1.21.2015

Story Behind the Tattoo: Bex's Lily

I am so thrilled to welcome Bex to the blog today! It has been such a joy getting to know her and more about her story. Today she is with you to share HER Story Behind the Tattoo. It's so special hearing about the meaning behind tattoos, and I know you will love hers.  
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Hey guys! I’m Bex at Butcher's Niche. Normally over there you’ll find me talking about style even beauty and home style. Occasionally I’ll even throw in a recipe, but today I wanted to share a little story with you.

For some reason until I found Cassie’s blog I never thought to share the story of my tattoos on my own blog. But like with so many other things in a bloggers life I was inspired and finally shared about the most personal one I have . . . my star . So today I wanted to tell you about my Lily...
IMG_5422.JPG When I was 17, my mom and I didn’t get along very well. To me she was the judgmental old lady who put too much faith in God and had lived a fairly easy life despite growing up poor in West Virginia. To her I was the judgmental teenager who was giving up on God because of a few bad things that had happened in my fairly easy life. And we eventually stopped communicating . . . But when I turned 18 she gave me a book. . . just one of those small little paperback books you see on display in Cracker Barrel type places that said ‘stories to tell my daughter’. Beside all the poems and short stories she had made notes telling me stories from her life, experiences she had never shared before, heartbreaks within our family, and lessons she had learned in her life. Turns out her life wasn’t as easy as I thought it was . . . That is her story to tell and I hope one day to be able to show her how meaningful and inspiring it is.

imageThat's me and me mama with our favorite husbands! After 10 years my mom and I are best friends now, she’s taught me to be reverent, forgiving, sassy, confident, and loving. She’s shown me what it’s like to have a real relationship with our Savior, to put your all into Him, how to pray to Him and trust that He will answer that prayer, and how to strive for a clean heart.

In that back of that book was a hand drawn lily. Over the years I’ve always gone back to that book to learn more about my mother, about my family, and to mediate over that Lily and everything it means to me.

17 comments :

  1. Aww, I love this! Our relationship with our mothers are some of the best of our lives I think but sometimes it takes us a while to see. Thanks for sharing Bex! And Cassie I love all your series you do! So great! :)

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  2. Love your heart, Bex. Looks like you got it from your mama. (Minus the red solo cups....LOL)

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  3. Amazing! I love it!!! I love meaningful tattoos. I am going Thursday to make an appt for my first one ever! I've always wanted a specific one and I'm stoked to finally get it on my skin.

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  4. Tears over here! Bex, thank you for sharing this. (My mom and I had a similar journey on the road to becoming best friends :) Whew, not easy but I'm so proud of how far we've come!)

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  5. Oh Bex! I love this story and I can so relate. My mom and I also had a bit of a falling out when I was a teenager, but now we are the best of friends. It's not easy to share stories like these, and I thank you for being so brave and sharing it with us.

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  6. I really enjoyed that she ran with the tattoo theme and shared something so close to her heart :)

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  7. Love this SO much! I love meanings behind tattoos and I'm so glad you shared this. My mother and I were the opposite, we got along great and at the end, our relationship suffered. Now that she is gone, I look back and wish it were the other way around but I will cherish those good years.

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  8. What a beautiful and priceless gift that book is. What a treasure. I love the meaning behind that tattoo. The mother-daughter relationship is one of the most complex relationships out there. I don't know what I would do without my mom. She is everything to me. I hope some day that my daughters feel the same way about me. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a valuable thing for each and every one of us to read. I think many times we take our mothers for granted. Thanks for sharing with us, Sarah.

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  10. You hit the nail on the head with this sentence: "The mother-daughter relationship is one of the most complex relationships out there." And I don't think you'll have anything to worry about Anne :)

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  11. How beautiful! That book is such a treasure. Teenage girls and their mothers have interesting relationships (I'm one of 3 girls!) but as we age and mature, we learn just how wonderful they truly are, and how when we thought they were being "mean," they were really loving us. I loved reading this post!

    Morgan

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  12. That's definitely the truth! Thanks for reading :)

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