But no one person has shaped me more than my own Mom. She has been, and continues to be, the best example that I could ever ask for. Although her life growing up was not easy, she didn't let that break her. It made her stronger and even more determined to be the kind of Mother who has raised 3 very confident children, 3 children who never hesitate to put other's need before theirs, 3 children who would do anything for their parents, 3 very independent children, 3 children who are not afraid to go after what they want, and, most importantly, 3 children who are not afraid to say "I Love You". Since they both came from broken homes, both of my parents vowed from the very beginning that they would never put their children through what they went through and they were really in it "till death do us part". They always showed us how much they loved each other, which in turn led to us children being more secure in ourselves, in family, and in love. They were always the optimists and always encouraged us to go for whatever we wanted. And no matter how bad we were at something or if we failed, they always let us know how proud they were of us for trying. I firmly believe it was because of the confidence installed in all of us that I was a nationally recognized computer nerd at a young age and graduated from college with honors, my sister was a star pitcher on her fast pitch softball team in college and kicked butt in getting her Master's degree, and my brother won basketball free-throw competitions before he hit puberty and is already starting his professional life with a bang! While my Dad did his share of disciplining, my mom was the true enforcer in the family. Her rules and clear boundaries were always fair (even if they didn't seem like it at the time), and taught us all that there are rules for a reason. I really could not have asked for a better Mommy role model, and hope that I am able to take the best of her mothering skills and add my own flavor into the mix to be even half the Mommy that she is! Happy Mother's Day, Mommy! (P.S. I didn't even get into what an awesome Grammy she is! We'll save that one for later. :))
Here are a few of my favorite Mommy-related pictures from my family over the years.
2006- One of my favorite pictures of Annabelle and I. She was at that age where she was starting to notice the camera and wanted to hold it so it was getting hard to get good pictures. The photographer was a friend who just happened to have her camera out and snapped a picture.