Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Kathy and Ruth)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 12 , 2013

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This 3 generation photo of my mom, Ruth Consaley, my daughter, Katie, and I, was taken several years ago.


While Mom is no longer with us, her wisdom and kindness resonate with me every day. This Mother’s Day will be a special one, since we are preparing for Katie’s wedding at the end of the month. We feel my mother’s spirit throughout all of our planning and know she is looking down smiling with pride and joy.

How do you most want to be like your Mom? 

My mom was just a darn good person. Selfless, caring, loyal, smart. She loved to laugh. Everyday simple pleasures and her family are the things she valued most. Her faith was strong and yet she never forced in on others.


She is a tough act to follow… and I will always love her for that.

Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Peter and Jane)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 12 , 2013

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Peter & Jane

What do you call your “Mom”?     

Mom

What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?
When she was the den mother in my Cub Scout den.

What is the most special moment you shared with your Mom?  

We have had some great times together celebrating her birthday. One of my favorite memories was going to a James Taylor concert.

What things did Mom make you do that you didn’t want to do?

She used to make me practice my guitar every morning before school.

When you got into trouble, what did Mom do that helped you learn? 
Always be honest—it’s the best policy.

How do you most want to be like your Mom?  

My mother is a friend to all, and she loves to be with other people. I hope that I do the same with the new people that I meet.

How has your Mom impacted your life / What do you most admire about her?   

She is very creative, and always thinking of new ways to do things. I think I get my creative skills from my mother.

What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?   

Shop, talk, and eat—we enjoy just spending the time together.

What makes her better than any other Mom?  

She is a great friend to me—more than just a parent.

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?   

Believe in yourself.

Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Teresa and Donna)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 11 , 2013

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Then: Donna & Teresa   Now: Donna & Teresa


What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up?
We loved to go to Core Creek Park where we would spend hours flying kites, skipping rocks and fishing. But some of my fondest memories are of summer vacations in North Wildwood, enjoying the rides on the boardwalk, having a blast at the water park, and building sand castles on the beach. So many years of great memories!


How do you most want to be like your Mom?
My mom knows who she is, treats the ones she loves well, and doesn’t let anything or anyone hold her back. If I could be like her in any of these ways, I’d count myself lucky.


Growing up, what is a favorite memory of your Mom?
My mom would work at night, so I would write her notes and seal them up so my brothers and my dad couldn’t read them, and leave them on the kitchen table before I went to bed. When I would get up in the morning, there would be a note waiting for me from my mom in the same spot. It was a fun, special way for the only gals in the house to connect.


How has your Mom impacted your life / What do you most admire about her?
I admire the strong, independent, creative woman she is. She’s not one to back down from a challenge and is never afraid to jump right in to something new. I love that she never takes herself too seriously and is always up for an adventure.


What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?
We like to shop, lately at thrift stores and flea markets. And we both love to tear rooms apart and then put them back together better than they were before. One of us always has a house-related project going on. We’ve acquired lots of hands-on skills over the last few years that we enjoy putting to use!


What makes her better than any other Mom?
Her unfaltering support of our family. She would go to the ends of the earth for us. And we wouldn’t even have to ask, she’d offer. We have been through a lot together, and she has always been our rock.


Describe your Mom with 3 words
Selfless
Spunky
Fabulous!

Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Joanna and Lynn)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 11 , 2013

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Then: Joanna & Lynn   Now: Lynn & Joanna

What do you call your “Mom”?
Mom

What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?

I remember my mom bringing my younger sister home from the hospital. I was 4 years old at the time. I remember her being so excited to see my older sister and I.

What things did your Mom make you do that you didn’t want to do?
My mom never made us do what we didn’t want to do…at least i don’t remember her doing so. If we hesitated, she pushed but we were never forced to do something we really did not want to do. That freedom, I think encouraged us to try things without fear that we were bound to anything forever, we often persevered at our own will.

