Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Day with My Mom | Personal

I had to drop off James and a friend at the airport in San Antonio earlier this month so I asked my mom if she wanted to come along and then we could spend the day together. My plan was to make it a bit of a pre-Mother's Day celebration.

Once we dropped off the guys, we headed over to Sugarbaker's for breakfast. It's a really cute little cafe with tasty food.

San Antonion Sugarbakers breakfast photography

San Antonio Sugarbakers food photography

From there, we drove through Olmos Park, to the Sunken Gardens. Going to San Antonio is nothing new to me but in all my years, I have never been to the Sunken Gardens. Time to change that. Now, I did imagine it'd be bigger but I enjoyed it nonetheless. We had a lovely day and enjoyed strolling the paths. It was neat to hear my mom reminisce about the last time she had been there back in 1968 with my dad.

San Antonio Sunken Gardens

San Antonio Sunken Gardens photography

San Antonio Sunken Gardens

Meet my mom, Cris.

We even recreated a photo my dad had taken of my mom. Sitting in the same spot on the bridge wall 43 years later.

After the gardens we drove to the neighborhood where my mom grew up. This is the church she attended and cleaned with her mom and even went to the school in the back. It was literally across the street from her home. Oh, she got married here too.

The photo in the center is the lot where her mom's house used to be, directly across from the church. We drove around and she told me about the different neighbors, the mechanic shop where her dad worked, the little grocery her mom would send her to for milk and even the spot where her and dad's first apartment used to be before he transferred to Colorado.

I treasure these stories from my mom and love that I am able to record them in words and images. It's something I think is so important for any family.

Our last stop of the day was to see my mom's older sister, my Aunt Teresa and her daughter Lupe. We spent a lovely afternoon talking about family and nothing in particular. My aunt lives in assisted living because of some health issues and also has some problems with short term memory. Her long term memory was pretty in tact though and it was great to hear stories about when they were younger.

I'd say it was a great way to spend a day and made me really treasure family and my history even more. I hope I never loose that interest or take my family for granted. Thanks for letting me share this day with you!



  1. Oh wow! I love this post, all of it!! What beautiful weather and setting. Mom looks great in the gardens. (I need a print!) And I love the family shots. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

  2. Thanks for sharing such a special day! Love that you will have that documented and those memories to share for a lifetime :) Another amazing reason we love our job!

  3. Wow Elizabeth....the family will treasure what you have done here for a very long time. May the Lord bless you for your sensitivity and ministry to the family and friends. The church pictures are special to me because it is where Dad & Mom were married. Love you! Cara


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