Amazing Moments with Mom from Across the South
We asked, and you delivered. Our Celebrating Mama Photo Contest collected some of the most amazing stories of strength and good-hearted giggles from every corner of the South. From memorable mother-daughter getaways where laughs were more important than luggage to cherished last memories with mom, we have been amazed by the Southern spirit in every photo submission. Here, we’ve collected a few of our favorites.
Three Generations of Christmas Girls in Aprons and Pearls
"Christmas is our favorite holiday. Pearls and aprons are donned to cook all the family favorites -- and to tell all the stories that go along with those recipes!" - Beth Snyder
My Mom, My Hero
"This is shortly after my mom fought and survived two bouts with cancer. My mom has always been my hero, but the courage and grace she showed during her cancer surgeries and treatments left me in awe of her strength." - Christy Walker
Which Way to the Beach?
"We went to the beach every year when I was growing up. We would leave home around 6 a.m., have lunch in Opp, Alabama at a picnic table on the side of the road, and be in Seagrove by check-in time. Mother loved the beach, just not the water. She rarely got her knees wet, but loved watching us! Mother was a Southern Lady treasure." - Betty DeCastro
Laughing, Even with Lost Luggage
"This is a selfie of me and my mom enjoying the pool and warm weather in Key West, Florida. What you can't tell from the picture is that mom and I have been without our luggage for more than 24 hours!" - Adrienne Burgos
The Holiday Cooking Tradition Continues
"Our Mexican tradition of making tamales for the holidays was taught to us by our mother, Leonor Vasquez. She is the beautiful woman on the far left. We now continue the tradition with the third generation on board, the two youngest ladies, Samantha and Elisa." - Stella Rodgers
A Mother's Love
"This photo was taken at my son's wedding, eight months before my mom died. Even at 80 years old, her skin was flawless, and her quiet and gentle spirit was always present. She loved me and our family, and we knew it! We were so blessed to call her mom." - Sue Murphy
Mama’s Marriage to Look Up To
"My mom is an angel of a woman. She has taught me how to make it through life with grace and a positive attitude. On my wedding day, I was so glad to have her and my dad as an example for my marriage." - Heather Drake
Devyn Main and her mom sported their "lucky tarpon crab" earrings on their way to the boat during tarpon season.
A Fashionable Support System
"This photo was taken at Charleston Fashion week in 2014. Even though Mom lives three hours away, she's always here to support me!" - Alicia Short
A Steeplechase Getaway
This mother and daughter duo enjoyed a fabulous view from box seats at the finish line at Steeplechase in Nasvhille. "The sun was shining, horses were running, and there was beaty all around," says Kenny Markanich.
Pretty in Pink
"I wonder where I got the love for pink! My mom's the most wonderful woman I've ever known, and the best mom I could have ever asked for. She never talked badly about anyone and loved my father. What a wonderful example we had growing up." - Pam Chandler
Smooches for Mama
"My mama was never a huggy person. She was raised on a farm with eight sisters and a brother. No time for mushy stuff. I force it on her once in awhile though!" - Crystal Babson
A Southern Stroll with Mom
"This photo was taken on a trip home from NYC to visit my mom in downtown Franklin, Tennessee...a weekend full of boutique shopping, good southern eats, and lots of laughing. She's my style guide, my confidant and a great Southern roll model. She taught me the proper ways to cook and bake, to always wear lipstick, blush and have your nails done, that prayers are most always the answer, and to stand strong and tall in what you believe in. Both of us are proud to be Southerners." - Claudia Gonzalez
Vintage Baby Girl Names We Love
Passing down your grandmother or mother's name is an honorable tradition that many Southern families carry on. From Nell to Hattie, we love these vintage baby girl names that withstand the test of time.
An All Night Drive to Visit Mom
"My daughter means the world to me. This picture was taken when she drove from Chicago overnight to surprise me for my birthday. She is such a blessing to me." - Patty Millmeth