My mom… How do I even write this post without tearing up? She has always been there for us, through thick and thin. And she is here for us now in such a way, that is getting us through day to day life.

Don’t get me wrong, we have had our moments. After all, I was a teenager once! Though shy, I was a fiercely independent, strong willed child. Which I’m sure made life easy for mom… ;).

Over the years out relationship has evolved and she has taught me so very much. All of my compassion comes from her. Her unique ability to know exactly how to help, is truly a gift. A small streak of stubbornness helps her navigate this world and deal with all of our strong personalities! Through her example we were taught how to stand up to the bullies and stand up for the underdog. How to help people in crisis and how to truly be there for someone.  She taught us how to love and is teaching our sweet kids the same.

Mom, we are so fortunate, lucky, blessed, thankful (the list goes on and on) that you can be here with us for most of this rather un-fun journey. I promise, as soon as we get through this – we are going to all have LOTS more fun!!  At the beach!!

I Love you Mom!!!

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  • Reply SBG January 23, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Your mom is one of the most incredible people I have ever known. Legendary youth and college leader at Salem, compassionate to the core and maker of the world’s most delicious sweet tea. That tea is a masterpiece. Even the times I’ve tried to mimic how she does it, my tea never quite tastes the same. Glo never ratted me out at Caswell, one summer, when I was caught running around on the roof of the cottage. I just love her to pieces – so many of us, do. How blessed you are to have such an amazing mother by your side during this journey. Love you both!

    • Reply Shannon January 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

      SBG – there were the “bad tea years” that we don’t speak of… But those helped define the delicious tea! And I love that you were on the roof of the cottage! :) lots of love right back to you!!

  • Reply Pilar Moseley January 20, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    You do have a tremendous mom! Mrs. Andrews helped me through a crisis when I was a teenager. My heart has been connected to her heart (in my mind) ever since. You are strong just like her, Shannon.

    • Reply Shannon January 23, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you Pilar! I am so glad she was there for you!!

  • Reply Cathy January 20, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    What a beautiful photo and tribute to your mom!

    • Reply Shannon January 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you Cathy! I miss seeing you!

  • Reply Gail January 20, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Your mom is a very strong woman and I treasure her as a friend.

    • Reply Shannon January 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm


  • Reply Betsy January 20, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I agree with everything your wrote about your MOM. She has been there for me more than once!

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