When you got into trouble, what did your Mom do that helped you learn?
Although we got ourselves into trouble….my mom never made us feel that we had to get ourselves out of it alone but she certainly didn’t do it for us either. I remember a time, i went into a neighbors yard without their permission to use their swing, it broke while I was playing on it. It was weathered, not my fault, but my mom made me walk down and let them know I did it…. she came along with me and instead of scolding me for using it without permission she assured me it was an accident. She had a way of teaching responsibility without humiliation and supporting us to make it right instead of focusing on what we did wrong…Nice Approach Mom!

How do you most want to be like your Mom? 

My mom always had this way of trusting us enough to let us make our own decisions but teaching, guiding and disciplining us enough to make sure (or hope) we made the right ones…For the most part, my sisters and I made pretty good decisions growing up. How did she do that?!!?

Growing up, what is a favorite memory of your Mom?
A favorite memory of my childhood is my mom driving us (my 2 sisters and I) to school in the morning and being there when we ran in the door in the afternoon. She was always at the ironing board, ironing uniform blouses, watching soaps and drinking tea… the smell of spray starch is completely connected to the 3 o’clock hour for me…. Crazy after all these years?!

How has your Mom impacted your life?
What do you most admire about her? 
My mom made being a mother seem easy and seamless. I never remember her looking frazzled or stressed. I have always loved my mom and appreciated her but the true appreciation came when I became a mother myself…it was this instant feeling of… “WoW! My mom is pretty amazing!” She is such an important part of my life, we interact daily, and I wouldn’t want it any other way!

What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?
My list of favorite things to do with my mom just keeps growing… baking, cooking, shopping, eating, sewing, gardening…or just sitting on the porch. Just being together is always, always time well spent.

What makes her better than any other Mom?
My mom always has and still does encourage us to be our own individual people. She doesn’t over protect, over instruct or over direct…. She “guides” and there’s something so admirable about that…especially being a mother now myself, I can really appreciate the ability to do that, it certainly takes a special one-of-a-kind mom!

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?
Some of my favorite advice from my mom is that you’re never fully dressed without earrings! To this day, I never, ever go without earrings…should I ever run out of the house without them, there’s a spare in my car, my purse & my desk!

Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Valerie and Beth)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 10 , 2013

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Then: Beth & Valerie   Now: Beth & Valerie

What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?
For a brief period my Mom was also one of my nursery school teachers and I remember her having some of the best ideas! During circus week she used to put a line of masking tape down and students pretended it was a tight rope. We even had a wild-west theme where she dressed up like a train robber, lined us up, and “stole” all of our costume jewelry. This obviously backfired when we all started crying, but it makes me laugh every time I think about it!

How has your Mom impacted your life / What do you most admire about her?
From early on I’ve been a witness to my Mom’s strong work ethic. She successfully completed grad school as a commuter and with three young girls. Even though she often got home at midnight, she was still up early the next morning, making our lunches and getting us out the door on time. She’s never lost sight of what’s really valuable- and that’s what I admire most about her.

What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?
Honestly- probably shopping! I trust her judgment, and I’m always having her try on things she might not otherwise.

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?
“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” Sometimes the best advice is the simplest.

Describe your Mom with 3 words
Strong, Funny & Stylish!

Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Meghann and Kim)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 10 , 2013

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Then: Meghann & Kim   Now: Kim & Meghann with sister Erin

What do you call your “Mom”?
Mom

What is the most special moment you shared with your Mom?
Introducing her to her grandson for the first time

How do you most want to be like your Mom?
I hope I can be as caring for other people as my mom is – whether it is her children, her students, her friends, her husband or her parents – she has always gone the extra mile to show she cares.

Growing up, what is a favorite memory of your Mom?
There are so many, but I loved listening to my mom read us the Little House on the Prairie series of books, a chapter at a time, before bed when my brother, sister and I were young.

How has your Mom impacted your life / What do you most admire about her?
Her drive and determination – her work ethic. I try to model how I run my household, manage my time and go about my work like her.

What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?
Talk

Do you have a funny story or memory you would like to share?
The year before I got married I lived at home and just about every evening, Mom and I would go for a brisk walk and have some of the best conversations about all kinds of things. I really treasure those walks.

