"I just want to let everyone know how much this picture means to me. My mom doesn't have a single family picture with everyone in it. In fact, she has not had family pictures taken with all her kids and grand kids EVER! So, for Mother's Day, my brother James, his girlfriend Kim, and myself decided to give her a picture she deserves. Family is everything to her. She literally has given us every ounce of love and patience throughout our lives. There is nothing she hasn't sacrificed or would sacrifice to make sure her kids are taken care of. Our childhoods weren't perfect, but they didn't have to be because we had a mother who never gave up on us. She worked her butt off as a single mom trying to provide for my brother and I, working 2 and 3 jobs just to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads. And look at her now! She is a rock-star! She married Don, and he became the best dad I could have ever hoped for. She had two more beautiful daughters, liz and Allison. She went to COLLEGE and is doing what she loves as a nurse! If anyone should be proud, it's me! I have watched her stumble, struggle, and fall flat on her face, but guess what? She always gets right back up. She is the epitome of what happens with hard work, sacrifice, and the will to succeed. I love you with all my heart mom. You deserve the world, and I hope you love your Mother's Day gift!"
Dawn LOVES pictures, of her kids, grand kids and in general. But she's rarely in them, as most moms because we are the ones so desperately trying to capture every memory so we don't forget the moments that warm our hearts.
Danielle said it best, she doesn't have a single picture with all her kids together. And each and every family member pictured has a special place in my heart. They are my family too.
These photos are some of my favorites, I know they will be too. So full of love, laughter, beauty...and maybe some tears ;-)
love you all xoxo