the billboard was slightly lessened by the 15 phone calls he had received about it earlier that day!
“My friend said, ‘What a great way to keep it low key,’” Will joked.
In a small town like Bluffton, major news stories can be hard to come by but, between the surprising gender reveal and the billboard erected to celebrate it, I’d say this qualifies. Best wishes to the Settle family from us here at The Epoch Times!