What makes her better than any other Mom?
Her love and dedication to family

Describe your Mom with 3 words
Loving, dedicated, strong

Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Kim and Carol)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 10 , 2013

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Then: Carol & Kim   Now: Carol & Kim

What do you call your “Mom”?
I call her Mom – but whenever I talk to my sister we always refer to my mom as Mommy.

What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?
I remember my mom putting my hair in rollers for special occasions and she always used dippy doo which I can still remember loving the smell of. What a weird hair product!

What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up?
Going camping and flea marketing was always such fun with my mom

What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?
Drink wine, tell funny stories and Laugh!

Do you have a funny story or memory you would like to share?
I can remember a canoe ride that went bad. We had a lovely day canoeing about but the weather took a shift for the worse and the winds picked up and the pond we had to cross became very rough. My mom and dad were struggling to paddle us to shore and told us to hold on tight!! Well the canoe capsized but my sister and I did what we were told and held on tight…my parents talk about the panic they felt when we didn’t pop to the surface…and then the relief when my dad flip the canoe over and there we were holding tight! Quite a memorable afternoon for us all.

What makes her better than any other Mom?

She’s MINE!!

Describe your Mom with 3 words
Kind, Thoughtful, Funny

Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Melissa and Nancy)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 09 , 2013

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Then: Melissa & Nancy   Now: Nancy & Melissa

What is the most special moment you shared with your Mom?

Becoming a mother myself really made my relationship with my mom special. It brings a new understanding to who she is and it is always fun and comforting to share stories with her about my daughters.

What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up? 
My mom helped foster my creativity at a pretty young age. I remember when my brother and I were bored, she would always draw an abstract shape with black marker and we would color it in with a rainbow of colors. I’m sure she was happy to get us off of her back with just a simple scribble on paper – I doubt that she thought she was planting a creative seed.



What makes her better than any other Mom?
She is resilient and has a very calm demeanor. You know that she will love and support you even if she doesn’t agree with you.

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?
Never burn bridges. (Even when you really want to!)

Describe your Mom with 3 words

Creative.Nurturing.Dependable.

Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Katie and Kathy)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 09 , 2013

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Then: Katie & Kathy   Now:  Katie & Kathy

What do you call your “Mom”?
Generally, I call her Mom but I find myself referring to her and calling her Kathy at work.

What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?
I remember being an impatient child and I used to crawl into her bed while she was sleeping and try and pry her eyes open with my little fingers to get her to wake up. Weird, but true.

What is the most special moment you shared with your Mom?
I don’t think there is any one big MOMENT, it’s more the little moments that mean the most; spending time with family or walking on the beach or sharing a bottle of wine, etc.

What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up?
The obvious answer is art, we did a lot of that, but I would also say spending time in the outdoors, gardening or playing in the yard with our pets.

What things did your Mom make you do that you didn’t want to do?
She once made my brother and I go to a really weird summer day camp, it was awful. I still haven’t totally forgiven her for it.    

How do you most want to be like your Mom?
She is the most ambitious person I know, I wish I had more of that in me.

Growing up, what is a favorite memory of your Mom?
I’ve said it before, but I really loved watching her paint, I still do.
    
How has your Mom impacted your life / What do you most admire about her?
Obviously, growing up in a creative environment was a big deal and certainly left an impact on me. My appreciation of nature and simplicity and human nature I can attribute to her.

What makes her better than any other Mom?
She has set a great example that working hard at your dream can absolutely pay off.

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?

That life has lots of twists and turns and that setbacks and failures are not death sentences.

Describe your Mom with 3 words
Creative, Ambitious, Poised

Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Jackie and Eleanor)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 08 , 2013

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Then: Eleanor & Jackie (far right) with 3 of her sisters   Now: Jackie & Eleanor

What do you call your “Mom”? 

Mom

What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?
What is the most special moment you shared with your Mom? There are so many special moments! But if I had to choose, I think I would pick the moment she met my first child, Nicole. I’ll never forget the look of amazement and pride in her eyes as she held her for the first time. It was the instant that I could finally grasp the depth of her love for me and for my sisters.

