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Dear House on the Mill

Southern Mornings

I have been very fortunate to have so many strong women in my life.  For the majority of my life I not only had my mother, I had two grandmothers and two great-grandmothers.  I am fortunate that I have my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother still with me today.  The life lessons and memories that each of these women have left with me can never be replaced.  They are women who are strong (sometimes stubborn), loving, passionate, and so caring.

I carry pieces of my grandmother, Ann (Mamaw), and great-grandmother, Eva (Grandma), every day with me even though they are no longer here in flesh.  Both of these women were masters in the kitchen and could win the pickiest of eaters over in a flash.  They spent hours in the kitchen making meals for the ones they loved - that was their love language. 

My favorite meal though is breakfast!  Grandma would wake up every morning before the sun rose and start baking from scratch her biscuits and gravy.  Sifting flour, rolling dough, and using a cup to cut the shape of each delicious biscuit.  Nights I stayed at her house, I would wake to the smell of biscuits being pulled from the oven and ready to eat.  It was always the same and always delicious.

Mornings with Mamaw were such a treat.  She would make whatever I wanted for breakfast - pancakes, grits, bacon, you name it.  After breakfast we would spend the rest of the morning signing her favorite Gospel songs or watching Lifetime movies.  Popcorn after breakfast was always allowed and I never had to change out of my pajamas.

Those memories are what remind me that it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.  That's also why I take pride in having pieces from both of these women displayed in my home.  Jewelry that others would think is worthless means more than money to me because it came from my Mamaw.  A kitchen cabinet and wardrobe from my Grandma (both that needed a little fixing up) still show flaws on the outside but I would never trade them.  I take pride in knowing that these strong women helped shape who I am today, not only by my name but also in my heart.

As always, thank you for stopping by!

-Eva Nicole