Judith, A Mother’s Legacy Carries On.

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Judith, A Mother's Legacy Carries On.   Image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design

Mother’s Day is a modern celebration honoring one’s own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

The meaning of being a mother is virtually endless. A mother is a protector, disciplinarian, and friend. A mother is a selfless, loving human who must sacrifice many of their wants and needs for the wants and needs of their children. A mother works hard to make sure their child is equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to make it as a competent human being. Being a mother is perhaps the hardest, most rewarding job a woman will ever experience.

Five years ago today (Mother’s Day May 10th, 2010) Judith Marshall DeCosmo passed away peacefully in her sleep to join her beloved “Johnny” in the hands of God.

Aunt Judith and Uncle Johnny image by kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design - Copy

During the last five years, I have gotten to know my Aunt Judith through the eyes of her daughter, my cousin Courtney.  I knew my Aunt Judith as an encourager, an intellectual, a business woman, wife to my Uncle Johnny and mother to my cousins.

I have come to find out that all those were simply adjectives just scratching the surface of the multi- dimensional woman I called Aunt Judith.

There have been many milestones in Courtney’s life these past few years that we have walked through with my cousin and my Aunt Judith.  How could that be since Aunt Judith is no longer with us?

While preparing for Courtney’s wedding, we learned the organizational, sentimental side of her mother.  A mother that had planned for her daughter’s wedding since Courtney’s birth. There were files and notebooks of instructions, thoughts and words of wisdom all laid out for Courtney to reference for her life penned and researched by her mother.  There was a deep caring and sense of humor found on those pages.  A piece of Judith preserved to form her legacy as a mother and grandmother.

Courtney’s baby shower theme was a tea party.  Aunt Judith had planned that theme years ago and had purchased the favors as we had discovered.

Aunt Judith's Touch image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design

The baby shower was given at The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club ( A special place to Aunt Judith).

Aunt Judith’s baby shower notes were executed and embellished and her presence was felt all during the festivities.

Courtney's Baby Shower image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design at the Vinoy

Now that Courtney has a child of her own there have been so many everyday situations that she pauses to reflect and ask ” What would Momma say, What would Momma do?

Aunt Judith’s newest grandchild (that she has not met here on earth) will know her through the thoughtful words and deeds she has passed onto Courtney.  Judith Marshall DeCosmo’s legacy lives today in another generation.

Courtney is a wonderful mother to her little girl.  She is that kind of a mother today because of all the time, nurturing and planning her mother invested in her throughout her life.

A mother’s love is felt forever!

Happy Mother’s Day to all those that have mothered someone!

World's best Mom Image Shot by Kathleen DeCosmo at the Vinoy

A Brunch Date at the Vinoy St. Petersburg Florida with Family and my My Blackberry Z10

It began with a bet. The rest, as they say, is history. And what a magnificent history it’s been. From the time it opened at the dawn of 1926, to its current incarnation as one of St. Petersburg’s most spectacular waterfront resorts, this timeless treasure still impresses with its lofty pedigree, along with an ability to survive decades of neglect, winds of change and painstaking renewal. For 85 years, the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club has been – and always will be – a place to relax, play, indulge, and savor the good life.

Now celebrating its 85th anniversary, the Vinoy continues to expand upon its legacy of comfort and elegance. Just as in years past, guests can enjoy luxurious amenities designed to pamper and restore within stunning surroundings and a chance to experience unique moments for a lifetime of memories.

Read more History of Vinoy® Renaissance® St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club ….  http://ow.ly/kNesA

We decided to take my mother in law Laura to Brunch after Church this past Sunday and found our car in front of the Vinoy.  This particular place seemed the perfect setting for all of us since it has such a Jazz upbeat Big Band vibe.  We needed a respite, an oasis after losing the Patriarch of our Family this past Friday, my Father in law Emile DeCosmo  “one of the finest progressive jazz saxophonists, author, publisher and musical improvisation instructor in the world….!!!  ~ Trade Martin”  

Walking up the front Steps past the Front Porch and through the statuesque entrance you cannot help but feel flooded with nostalgic images and gentle whispers that graced the foyer of this rich landmark.

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Happily greeted with a Chihuly glass display, the visual feast unfolds as we saunter through the lobby towards the big feast of a Sunday Brunch.

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We visited all the Buffet tables and some more than once. We enjoyed  sipping our hot coffee/tea serenaded by a wonderful pianist tickling the ivories of a baby grand piano.

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The sights, sounds, aromas and tastes came as great comforts to all of us.

I enjoyed shooting these images with my Verizon Blackberry Z10 as it is so easy to use and not imposing at all in a social public setting such as this. #VZWBuzz  #VZBlackberryZ10

In Memory and Honor of my Father in Law, Emile DeCosmo, Jazz Saxaphonist, Please take a pause and enjoy the sounds of Jazz with Vocals (Betty Comora & Ronny Whyte) Tenor Sax Soloist (Emile De Cosmo)  ->

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Album – Bouncy Bluesy Bizarre – Betty Comora

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