Here in the south, there are many things sacred to us. At the top of our list would be the women that helped raise us.
If this is your first time visiting our blog, then let us explain that family is very important to us. Our 165-acre family farm holds our beloved event venue, Highland Stables and we have the honor of meeting and being surrounded by beautiful, intelligent, and persistent women on a weekly basis. We've learned lessons from each of the moms, aunts, sisters, friends that our Highland couples bring through our doors but MOST of our memories, traits, and special moments have our own mothers influence. Below Angie, myself (Whitnee), and Kaleighn explain what makes each of our mommas so special to us!
The one word that always comes to mind when thinking of my mom is SURVIVOR. She has been through so much including breast cancer, all these things she just powered through. So when I was diagnosed with cancer last year, I tried to follow her example of staying strong. I had my cry then I dusted myself off, fixed my make-up (its a southern thing) and powered through. I feel incredibly blessed to still have my beautiful mom. We love to spend our much coveted time together looking for treasures. Time spent at garage sales, consignment & antiquing are our favorites. My mom taught me to see past scratches and flaws and look for the beauty underneath. My favorite saying that my mom says is Pretty is as Pretty Does. She lives this everyday. I love you mom!
"Pretty is as Pretty Does"
Angie and her mom celebrating her favorite holiday, Halloween.
My Mom, Bonnie, is one of the greatest women I have ever known. When trying to describe my Mom, three words come to mind: intelligent, beautiful, and role model. My Mom is incredibly smart and has always strived for more, in her professional life. She works her butt off, so my 2 younger brothers and I can have the best life possible. My Mom is insanely gorgeous and works hard to maintain not only a strong mind, but a strong body by participating in CrossFit and recently has ran a couple races. My Mom continues to impress me and gives my brothers and I the best role model possible. For the year leading up to my wedding, my Mom basically dropped everything, and planned every second of our wedding weekend. From the gold flatware on the tables, to the surprise black and white dance floor, to match our theme, to the million other little details that would take me hundreds of pages to list. She did so much for Dave (my husband) and me, not only in that year but every single day, with complete grace and, what seems like, effortlessness. My Mom has taught me so much, but my favorite thing is to always push yourself and strive for more; never settle. Growing up, I was constantly told how much I resembled my Mom, not only physically, but mentally. Of course, I rolled my eyes with the standard “ugh, gross” but as I get older, I learn each day how similar we are (which may explain why we butted heads so much in my teenage years!). My perfect day with my Mom is when we get to go get our nails done, go to a great brunch and maybe do some shopping and just hang out. Spending quality time together is by far my favorite thing to do, since we live 4 hours apart and don’t get to see each other more than once or twice a month. I love my Mom and I am so grateful that I am becoming more and more like her and that she is mine!
Wedding Dreams Do Come True
"For the year leading up to my wedding, my Mom basically dropped everything, and planned every second of our wedding weekend. From the gold flatware on the tables, to the surprise black and white dance floor, to match our theme, to the million other little details that would take me hundreds of pages to list."
My mom, Alane Lee is one of the hardest working and self-less women that I know and has always done what needed to be done without having any complaints or expecting a thank you. I honestly don’t know how I could do this whole mom thing without her constant advice, support, encouragement, and love. In January 2017, our world was rocked when my dad had a knee replacement surgery and came out paralyzed from having a stroke in his back. During the time of doctors and my dad trying to figure everything out in the hospital at Vanderbilt and in rehab at Stallworth, my mom would go into work at 5am- work a half day and then go and spend the rest of the day/evening with my dad, drive back home then do it all again the next day. She did what she had to do to get the job done but also be there for my dad and our family. She continues to do so and you will still see her working in the yard, making sure her house is spotless, taking my dad to his appointments, helping me with the kids, and still get her 40-hour week in. If I can be half the mom and wife she is, I would know that I did something right.
I am not afraid... I was born to do this.
"I honestly don’t know how I could do this whole mom thing without her constant advice, support, encouragement, and love."
While Mother's Day is a day to honor those who raised us. May we each try to find a way to celebrate them, not only on Mother's Day but everyday.
Happy Mother's Day!