"Memories of Momma" — A 71 Day Photo Tribute (Day 47)



Now this is one proud Momma! This picture was taken at my high school graduation from Westminster Christian Academy. I remember graduation day like yesterday, how I was frantically getting ready and rushing to get to the ceremony across town. I chose to wear a strapless white dress under my graduation gown, and I needed Mom's help pinning part of the dress. I remember she was frantic and nervous, too, trying to get me out the door on time. As she was helping me, she accidentally pricked her finger, and all of a sudden we were more concerned about the spots of blood than we were with getting me on the road in time!

Everything worked out that day, and I remember being on stage in the church, looking out into the audience and finding Mom and Dad's eyes. They both were so incredibly proud of me.   They sacrificed so much to make sure I went to a good private school and got a high-quality education.

I think one of Mom's biggest joys was when I graduated from high school. She herself had left school before graduating, so she always wanted more for me. She was instrumental in me finishing school. With her as my Momma, it was never really an option for me to not earn my diploma. The same went for finishing my bachelors degree and later my masters. As soon as I finished one degree, she's ask when I was starting the next. She was my biggest cheerleader, and it made a difference. SHE made a difference. I wouldn't have this life without her! 💙

*It's Day 47 of my 71 day photo series in honor of my dear sweet Momma who passed away on 03.21.2016 after a harrowing 71 day health battle. Those 71 days do not define her. Oh no. What defines her — and me — are the incredible 66 years that she lived her life. I hope you enjoy these snapshots of the beautiful moments and memories of her life.