I come from an incredibly blended and large family, and because of this I was not only raised by one woman but a village of them. Each of these women has taught me something special, and I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge them, and the lessons they have taught me. Thank you for loving me unconditionally!
My Grandmother, the woman that raised me.
- To love the Lord.
- The value of hard work.
- How to give until I can’t give anymore, and somehow find it in myself to give a little more.
- To not put up with anyone’s sh*t.
- The value of a well-placed curse word.
- How to save money.
- How to cook.
- How to use vinegar, baking soda, and coconut oil to solve any problem.
- The value of not only an education but an appreciation for reading.
My Stepmom, the woman who has always loved me as her own.
- How to keep going, no matter how bad thing are, and no matter what setbacks you face.
- To always have faith.
- How to bargain shop with the best of them.
My Great-Grandmother, my memaw.
- For showing me what a marriage should look like, by watching her and my pepaw.
- The value of forgiveness and grace.
- How to not only be a woman of God but a true southern woman.
- How to be classy and timeless.
- The value of taking care of my skin and my body. She looks fabulous in her mid-eighties.
My older sister.
- For showing me to always have an open heart.
My Great-Grandmother, my Grandma Jean.
- Emphasizing the need to be kind, honest, and full of love.
- Showing me the importance of following God.
- Giving me an example of true love in her relationship with my Grandpa Russel.
- How to have fun at any age.
- To not care what anyone thinks.