today i celebrate my mom. she's a pretty amazing lady.
this photo was taken on her wedding day in 1968 when she was 21 years old. it's my all time favorite picture of my mom. and it's one of the only one's that we have of her when she was young. in 1989, we lost our house and all our possessions, including photos and this dress, in a house fire. and i'm so thankful my grandma sent me this picture a few months ago because she knew how much it meant to me.
my mom designed and made her wedding dress herself on the sewing machine my dad bought her the previous christmas. she made most of her clothes growing up and into her young adult years. her gown was fitted on matilda! she's always enjoyed working with her hands, whether making clothes, building houses, or working in her garden.
but on august 29, 2010 my mom suffered a stroke that has left her in a wheelchair and unable to care for herself. it's been a huge adjustment for our whole family because she isn't the same. she still talks fine, but her personality is different and she's just not the independent woman we all knew.
but on this mother's day, i am so very thankful that i can spend it with my mom. because no matter how things have changed over the last year, she's still here. i can still see her, hug her, tell her i love her.
and that makes this mother's day very special :)