The Matriarchs

This year for Mother’s Day, I thought a sweet little session with my favorite photographer (Laura Gattis) would be the perfect gift for the two mamas in my life. We spent a morning with an extremely uncooperative Bennett, but I still think the pictures turned out gorgeous!  These women deserve the world for all they do to help me.  We all know it takes a village to raise kids!  They love and adore my children like their own and that is invaluable to Husband & I.

Enjoy the sneak peek, mama’s!  Happy early Mother’s Day!  We love y’all so much!

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Missing In Action

Y’all, I’m so sorry I have been MIA for 3 weeks!!  Summer is such a busy season for us & it makes it so hard to keep up with this little blog thingy… ;)  adding our crazy work schedule to our weekend beachin’ and my most recent trip up to Ohio to visit my grandma, well, there goes 21 days of July!  Oh, and my cousin Kelly is visiting from Chicago! Whew, what a month!

So I have compiled a few pics I’ve taken recently.  Some are from our 4th of July in Vero Beach and the others were taken at an outdoor concert event in Hamilton, OH.  I still have a few more things I want to post from our trip to Thailand, but I figured I’d take a break from editing pics and just post what’s been going on lately… Hope everyone has a great week!

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Nancy Turns Ninety!

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My sweet Grandma celebrated her 90th birthday this weekend!  WOW!

Technically her birthday isn’t until tomorrow… but we decided to get together as a family and throw her a big party and spend Easter weekend together.  We invited all of her friends to join in on the festivities, had tons of food & drinks & laughter…  It was a great day!

Can you imagine turning 90?  At this moment in my life, I’m not sure I ever want to be 90.  Fortunately my grandmother is still in decently good health and can still get around all right… I feel so lucky to still have her!  Not only is she still around, her mind and memory are spot on!  We talked about her favorite birthday which was when she turned 24.  She said that the reason it was her favorite was because my grandpa gave her a special locket with a picture of them and 2 of their friends (who also got married, eventually) in it. My grandma loves jewelry (like all women) so it doesn’t surprise me that she would hold that birthday memory so close to her heart.  She equally loves Mickey Mouse… :)

I wonder what parts of my life I will reflect on most when I’m at that age.  What good have a done in the world?  What legacy am I leaving?  What will my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren remember about me most?  I’ve only hit a third of the milestones she has… and I’m only basing that on the fact that I’m almost 30…

But really, I think my grandma is an incredible woman.  She married and loved my grandpa for 57 years before he passed, she raised 3 daughters with only 1 bathroom (impressive), she has 8 grandchildren, and now 4 great grandchildren!  Amazing!  She grew up in the depression, she is very good at saving money and living on a budget, she gives good advice on life, she has seen a lot of decades fly by… if only I could spend a whole summer with her like I did when I was a kid… I would help her write her life story.

Grandma, I hope you are as proud of me as I am of you.  You always make me laugh, you always make sure I’m eating more than my stomach can hold, you always help me remember what’s important in life, and I appreciate you for that.  I love when you tell me that my husband reminds you of grandpa… soft spoken, selfless, humble, generous & easy on the eyes ;)… That makes me so happy.

You tell me I’m a lucky lady, and I know you are being sincere because you’re a lucky lady too!  Happy 90th Birthday!