It has been one whole year since my wonderful 'Mimi' went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It still doesn't seem real that she is gone and I still find myself picking up the phone to call her sometimes. She was an incredible Godly lady who loved her family endlessly. She is one of the reasons I am who I am today as her influence was a crucial part of my childhood. I thought it would be fitting to share a few life lessons she taught me and bits of advice she gave me that I will treasure forever. I miss her so much, but I know that she wouldn't trade heaven for this world. If I was with Jesus I wouldn't come back for anything either!
Life Lessons From A True Southern Lady
1. Always keep God first and He will lead you the right way. My Mimi loved the Lord and was always serving others before herself. She was faithful to God, her family, her church, and she was a thankful person for all God had done for her. She was always helping someone or cooking them a meal when they were sick. She knew how important it was to walk with God.
2. Family is important. My Mimi would cook a meal and get us all together every chance she got and truly just enjoyed our company. So many memories I have include meals at Mimi's house after church on Sunday or waking up to her cooking us breakfast on a snow day. We always spent holidays at her house and I am obsessed with Christmas because of how special she made it every year. Every vacation we went on and all the weekend sports tournaments we participated in included my Mimi coming with us.
3. Fix yourself up before going out. I would often watch my Mimi get ready to 'go to town' and the way she put her makeup on always fascinated me. She would put on her foundation and powder and then match her lipstick color to whatever she was wearing that day. Then she teased her hair really high and would spray it with hairspray and you would know that her hair wouldn't move even if she got caught up in a tornado. I love the way she always put herself together so gracefully and always wore outfits that matched her jewelry and lipstick. I had a lot of insecurities about the way I looked growing up and she never failed to remind me that I was beautiful. Funny story: We used to give her a hard time about her bright colored lipsticks and the elastic wasted jeans she would wear as she had a million pairs of those. She always said they were comfy and now I live in elastic wasted yoga pants! HA!
4.Work hard at everything you do in life. My Mimi loved working at 'Photo Quick' and loved photography. She worked there for many, many, years and then would come home and work hard around her home. I would watch her clean the house, cook, work in the garden, sew, and pretty much do everything else in between. My Mimi was a hard worker her whole life and I never saw her sit still for more than a few minutes at a time. I remember her always encouraging me to work hard in school and in life and was always so proud of my accomplishments. If my brother or I had any kind of school program or sports game she was always in attendance front and center to cheer us on.
5. Love and forgive others. My precious Mimi was always telling me to forgive and not hold grudges against others. I would often go to her and tell her how angry I was at someone and she would always remind me to forgive them and move on. She was so loving and forgiving when others would hurt her feelings. My Mimi really helped me get through some very difficult seasons as a young girl and her encouragement always meant the world to me.
I could go on and on about how much she taught me and how wonderful she was, but it would take me forever to write it all down. You would just have to had known her to see how wonderful she truly was. I am so thankful for her example and I am glad I know that I will see her again one day.
We miss you Mimi!