Treasured Tattoos

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In 2013 I lost both of my parents during my third pregnancy. My dad, four days after I told him I was pregnant and my mom, 13 days before I gave birth to my daughter. For the past nearly four years, I think about them all the time. Every day, almost every minute it seems. I’ve wanted to do something for a while to memorialize them and it finally hit me – I’ll have their handwriting tattooed on me.

Honestly, this thought entered my mind easily more than a year ago. I wasn’t dragging my feet because I’m against tattoos – I have a star in between my belly and hip I got when I was 21 before I thought about kids or an upcoming appendix rupture – I just wanted to make sure this time I CARED about the tattoo.

This past Mother’s Day, as the last four have been, kind of sucked. It’s a day where my three children want to celebrate me, but all I want to do is celebrate my mom. So I decided to turn the day around.

I have a letter from my dad I cherish –

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I have the words my mom wrote on our wedding picture frame –

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I married the two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I’m in love. This totally made my Mother’s Day a blessing. I felt happy and so, so glad I finally took the plunge. I am reminded visibly of their love for me every single day.  Truly, it’s made me more whole than I’ve been in a while. 

Do you have tattoos honoring a loved one or your kids? Let’s see them!

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Jessica is a native of Cleveland, OH (well, a small town 30-minutes outside of CLE, Perry, have you heard of it?!) who moved with her family of five to Columbus in 2014 on a giant leap of faith. Columbus has not disappointed from Day One. She is mom to three great kids, Sadie (7), Colin (5) and Elise (3). Somehow the kids ended up each being 26-months apart, something this not-so-mathematically inclined mama definitely did not plan! She’s been married to her husband Brian for ten years and credits him for (mostly) keeping her crazy in check. Her work is one of her passions – she works media relations in the field of organ, eye and tissue donation. Her job brings her great pride and joy and she actually looks forward going into work every single day. Her other passion is advocating for stage four breast cancer research. Jessica lost her mom in 2013, after a two-year, harrowing road with cancer. She tries to raise awareness for the spread of breast cancer and to educate others on supporting causes that fund stage four research to save lives. Jessica recently won her first Blue Ribbon at the Ohio State Fair for “Button Price” a button art (yes, that’s a thing) rendition of Prince (the singer and purple legend), loves Beyoncé, will never turn down the opportunity of a mid-Saturday nap and is excited to continue exploring this great city we live in!

1 COMMENT

  1. This is so beautiful. I love the idea of handwriting tattoos, and the marriage of your parents’ writing touches my heart. What a beautiful tribute and reminder.

    Thank you for sharing!

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