07 March, 2011

Women's History Month

So, March is Women's History Month.  

A friend asked: What woman, past or present, has provided the biggest impact on your life? 

Beyond my mother, my answers would be (in no particular order)
  1. Grandma Marion
  2. Grandma Jean
  3. Grandma Bev
  4. Beverly Maynard
  5. Karen 
  6. Joy
  7. Halle  
  8. Abby
  9. A.J.
  10. Erin
  11. My mama
My grandma Marion was much like a mother to me growing up. We lived on the ranch together, and while my parents kept everything going, my grandmother would be with me. We baked on Sunday afternoons, played games during the day. I have a photo of me dressed up in her clothes. She gave me baths and tucked me in when I stayed at her house. 

Beyond being a stable caretaker in my early life, my grandmother was an incredible woman of God. It was said at her memorial service that people could tell by the way she walked there was something more to her. She was one of a kind. The more I learn about her, the more I admire her. She raised four kids and ran a household while her husband travelled the world for his job. Running the home for a family in missions meant having extra people live with you. In her 30's, she and her husband moved into the woods, to a ranch in the middle of nowhere, to start a resort place where businessmen could disconnect for a week, reconnect with their families, be surrounded by God's beauty and maybe figure out their grander place in the scheme of life. 

After she passed away I used to see traces of her at the ranch. From the way we served dinner, to clearing the tables, to cleaning the cabins or taking care of the kids - it all reflected the amazing legacy of a homemaker, who gave her life to service, and loving her family and others as God called her to. 

She challenged me from an early age to strive to live the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) and got after me when I didn't. I have taken her maiden name (Bailey) as one for my photography, wanting to exemplify her desire to see the beauty (and dignity) in everyone, in every moment of every encounter. 

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