My mother is one of the bravest women I know. Not only did she raise three daughters, each 18 months apart, (and survived), on a meager budget because she chose to stay home, but is currently fighting an incurable cancer with her head held high. I’m not extremely eloquent with words, but I wanted to share with you some of the things I love about her and that she’s instilled in my life. Unfortunately, many of these pictures are relatively recent, (the past 4 years), as I haven’t scanned in older pictures.
1. She taught me to love camping. However, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I could leave my make-up at home. (She didn’t teach me that.)
2. While I used to hate that she made my clothes when I was younger, (I wanted all the “cool” clothes my peers had), I loved that she made me dresses that fit perfectly when I was older. She even made my bridesmaid dresses.
3. There was always material around our house, and the bug finally caught me. This is the second quilt I made, the first border I made quilting freehand. (It’s a little hard to see, so the next picture has the close-up.)
4. She gave me two, beautiful sisters whom I love very much. They’re my best friends and I couldn’t imagine going through life without them.
5. She made sure our family was close, even with our relatives. We love getting together for any occasion. Here was Christmas a couple of years ago, when my sister and grandmother flew out.
And here we are, with our other set of grandparents, playing one of our favorite games–Dummy Rummy.
6. She is a fantastic mother and I can only hope to be that with my son. I am thankful that I have such a great role model.
7. She’s let me follow my dreams, and although sometimes they are a bit scattered and hair-brained, she’s supported me through it all. (Even this side-business bakery, which she was sceptical at first.)
8. She has left a lasting legacy with her marriage and family. Thanks mom for all that you did for me and all that you are to me. I love you more than words can say.