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Meet Neely's Mom

Article posted on Wednesday, July, 21st, 2010 at 8:00 am

Everything I’ve done in life has prepared me to tell our story.  It just took me a while to figure that out ~

I’ve always been a typical Type A personality. High Standards attached to even higher expectations.  The middle child of a farmer that grew up to attend a classic southern university, marry her high school sweetheart, and have 2 charming children.  It all seems pretty storybook if your on the outside looking in.

My story stems from the twisted historical roots of a classic southern family (and everything that implies.)  It is a story of pure joy, pain and determination to find the light at the end of every tunnel.  (I can’t help it – Disney’s Pollyanna had a huge impact on me as a child)

And now here I am.  Wife, Mother, Marketer, Storyteller. The first 3 all leading to the latter.

A typical day for me includes…Actually, there is no such thing a typical day for me.  But I usually  have lots of fun.   Playing dress-up, planning parties, making costumes,  cooking family dinners, packing lunches with little notes tucked inside, dancing in the living room, settling arguments, organizing toys, and negotiating desserts. In fact, the conversation at our dinner table tonight went something like this.

Neely – Can I have a cupcake?

Mom – No, you’ve already had one cupcake today.

Ava – (Looking at Dad) Can I have a cupcake?

Dad – No, You’ve already had a cupcake today. That’s enough.

Ava – But Dad, there chocolate!

Mom – Ava, Do you love chocolate more than anything in the world?

Ava – Yes!

Dad – More than me?

Ava – No.

Mom – More than me?

Ava – No.

Mom – More than Neely?

Ava – No. (Silent, Thoughtful pause) Well, Maybe a little bit.

If Jamie is the Rock of our family, then I am the glue.  It’s a team effort.  Our family is full of love, fun, mentoring, discipline, planning, and organizing. (It’s takes a lot of organization) And our story is just beginning.  There is so much left to tell and so much left to happen….Stay tuned.

1 comment

  • Looking forward to the rest of the story.

    You have a beautiful family and it’s been inspiring to see you all come through this, and fight to make things different and better for others.

    One of my favorite quotes is Emerson’s definition of success – much of it would apply here, but the last part strikes me when reading your blog…”to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived-this is to have succeeded.”

    So tell on for all those other families who need to hear it – I know someone will breathe easier because of it.

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