What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up?
I loved our shopping trips, decorating for the holidays…especially Christmas, watching our favorite TV shows, like “Dallas” and playing family board games on a Saturday night!

How do you most want to be like your Mom?
I honestly can’t remember a time that she wasn’t there for me when I needed. She has always been supportive, yet very conscious of not interfering. I hope I am that kind of Mother to my own children.

How has your Mom impacted your life / What do you most admire about her?

I admire my Mom’s strength and grace in any situation. No matter what challenge comes her way, she always finds a way to handle it well.

What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?
I just love getting together to have coffee and talk.

What makes her better than any other Mom?
She has always put her kids first. She seemed to have endless amounts of energy. She’s always taken pride in a having a clean home and looking presentable. She always made sure we were well dressed from curled hair to polished shoes to the matching dresses she made for my sisters and me each holiday. She gave us a strong faith and great sense of values. She encouraged me to dream. And she has always, always made me feel loved.

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?
Always try your best and make the best of what you have.

Describe your Mom with 3 words
Talented, hardworking and loving

Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Linda and Laura)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 08 , 2013

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Then: Linda & Laura   Now: Linda & Laura

What do you call your “Mom”?
Mom. Linda when there’s no response.

What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up?
My mom homeschooled my sister and I until we both graduated. Every once in a while we would take random field trips. We got to see a lot of cool stuff and visit different kinds of factories and museums. Anything she could turn into a learning experience she would. That was always my favorite!

How do you most want to be like your Mom?
She’s one of the most generous people I’ve ever met. I know I can definitely be a lot more generous with the people I encounter.

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?
That I can do anything if I set my mind to it. And that I should always give my best with everything that I do.

Describe your Mom with 3 words
Generous, hospitable, patient.

Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Katie and Beth)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 07 , 2013

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Then: Beth & Katie   Now: Katie, her daughter Maggie, her sister Alix, & Mom Beth

What do you call your “Mom”?  
Mom

What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?
Drawing with me – my mom would draw brides for me when I was about 5 or 6 and I loved watching her do that. Big wedding dress, veil, bouquet…I asked her to draw them over and over.

What is the most special moment you shared with your Mom?  
Probably watching her hold both of my children when they were babies.
Pretty incredible.

What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up?
My mom would take the four of us to the beach for the afternoon throughout the summer when we were younger – she would pack a picnic dinner and we would stay into the early evening. Another favorite thing was shopping for a special back-to-school outfit together.

What things did your Mom make you do that you didn’t want to do?  
My mom was very committed to healthy eating and although I didn’t mind what she made, it didn’t look as good to me as the Spaghettios my friends were allowed to eat. But when I had my own kids, I realized how right she was back then and I’m so grateful for her example.

When you got into trouble, what did your Mom do that helped you learn?
She understood that mistakes can be the best teacher. She took the time to talk with me and help me see how I could take what I learned and do things differently.

How do you most want to be like your Mom?
My mom has always valued people and the relationships she has with family and friends. She consistently remembers special occasions, is a great listener and makes others feel like they matter to her. I really admire that about her. She also loves a grand adventure, and has passed that along to each of her children.

Growing up, what is a favorite memory of your Mom?  
We always had a vegetable garden growing up, and for a few years, we even had our own chickens. My mom could often be found in the garden planting, weeding, harvesting or just inspecting progress. She’s still an active gardener and her organic summer produce is beyond compare.

How has your Mom impacted your life? What do you most admire about her?  
My mom gave me a lot of independence while providing a safe place to land. She encouraged my interests, supported my activities, and when it was time for me to make my own life, she never once made me feel limited as I made the choices that were right for me. I certainly credit her for my sense of adventure and desire to try new things. I admire the values I have watched my mom live out on a daily basis – her focus on family, faith and giving back inspires me to want to do the same.

What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?
I have not lived near my mom since I graduated from college, so we try to make good use of our time when we do see each other. My mom was an art history major in college and we love going to art museums together. We also love to talk over coffee or lunch without paying any attention at all to the time.  

