As you know, I don’t like to get too personal on here. It’s not the place. Unless your personal life mixes with your professional. In this case, it did.
I feel like it’s gotta get a little personal so you know why this person means so much to me. So grab your Styrofoam cup and burnt coffee and lets have a little personal chat.
My dad got sick when I was in the second grade, leaving my mom to care for two young kids. Short on English and resources, to say she struggled would be and understatement. In comes the Joe and Margo. They started helping my mom the minute they moved in across the street from us. A young couple with no children of their own. Often times Margo would
tattle notify my mom if she saw my sister or I up to no good. Which did not make her popular with me at that time. Fast forward to Margo getting pregnant and having a beautiful baby girl named Ashley, who my mom then started watching on a part-time basis. Ashley was seriously the perfect kid. I would often drive her to a field not to far away and feed the horses with her. Her most favorite past time. She also liked to say “Momma” especially when I would take her to run errands with me. I got many-a teen mom speech from random strangers. Fun times. Ashley also couldn’t say my name so she started calling me “Andy” which is a nick name thats stuck for years. You can always tell who my oldest friends are if you hear them refer to me as “Andi”.
Fast forward many, many, many more years and two more amazing kids later that my mom until a year ago watched regularly as well. Joe and Margo are still helping my mom in every aspect of her life. They take off work, volunteer their already sparse spare time to help her.. They’re better kids than my sister and I could ever be. My sweet, sweet Tashy is now 18 years old. Things have come full circle. She babysits my kids now, and hopefully gets teen mom looks as well.
Ashley has grown to be a truly amazing woman. She’s so smart, and wise beyond her years. She doesn’t give into peer pressure, doesn’t care to change her beliefs or morals for anyone. She’s a straight A, honor student whose been accepted into the University of Texas Nursing School. Which, if you do know her.. is like. Duh. She’s a FIRM God lover. A great sister, and an easy daughter. I’m not sure Ashley has ever been grounded. I’m not even sure she’s ever cussed. Then again, I probably do enough for the both of us. All this stems from two amazing parents. Who I am sooo deeply blessed to call family.
Ashley Nicole.. Tashy. I am so truly honored to have been able to watch you grow up. I am so excited for you, and look forward to watching you do great things. Because Ashley is SUCH a VIP for me, I wanted to make sure she had awesome Senior Pictures. I mean, you’re only a Senior once right. Well, except in college.. and then when you’re 60… So of course I called up my friend Amanda with Amanda Pomilla Photography and she was so gracious and flexible with my crazy schedule. We had such an awesome time shooting these. The day was chilly, and WIIINDY but we powered through and Amanda really did capture Ashley and all of her sweetness. Her talent for capturing people, as they are- is just nothing short of amazing. So thank you Amanda for these great pictures!
And in true family nature my amazingly talented sister (Wendee Sawran) seriously whipped up the floral head piece/crown on super short notice. Because, who isn’t always surrounded my gorgeous flowers that are ready to be turned into beautiful head decor? Fair warning.. don’t click on the link in her name unless you want to suffer from insanely gorgeous flower overload. Just sayin’.