Hello everyone! I hope your week is has been splendid so far! (You guessed it — mine has!) I had hoped to post this little entry prior to Sunday, but I’m still going to drop a small post here in honor of the wonderful woman who is my mother. I’ll keep this short and sweet. My mother is an incredible woman. She has endured incredible trials in her lifetime, and has now arrived in a place of admirable personal success. She is a passionate, highly-opinionated, fiercely devoted, self-sacrificial, independent woman. I grew up watching her work tirelessly to provide for me and my sister, and the impact she has left on me is indelible. She would always give us the best of everything, and take the leftovers for herself. I knew at a very young age that I was deeply loved.
Me & Mommy, circa November 1984, in Texas (where I was born!). Umma rocking the Lacoste.
March ’85 — I’m one year old! Me rocking some pink pants and a striped, puff-sleeve top with pandas on it. Sweet!
She has imparted to me an strong work ethic and a desire to excel at everything I do. And of course, she has passed on her love for art and fashion to me. I am thankful that she exposed me to so much culture from my youth. By the time I was in junior high, I had already developed a taste for arias, classics, modern art, and haute couture. My mommy also is utterly hilarious and if you’ve ever spent more than an hour with her, you’ve seen her silly side. At our Mothers’ Day dinner on Sunday night, she demonstrated her “model poses” for us at the table, as well as some new dance moves. I returned the favor by embarrassing her with my outbursts of laughter at her antics. 😉
I will never be able to fully express how grateful I am for everything my mother has done for me. She is still my number one fan. I know that no matter what happens, she will always be there with unconditional love and unwavering support.
Me, Mommy & Anna – on her wedding day, September ’08. Photo by the fabulous Trista Lerit.
Umma — I love you. Thank you for demonstrating true, sacrificial love to me. I thank God for you everyday!
**Of course, this post would be incomplete without a shout-out to D, my amazing mother-in-law. I hit the marriage jackpot not once but twice — first by wedding Erik, second by gaining the most incredible in-laws on the face of the planet. You know all the stereotypes about mothers-in-law? D is the exact opposite of all of them. She has fully embraced me into her family from the moment I met her. About a month before my wedding, I had a phone conversation with her that I will never, ever forget. She is the most caring, sweet, encouraging woman and I am SO grateful to have her in my life! Love you, mom! 🙂