Do you have a funny story or memory you would like to share?  
My mom was a girl scout all the way through high school and I love to hear her tell the story of the time she was a counselor at a girl scout camp and had to kill a copperhead snake. She held it down with a rake while the other counselor finished it off.

What makes her better than any other Mom?  
Simply the fact that she’s mine!

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?  
Balance in all things.

Describe your Mom with 3 words:  
Intelligent, resourceful, genuine

Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Jon and Nancy)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 07 , 2013

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Then: Nancy & Jon   Now: Nancy & Jon


What do you call your “Mom”?
Mother Dearest – Queen of the Entire Universe. Just kidding… Simply, Mom.

What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?
I remember her singing to me as I fell asleep when I was little. Not sure how young I was… 16? Maybe, 17 years old?

What things did Mom make you do that you didn’t want to do?
Clean… the entire house! Thankfully it has made me a helpful husband these days and I really don’t mind doing housework at all.

When you got into trouble, what did Mom do that helped you learn?
She is and has always been very understanding. Her perspective was always helpful in sticky situations. I knew what I did wrong, and she knew that I didn’t need to be screamed at to understand.

What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?
Wine party!

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?
Take it easy.

Describe your Mom with 3 words
Smart, Thoughtful, Fun.

Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Ashley and Cathy)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 06 , 2013

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Then: Ashley & Cathy Now: Cathy & Ashley

 What do you call your “Mom”?
Mim, Cap or Cappy

What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up?
Trying out new arts and crafts ideas/projects.

How do you most want to be like your Mom?
Always wearing fun jewelry and never being afraid to be myself.

Growing up, what is a favorite memory of your Mom?
Never, ever missing an opportunity to sing /dance along when a good song comes on no matter where we are.

What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?
Watch old murder mystery shows/movies.

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?
That having an imagination is the best tool you could ever ask for.

Describe your Mom with 3 words
Awesome
Creative
Unique

Then & Now: Mother’s Day Edition (Phyllis & Naomi)

by Kathy Davis Studios| May 06 , 2013

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Then: Naomi & Phyllis   Now: Phyllis & Naomi
 

What do you call your “Mom”?
Mom

What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?
I am sitting in a small, round inflatable pool at the age of about 2 or 3, and she is sitting near me in the small backyard of our first home.

What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up?
Baking pies, playing board games and shopping.

What things did Mom make you do that you didn’t want to do?
She tried to teach me how to fix things with tools (hammer/screwdriver, etc.), which I resisted vehemently and now regret to this day.

How do you most want to be like your Mom?
I want to be as warm and outgoing, supportive and creative as she is.

How has your Mom impacted your life / What do you most admire about her?
I admire her sense of humor (even when it goes to the dark side) and easy laugh, her creativity, her organizational skills, her warmth

Do you have a funny story or memory you would like to share?
My mom made me “famous” among my friends for creative birthday parties. One of the most memorable was her “Come As Your Mother” Party.  We lived in a small town in an era when every mom was a stay-at-home mom. For the party, we were a bunch of 11 year old girls wearing our mothers’ clothing and high heels and carrying snap-close handbags. Mom made the invitations by re-creating miniatures of the painting “Whistler’s Mother,” and she wrote a rhyme explaining the party concept. We had dainty tea sandwiches to eat and games of her own invention. It was amazing!

What makes her better than any other Mom?
She is brilliantly creative and artistic, her sense of humor never fails her, she was a devoted wife and caregiver to my dad through decades of his illness and still managed to be there for her three young adult kids and her mother and mother-in-law, she is a wonderful listener, has great common sense and wisdom and adores her family, extended family and friends. She is always doing for others and is loved by everyone who knows her.  She has always been there for me, no matter what.

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?
Make a decision, stick with it and make the best of it. Whatever you’re afraid of, chances are someone has been there before you and managed to get through it. Things could always be worse.

Describe your Mom with 3 words
Loving, optimistic, capable

 
 

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