Nancy and I met when I sold her a house. (Bet you didn't know that I was a real estate agent for five minutes a few years ago.) She had been referred to me by a mutual friend and we spent an entire day driving around and getting to know each other. The next day she sent me a lovely email thanking me for my time and saying (and I will never forget this compliment) that if I was any representation of the people who lived in my town, she knew she would be very happy there.  Nearly two years later (and countless more days driving around and getting to know each other) she moved into her tiny beautiful home walking distance from the elementary school and the village. Three years later she tells me she is the happiest she has ever been and that she feels like she's home. nancy

Nancy is a resourceful, independent and capable woman raising a daughter by herself. She is among the warmest people you'll ever meet—always smiling and ready to listen. She loves to entertain and makes a serious brisket which rivals my mothers. I know, because a few years ago she hosted my entire family (including my one month old baby, my ten year old and my father) for Rosh Hashanah dinner. Nancy has high standards and a generous spirit. I'm lucky to count her among my friends who live nearby.

I hope you're enjoying my In Celebration of  Mothers series. I'm having a great time learning about the art of the portrait and also so much about the women in my life—and myself too. Stay tuned for more, it's going on all month. And don't forget to check the Flickr pool for more portraits of mothers!