This beautiful woman, Momma Esther has shown me what a true mother’s love feels, looks and sounds life. She truly is living her best life. Loving mother, grandmother, wife and friend. Independent, strong and never without a smile and a blessing to share. I’m so happy I get to choose her to my momma even if biology didn’t make it that way. #worldsgreatestmom#myhero#iwanttobeyouwhenigrowup
Happy birthday to my best friend!!! You are the most positive and giving person, thank you for always being one text/call away 💗😇 30 looks realllyyy good on you! Love you tons! #29ish#iwanttobeyouwhenigrowup
Pretty special evening celebrating the one & only, Londyn Grace 💖 She has learned/grown SO much this year, her teachers are absolutely wonderful, & her confident, radiant self is so ready to go on to kindergarten — congrats to this little preK grad 🎓I love you to the moon & ... #iwanttobeyouwhenigrowup 💕#youdoyougirl
Happiest Birthday to you, my dear Grace. It’s been a w i l d ride, but I’d never want to sit next to anyone else for the journey. Your strength, humor, creativity, love and ability to stand tall through anything has made me so envious of you, always. I love you so much, you’re the realest cat around. #timetofindhealthinsurance#iwanttobeyouwhenigrowup
There’s pictures of her she loves and some she HATES. This is not her favorite but it is mine cuz this smile, this spirit and this joy is the actual essence of my mother in one picture. She’s the strongest woman I know and I can only hope I’m half the mama she is. Happy Mother’s Day to the most wonderful woman and the best mama in the world #ILoveYou#MyMamaBear#IWantToBeYouWhenIGrowUp#HappyMothersDay #❤️
Yours was the first embrace I ever knew and I thought "this is safety." Yours was the voice I heard most often and I thought "this is language." When you praised my accomplishments I knew what pride was and when you gently took me aside for a reprimand, I knew correction without shame. Yours was, and is, the shoulder I cry on. You are the person I most wanted to be like in my life. You are there for the best moments, the most loveable sides of me; but you are crucially there in the midst of the tempestuous moments and the worst versions of myself.
You are my mom. And I still want to be you when I grow up.
@jacquelynlownds Happy Mothers Day
In honor of #mothersday2018 & #mmmay18 I’m posting the handmade jewelry of my mother-in-law, Ruth Betty G (#MyRBG ).
Graduating college at 20 years of age on a scholarship from her synagogue, she attended medical school where she was 1 of 2 women in her class. Ruth went onto become a pediatric nephrologist in Philadelphia and raised 3 amazing human beings with her loving husband of 60+ years, Marv.
Ten years ago, at the age of 77, she took up jewelry making. I have been the lucky receipt of several of her pieces. In addition to making jewelry, she registers voters, leads a poetry club, participates in several book groups and is learning Yiddish. Happy Mother’s Day to one of my favorite women! #iwanttobeyouwhenigrowup#handmadejewelry#grandmothersforobama
Doing a deep re-reading of my dear mentor Alessandra Lynch’s beautiful book today. Her work represents an intense emotional labor of love, painful truth, and advocacy. I am so proud to see her work receiving the critical attention and admiration it deserves— this book is a timely, much-needed inspiration. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who has a love for poetry, a passion for advocacy, a heart for empathy, and an impulse to connect powerfully and beautifully to the experience of being a survivor.
For those of you who didn’t already know, April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month. I’m so grateful for the work I was able to do to support @saraminor08 and @sarahbarnesdiaz this past month and YEAR ROUND as they have fought the frequently uphill battle for effective, trauma-informed sexual assault prevention and response on campus. As seems to be the case in any field and in every setting that the most critical work is done behind the scenes by badass women, often without audience or applause. I am so privileged to have just glimpsed the comprehensive, taxing work these women do every single day. •
Learning from all three of these intelligent, empathetic, incredibly hardworking, and resilient female role models throughout my college career has hands-down been the most empowering, important experience of my life. They have had an enormous impact on the lives of so many survivors on our campus. I am a better student, friend, worker, advocate, and woman for having watched them give their physical, mental, and emotional energy to advocate for themselves and for the strong, courageous survivors they care about. •
Humble, loving words from the Professoressa herself on the Acknowledgements page of Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment: “I feel intense appreciation and admiration for my students who bravely open their hearts and help me to do the same.” Thank YOU, A, for all that you continue to teach me and us. Thank you, Sara, for your sincere, whole-hearted, survivor-centered service and for your refreshing transparency. And thank you, Sarah, for your unmatched expertise, grit, integrity, and admirable composure in all that you do. THANK YOU.
