Happy Mother’s Day!

top left-Mom (age?) when she won “Little Miss Greenville”; top right-with the girls in the bluebonnets; bottom left-when Za was born 2002; bottom right-so stinking cute!

Happy Mother’s Day Mom! I love you!

A little bit about my mom…

She is one strong southern lady! My mom got Polio when she was 3.  Her parents drove her to Warm Springs, GA and left her there for treatment.  Can you imagine?  When she was well enough to return home, what did she do? She wanted to take dance-and my grandmother signed her up. DANCE! And she continued with ballet for 12 years eventually dancing en pointe. When she was diagnosed with severe arthritis in her hands a few years ago (she had all her finger joints fused together!)-she decided “hmm, this seems like a good time to take up…papercutting.” So she proceeded to begin the intricate hobby of scherenshnitte-which is she loved.  When she moved to the country she was finally able to indulge her love of animals.  She saw an episode of Martha Stewart in which she christened her new boat, and released doves in honor of it.  And again…does my mom rest on her laurels? No she does not.  She got the bright idea to start a business raising and releasing white homing pigeons (which look like dove).  She researched, planned, prepared, my dad built a coop and she commenced to raising pigeons.  She got very busy with that line of work! And again–she loved it.  She went to lots weddings, memorial services, and funerals.  Her babies would be released and would beat her back home.  She pampered them and loved them so much.

My mom had us when she was young-young enough that she still like playing with us. She was devoted to my brother and I-I always knew that and it gave me great comfort.  My mom and dad eloped when she was only 19. She stopped school and set about making a home and raising babies. But when I was in high school she decided to go back to school. She went to a college near our home and often saw friends of mine on campus–“Hi Mrs Duvall!” they would yell–and she would always tell them–“No really, you can just call me Susan now…”  She got way better grades than I did.  She was totally dedicated to her studies-and she seemed to really love it. I started really seeing my mom as a person–and not just my mom. You know how that is? She wanted to get her degree and get a job to help pay for my college.  I moved away from home to the “big city”–and would not have been able to do so without my mom (and dad’s!!) support.   When I started having to buy my own art supplies I was seriously astounded by the cost-I had never really given it a moment’s consideration growing up–because she just went without so I could have the supplies I needed.  Her support of my art and and my skills led me to pursue creative work.

She said “just be happy!! Do what you love-and remember that God gave you gifts–and its your responsibility to use them and not waste them-that would be a crying shame.”

She has used her gifts wisely and I’m doing my best to learn how to do the same.  As a mom myself now, I tell my girls the same exact thing. Strive to be the BEST YOU you can be.

I can’t believe this is the only photo I could find of my mom getting her diploma.

here we are ice skating in Dallas-not sure what year…but a LONG time ago.  I just love this photo–aren’t we having a high ‘ol time?

Mom–thanks for always encouraging me to follow my passions, for believing in me, and for helping me along the way. xo-see you in ONE MONTH!! Heather



  1. Heather,

    I enjoyed reading the account of your mother. I’m sure she is proud of you and all you’ve accomplished.

    For you to recognize her love and help while she is still with you speaks highly of your integrity.

  2. Of course, I had to read on… : ) Lovely story about your mom, April. She sounds wonderful!

  3. AprilHeather says:

    Thank you so much! I feel truly blessed-she is lovely lady.