Why The Palmetto Mom?
The name The Palmetto Mom comes from the inspiration of the Palmetto tree. As a young girl growing up in South Carolina, I learned about the history of our state. One of those stories included the story of the palmetto tree. These willowy, graceful trees surround the waters of Charleston, SC and provide beautiful scenery around the Battery.
Though they look simple and thin, they hold a great significance for the state. During the Revolutionary War, the palmetto trees helped to protect the city. The canon balls shot from the British often hit the trunk of these beautiful trees. Instead of allowing the canon fire through the trees, the palmettos often absorbed the attack or bounced the canon balls back into the water, helping to protect the city.
Palmetto Trees and Moms
These palmetto trees reminded me of the simple, quiet strength of moms. Though often graceful and elegant, the power and steadfastness of a mother can not easily be defeated. Always looking out for what is coming for our families and anticipating what is next, we mothers will do most anything to help our husbands and children.
However, with all of our strength, we also must take care to nourish ourselves. For me, this nourishment comes through good books, conversations with friends, delicious meals, exciting travels, and ongoing education. My goal is to help other women remember the things that bring simple joys and encourage them.
Simple family fun things I love
- books – children’s books, biographies, historical fiction, cookbooks – I love them all!
- family celebrations – whether a family movie night with yummy snacks and pajamas or a game night with Scrabble or Qwirkle – but rarely Monopoly 🙂
- easy recipes for weeknight meals – we all love to eat around here but not the season for super complicated recipes
- travels with my family, both domestic and international!