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Heather Gerrald Morris We had a very wonderful upbringing. My favorite memories are of the
My fond memories of childhood are many, as I had a great childhood.
times we spent at the beach and our trips to Disney World and Universal
Some of my fondest, I would have to say, are the holidays and our family
Studios. These memories are the ones I still think of today, and I can’t help
vacations. Momma always made sure they were special.
but smile. Mom always made sure we had the best experiences, and tons of memories were made.
My mom has also taught many important things, such as how to be a mother first and friend second, how to love and be patient. She always was
Momma is a very sweet, caring, and loving person, who often puts
and still is, patient. Yet she was stern. If she said something, she meant it.
others before herself. She is such a strong and independent woman. She is
That taught me the importance of manners and treating others with respect.
my role model and best friend. Whenever we got out of line or into trouble at school, a look was all she needed to give us, and we knew it was over.
I admire my mom’s advice and who she is as a person. Any time I have a problem, I know I can always go to her as she is always just a call away.
She taught us to always keep God and our family close because that
After giving her advice she adds, “You can do what you want with it.” I love
is really all you need in this crazy world. She has always wanted the best
having her input and since her advice is always good, I take it! Her love for
for me! I was a stubborn one growing up and liked to do things my way,
the Lord always shines through in her love for others and desire to help
knowing there were always consequences; however, all of those things
made me into who I am today, thanks to her.
Now that I am a mom, I love living life again with my children, and
As a mother, I enjoy the love my children give me, and I also enjoy
being there as they experience life. I enjoy watching them grow up with
watching them grow into individuals. Thomas (3) and Hadley (9 months) are
their cousins and seeing my mom light up every time she sees them. Having
my world and my greatest blessings. Seeing mom with my children (they
my mom and my sister with me every day and having the opportunity to
call her “Gigi”) makes my heart swell. They don’t know yet how blessed
raise our children together is a blessing. They are my very best friends, and
they are to have such a sweet jewel as a grandparent.
I would not want it any other way.
Thank you, Momma, for being such a wonderful mother and for being
I pray that I can be even half the mother to my children that my mom has
the glue for our family. You have taught me so many things that I plan to
been to my sister and me. I can easily say you and Heather are my very best
pass on to my children. You always made mothering look easy and made
friends, and I would not want it any other way. Thank you, Mom, for always
sure we always had more than we ever needed.
being there for our family. You are the glue that has always kept us close, and now that I am older, I appreciate that even more.
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