Life

Three Generations of Women

June 2, 2017

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.

MeMe, 90

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.

Mom, 60

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.

Me, 30

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.

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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.

38 Comments

  • Reply Lecy | A Simpler Grace June 2, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Oh Jessica, these are GORGEOUS! I love the idea of doing generation family photos. 🙂

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Thank you so much. I am so happy with how they turned out.

  • Reply Beth Kondrick June 2, 2017 at 9:33 am

    This is so beautiful Jessica, it seriously made me tear up! What a gift to have such a unique age gap and to be able to document it this way! So lovely!

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Awh. Thank you so much, Beth. We have such a special relationship.

  • Reply Charlotte June 2, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Omg, Jessica!!! These pictures are gorgeous and how wonderful that you showed your appreciation for the strong women who came before you. You have some incredible genes in your family 🙂 love all the photos! xoxo

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Thank you. I am so lucky to have them as rolemodels.

  • Reply Emily June 2, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Wow!! This is so cool! Such a great idea and what a coincidence the 30 year things. Meme does not look 90!! I would have said 70! My goal at 90 is to look that good at 90.

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 8:40 am

      I know! She has discovered the fountain of youth for sure. haha.

  • Reply Hayden Scharrer June 2, 2017 at 10:34 am

    First of all, you are all ROCKING it! Gorgeous! Second, those shirts..”made in the..” I am in LOVE! This is such a great idea and I hope that when my daughter is old enough, I too can do a photoshoot like this. The relationship you three hold seems so strong. Cherish that!

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Thank you girl! We had fun. I cherish it every day.

  • Reply Christy June 2, 2017 at 11:03 am

    This is a fantastic idea and how beautifully it turned out! Such a great tribute to your mother and grandmother!

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Thank you so much. I am really happy with how it turned out.

  • Reply Shannon Morscheck June 2, 2017 at 11:42 am

    So beautiful!! And photos you will Cherish for a lifetime!

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Absolutely!

  • Reply Valerie Hansen June 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    What a beautiful tribute and post, I love it! YOu all look lovely!

    Valerie
    xo

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Victoria with One Sharp Mama Blog June 2, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    This is so incredible! You’re very lucky to have these ladies in your life 😃 Such beautiful pics you can have forever. We just got back from a cruise where it was my grandmother, my mother, myself and my 6 month old daughter- 4 generations and we were quite proud about it too! Not many people get to say they have multiple generations together any more. Congrats and these are wonderful. I love your kind words about both ladies

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Awh. I love that. How sweet. I hope you got some great photos. <3

  • Reply Penny Struebig June 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    What wonderful pictures!! And my goodness, you MeMe looks fabulous!! Hope you got her genes.

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Me too! I’m convinced her outward beauty is her reward for being so kind for her entire life.

  • Reply Destiny June 2, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Awe Jess, I love this so much. It just brought tears to my eyes. You are such a captivating writer. And your family is gorgeous! What an incredible legacy!! I love how intentional you are. I was born in 79 my mom in 59 and darn it had I just had Avery one year later she could have been 99, but she was 98…oh well.

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Thank you so much, Des. You should still do something like that. Y’all are are GORGEOUS!!

  • Reply Dawn June 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    These are wonderful pictures. Your MeMe and Mom are beautiful. I can’t believe she’s 90. She’s lovely.

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Thank you! I agree completely.

  • Reply Sara June 2, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    These are some pretty amazing genetics! I can’t believe your MeMe is 90!!!! She doesn’t look a day over 60 herself!

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Awh. Thank you. She is sharp too. I really want her genes. haha.

  • Reply Lisa June 2, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    This is the most precious, wonderful thing! You speak so beautifully about both of the. And all three of you look waaay younger than your real age! I wish I could have done something special like this with my grandmother. What a treasure!

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Awh. Thank you. i so appreciate it.

  • Reply Nancy at Miles For Family June 2, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Wow, I love the photos. You all look great! I’m already in my 40s, but I hope I look that good at 60 and 90.

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Right?! Thank you so much.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag June 2, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Omg – I love your Made in the shirts. How cute. These are some great photos. 🙂 I love this idea.

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Thank you! They were fun and dorky but I loved them.

  • Reply Kanani June 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I wish we could have gotten pictures taken with my grandma before she passed. Love that you captured those moments!

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Thank you! I am so grateful for our time together.

  • Reply Ashley June 3, 2017 at 11:49 am

    I love this! How beautiful you all are. My Nana is 94, my mom is almost 60, I am 31, and my daughter is almost 2. I have a few shots of all 4 of us and I cherish them. I might have to do a post similar to this! You’ve inspired me!

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 9:08 am

      That is so beautiful! You should get some photos and post them. Love that you have 4 generations.

  • Reply Lisa Sanborn June 3, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Oh my goodness! So much to love about this beautiful post! All 3 of you are just gorgeous. I am so proud of you, Jessica, and all that you have accomplished.

    • Reply Jessica June 8, 2017 at 9:09 am

      You are so sweet. Thank you so much for your encouragement from 3rd grade to today. I am blessed with a beautiful family and wonderful teachers like yourself that inspired me throughout my childhood. <3

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