Bohemian Woodland Glamour Shoot | Mills River, NC

Of the many influential people in my life, there is one who stands like a beacon: my mother. I have never met anyone like her in my life. I know that I am not the only one who sees her kindness to others, her servant’s heart and her perseverance. She sets an example to anyone who crosses her path, and truly cares for others. She reminds me of the Proverbs 31 woman, especially verse 27: “She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.”

For six years of my childhood, the years I remember the most, my mom worked. She worked tirelessly with my dad, day after day, building his business. But that business and those years of daily nine-to-fives wasn’t for them. It was for us. It was for my brother and me. It was so we could spend time together as a family and see each other more often than just evenings and weekends. It was so we could build a home on a property bigger than the little postage stamp we rented, a property where there was enough land to get lost on; a property where we could have cats. They had a vision for their family, and they worked towards it.  And when I was eleven, we bought that property.

However, those six years of work and stress wreaked havoc on my mom’s health. For ten years she searched for doctors to treat her, and not until this year did she find one. My mom’s health, which had been going downhill, is slowly being restored. Slowly, with much time and effort. Yet through her worst days, she has never stopped caring for us. On days when she should probably be in bed, she drives with me to music lessons. She helps me with a new business idea. She schools my brother and cousins. My mom has never stopped doing things for her family.

For mother’s day this year, I gave my mom a “glamour shoot”. It’s a little token of my love and gratefulness. I will never be able to repay her for all she has done for me, but I want her to know how much I love and appreciate everything she does for us. She is truly beautiful inside and out.

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