Updating. Some photos of my Momma and me today. It's becoming more and more apparent to me that I don't have enough pictures of just the two of us together. That probably needs to change. She's such a huge influence in my life and I need to make that clear in photos as well. Now to get her in front of the camera...instead of hiding from it. Hmm..
Reminding. Myself over and over of how lucky I am to have such a wonderful Momma. And to have her so near to me now. My sister and I often talk about parenting and how we've modeled how we do things after our own mother. Looking back, I have no idea how she did it all. Our dad traveled a lot for work and Mom was often times home with three kids to tend to on her own. Some days, I'm not sure I can handle the stress of one child...and she did it with three. All while managing to be my Girl Scout leader my entire life, the organizer for snacks for all three of our sports programs, kept home cooked meals on the table, and always appearing to be able to take on the world. If you ever wonder why I have an affinity for strong females, I don't think you need to look very far.
Wearing. A huge smile today. It's Mother's Day, of course! Which means we get to celebrate the Mommas in our lives (and I get celebrated a little too). This is the first time in 11+ years that I've been able to have my Mom, in my house, to eat a Mother's Day meal with her. We did have a Mother's Day breakfast with Sierra two years...but we were really there because D had just been born and it was more for celebration of new life than it was intentional Mother's Day planning.
Needing. To go back through and look for more photos from when I was a little one, and get them scanned into my files. A quick jaunt back through my archives allowed me to discover this gem of a photo. From 1986, when I was 11 months old.
Being. Grateful today. For my Mom. For my Mother-in-law. And for every female figure that has ever left an impact on my life. I've somehow managed to surround myself with women who are smart, strong, funny, kind and compassionate. And beautiful, too! It's helped shape me into the person I am today. Happy Mother's Day to all the Mommas and all of the individuals that take on a mothering role! It's not easy. But it sure is rewarding!