Being a mom is not for the faint of heart. Motherhood is filled with challenges, tears, tempers, sleepless months, and bodily smells and functions you never thought were possible. Moms bravely take on the roles of teacher, housekeeper, referee, and head chef every single day. Being a mom is hard. But everyday, a simple smile or sweet snuggle reminds us that it is the most beautiful, complicated and rewarding job in the world.
Many families across our state are blessed to have four or five living generations of women. We thought it would be fun to explore and share the relationships between a young mom, her newborn daughter, mother and beloved grandmother.
Brittney Tinkham Thompson grew up in Terry and admits she has always been extremely close with her grandmother, Ann Townsend, whom she affectionately calls “Memaw.” Memaw had three daughters, and Brittney and her family lived within walking distance of her grandparents, aunts and their families. “I spent more weekends at my grandmothers than I can count,” Brittney laughs. “Memaw is basically my second mom.”
Kim inherited many of Memaw’s extraordinary traits. Brittney says, “My mom is the sweetest person I have ever met. She will do anything for me! She has always put my brothers and me first.”
Seven months ago, Brittney welcomed her first baby, a precious daughter named Carter McLaine. Kim smiles, “I feel like we are so lucky to have 4 generations of women! Everyone is not as fortunate as we are to have each other and to be as close as we all are. To see my mom sitting in the waiting room all night long while my sweet baby girl was having her sweet baby girl was priceless! But I knew she wouldn't have missed it for the world.”
Brittney is smitten with her new baby. “I have an unconditional love for another human being that I never thought was possible, and I feel like she has an unconditional love for me. The smile that lights up her face is the most precious thing I have ever seen.”
A special thank you to Brittney and Kim for sharing their thoughts, and to Mary Moment Photography for so beautifully capturing their family in these photographs.
Inspiration Mississippi also reached out to some of our favorite moms and daughters, and asked them to share what they admire most about the women in their lives:
“My mother inspires me in more ways than I can count but most of all her faith and determination. She was diagnosed with lung cancer 5 years ago and was very ill during chemo and radiation. During that difficult time she never gave up which allowed me to not have fear, but faith. Today she is cancer free and still continues to inspire me everyday.” Katie Stafford of Mary Moment Photography
“My mom and grandmother have been such inspirations to me as a young mom! My mom is a retired banker, and my grandmother is a retired schoolteacher. Both were hard-working women - who balanced families and their careers while beautifully staying involved in their local communities. We are so blessed that Holly has a wonderful relationship with her grandmother and great grandmother. Through their faith in God and their positive outlook on life, they are truly helping us rear Holly to be such a loving and caring child!” Pam Ware of Metropolitan Bank