PROUD BROTHER POST
This girl right here graduates from college today! Well, she’s actually an overachiever and finished a semester early. However, today we celebrate not just this incredible milestone, but the woman she’s grown up to be. A woman filled with Christlike character, honor, and integrity. A woman that cares for and loves others deeply. She radiates beauty, both inside and out. She is creative, artistic, talented, and a PHENOMENAL photographer! (Seriously. Hit her up for all of your photography needs.)
Tina, I’m so proud of you! I always have been. Thank you for loving me even when it’s been difficult to and for setting an example of the kind of life I want to live. Go be a world changer. I’m excited to see all the ways in which God continues to bless you and use you in this next chapter of your life. I love you!
Pinch me, did this really happen? SO honored to have danced next to these INSANELY talented and accomplished professional dancers this past weekend at the Daytime Emmys!!! I left SO inspired and with even more passion for dance, because of them. Thank you all so much! @moveyoutoinspire @jonasuber12 @alex_francoeur @cmalyia @missyellowdiamond
This is Mila and I love her. She's come to 2 of our shows in the last 2 months. She just turned 7 years old and she's an aspiring musician. For her birthday, she invited all her friends over for an Open Mic Night (gah!) at her house, which she hosted. Last night, she came out to @joyikemusic and I's show at Rittenhouse SoundWorks with her mom. While listening to the music, she drew these pictures for us! ❤️ 😩 *My heart* This is the future of creativity and music making in America. And the future is bright! #TheAmazingMila#IWantToBeYouWhenIGrowUp#NeverTooYoung
I’ve been trying to think of a caption that is good enough for Ava for such a long time and at this point I’m convinced there are no words that describe how wonderful she is #mostfavoritehuman#iwanttobeyouwhenigrowup
I’m going to miss this beauty ... she was such an asset to our salon but she is reaching for more goals in her life .... she going to make a great teacher to those little ones ...wishing you the best in your newest journey @steph__brownnn Love you and can’t wait to watch you reach for the stars #iwanttobeyouwhenigrowup#workbestie#daughterfigure
I don’t know how I landed the privilege to be surrounded by so many incredible female business owners and leaders in Fort Worth. I often feel like the annoying little sister asking 1,000,000 questions and soaking up every bit of wisdom they have to share. There’s no clear-cut manual on this entrepeneur life and it is hard. Yesterday, was such a special treat to see two more strong women @alchemypops and @thegreenhouse817 open their new retail spaces! It was just another reminder that Moxxie will be there someday too. It just takes time... and your village behind you encouraging you along the way. CONGRATS YOU TWO!! You inspire me!
I am so glad I used you for a ride to pelicans and your popularity sophomore year of high school. Your friendship has meant more to me than you know! I’m so glad we could feed off of each other and I truly feel like we have made each other better (and worse) people. Happy Birthday to the friend that can take tequila shots like it’s nothing, will spontaneously have cringe photoshoots just for one ig picture, & shares my love for humor and most importantly açai. I hope 21 treats you well and I can’t wait for more years of friendship with you. 🖤 #fitupinireland#youaretheloveofmylife#kkarli#ccarly#happybirthday#iwanttobeyouwhenigrowup
My previous boss and his wife founded Junior Achievement China 25 years ago. Now the organization has impacted millions of young people. Every time I talk with them I feel being heard, understood and inspired. #iwanttobeyouwhenigrowup
This guy here (the one without the jingle bells 😉)— never ceases to amaze me. This weekend ended up getting double booked with the craft fair AND the second round of play offs (whoops!). However, despite the madness of coordinating hundreds of loose ends and managing to get 20+ soccer players to a game 2 hours away, he seemed to love every minute of it. Way to go coach. #iwanttobeyouwhenigrowup (special thanks to @saraanne_photography for catching this photo at the craft fair this weekend)
@mannfamily01 have I ever mentioned how much I love you and your family and how lucky I am to have you in my life? At Fort Drum I never would've thought we'd be here... but here we are.
Thank you so much for your hospitality, advice, love, pep talks, wine selections, and friendship. You always know which one of those I need at that moment. This guest bed, brownie, and the black lab snuggles made all of yesterday's bullshit seem a little more bearable.
Happy Birthday Mom! I wish I could be in Ontario to give you a squeeze the size of your heart. But today I’m thankful for everything you’ve taught me, the kindness and courage you raised us with and the unconditional love you put into this world. ♥️ #thankful#iwanttobeyouwhenigrowup#momsonmountains
Such an amazing time with some amazing people! @wenyzu1110 congrats on this amazing mile stone ♥️ 10 years strong and counting. Thank you for letting us be a part of this amazing celebration! Love you
Photo credit: @estrella_miax3