I had the pleasure of joining my son John, his wife Mallory, and their daughters Jane and Lucy on their family vacation last week. I was able to experience and savor special moments that everyday life does not always allow. I loved watching the girls! Lucy is so creative, inventing characters and stories while playing on the beach. Jane was such an angel, adjusting well to the differences each day brought. And sweet, attentive Lucy always made sure "Sissy" was included. Honestly, the biggest joy for me was to experience the daily interaction of this family & how proud I am of these parents. Life is good!
Today my mother Betty Stewart Wingfield would have been 98 years old. Her Wesleyan College Senior Portrait is one of my favorites. She used to always tell us we were so pretty and she just didn't know how she had such beautiful children. I thought she looked like a Beauty Queen.
I have written about my Mama numerous times over the years, and I constantly tell of her strength and determination—two of the greatest gifts bestowed upon me. How this young widow provided for five children, I'll just never truly know.
Sometimes when I look in the mirror and see features that are hers—specifically my blue eyes and grey hair—I am so grateful for the many lessons from Mama Betty! The family has grown and there's a little bit of Wingfield in all of us: five children, twelve grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Mama would be proud.
Happy Birthday Mama!
Today Lucy turned two. Her Mom & Dad thought this vintage-inspired kitchen set would be the perfect gift. I think she agrees.
Meanwhile, I'm tasting and perfecting cake recipes for the cookbook in my test kitchen. I'm keeping those recipes under wraps until the cookbook is completed; well, I may have to share a few of the secrets with Lucy! #Lucy #birthdaygirl #family #GrannyV #VeryVera #cakerecipes #secretrecipes #familytraditions