Years ago, I got a great opportunity to attend a photography conference. I called my Mom, and she immediately suggested we go together. We spent days in Orange County at a beautiful resort and drove to LA. Mom even rented a convertible, so we could have a better experience. I will forever look back on that trip as a beautiful time with my Mom.
I credit her for giving me the courage and desire to travel. Looking back on these last few years, I could never have imagined the experiences I would have. These are times full of fun and work and friends and lessons I could only learn away.
With only 3 weeks left here in California, I'm having a hard time thinking about leaving. It's bitter-sweet for sure. But, it's time to move on. Time to get married. Time for a new season of life.
Though I'm moving on, I'll never lose Mom in my memories. California just seems a little closer to Mom than others, and that makes it hard. I know she knows how I'm feeling, though, and I guarantee that she is watching every step of the wedding process. With great joy.