Often times, I think in numbers. When my MeMe turned 90 in December, I realized that when I turned 30 in April, my mom, MeMe and I would all be 30 years apart. Selfishly, I wanted to document our three generations in order to freeze time and capture the beauty of three generations all exactly 3 decades apart. We planned the photoshoot for before Mother’s Day, but ended up rescheduling when MeMe got sick. Although the day we scheduled it for was overcast and rainy, we decided to brave the weather and get a few shots in. One of my best friends is a rockstar behind the camera and captured us perfectly. Thank you Allison Davis photography for being a life documenter and incredible friend.
My MeMe, Kathryn (or Sissy as some family members call her), was born December 28, 1926. She is the middle child of 3 and grew up in Whitewright, Texas. When she was 17 she met my PawPaw, JC, and they got married on February 3, 1946. (Yes, y’all, they have been married 71 years!).
She had her first daughter at 21, second at 23, and my mom at 30.
Now, MeMe has 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Not to mention 7 grandchildren-in-laws too. She enjoys watching the Rangers play, reading, and shopping.
What I most admire
My MeMe is the most beautiful woman I know, inside and out. She selflessly devotes herself to others. She’s servant-hearted, one of the best cooks in the south, and has so much love to give. Colton describes her as the “perfect movie grandma” because she is so kind and always has a fresh baked pecan pie when he comes over. My favorite childhood memories include her washing my hair, making breakfast for me (you can blame her for my breakfast addiction), picking us up and driving us to school, bringing us home, and taking care of me when I was sick. To be honest, I remember at least twice faking being sick (holding the thermometer up to my lamp) just to spend the whole day with her. Never once did she ask for anything in return. Her love and acts of service are never-ending. This woman loves Jesus and His light shines through her daily.
On another note, I pray that I look like this when I am 90. She has always looked 20+ years younger than her actual age.
Her beauty advice: I asked MeMe what her secret to her youthful skin was. She said, “I cleanse my face every night and apply night cream.” Currently her night cream of choice is OLAY Regenerist. MeMe also has used Merle Norman makeup for as long as I can remember.
My mom, Pam, was born September 5, 1956 in Dallas, TX. As the youngest of three girls, she was the independent, rebel of the family. She met and married my dad in 1986, and I came along shortly after, when she was 30. My brother was born two years later.
At 60, she enjoys shopping, catching up on Netflix binges (with my recommendations, of course), running her boutique clothing and jewelry business, taking care of her fur babies, and reading.
What I most admire
I admire my mom’s determination. She has overcome some pretty deep things in her 60 years on Earth, and she still has a positive outlook on life. She always encouraged me to go for my goals and to never give up on my dreams. Growing up, I always heard her talk about one day owning her own boutique. After she retired last year, she did just that. Now, she runs a Facebook boutique and even has people come shop at her house. Check it out: Classy Closet by Pam. Mom is also outgoing and never meets a stranger. That is a quality I know I got from her and I love it! Like MeMe, Mom also loves Jesus and He is known through her friendly smile and zealous attitude.
I was born April 28, 1987 in Dallas, TX. My mom was 30, my MeMe was 60. It wasn’t until right before my 30th birthday I realized how truly unique our age gap is. Both of these women, along with my incredible Dad, helped shape me and are part of the person I am today. I carry some traits from each of them, and all of the traits of your typical first born.
At 30, my hobbies include traveling, running, barre, cooking, blogging, and taking care of my fur babies.
By 60, I hope to…
Continue living with determination, and continue pursuing my dreams. I would love to keep marking countries off my travel bucket list and continue helping others (as a counselor or another capacity).
At 60, Colton and I will be celebrating our 39th anniversary. If we survive our long road trip to Yosemite next week, we can survive anything.
By 90, I hope to…
At 90, Colton and I will be celebrating our 69th anniversary. I pray that I am selfless like MeMe and will take care of him if his back decides to go out. Seriously though, I want to be caring for my family and baking treats for everyone.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the day
Shout out to MagnoliaAnn for the adorable shirts. I snagged these from her Etsy shop.
Thank you again, Allison Davis photography.
Do you have influential women in your life? What do you admire about them? What do you hope to accomplish by 60? 90? Leave me a comment below.