Ever since I was a child, my grandma would only draw one thing – a lady from the 1920s era. I LOVED it. Back then I thought she was the best artist in the world. Apparently, she never really progressed beyond this one drawing, and at 92 years old she continues to draw it for all the grandchildren. Recently I got to thinking, Ruby and I should incorporate our grandmothers into the new Diamond Diploma logo.
Combining my grandma’s sketch and Ruby’s Grammy’s classic look—Wala! We ended up with our new logo.
This was very important to us, because Ruby and I have both really looked up to our grandmothers. They were born in a generation that we love, and they stood out in the crowd with their independent streak and fearlessness. Ruby’s Grammy was filled with class and sass and taught her nothing but love (read more about Ruby’s love for her Grammy here).
I can only hope to be just like my Grandma someday. She’s a spitfire. She’s smart, witty, and outspoken. At 92, her body may be slowing down a bit, but she’s still got that witty, 30-something year old in her.
I’ve learned so much from my Grandma, and when I try to define Diamond Diploma, I think of her. Just like Ruby thinks of her Grammy. My grandma may be strong willed and independent, but she also puts a high importance on marriage, children, and grandchildren. I enjoy calling her up for advice, and trust me, she’s got a lot to give. As long as I don’t call her between noon and 2pm (I can’t interrupt her soap operas). She is very opinionated and witty, but she always acts like a lady. It’s funny, my grandmother will not leave the house unless her hair was put in curlers the night before, and she has all her makeup on.
Grandma loves to look nice, and ya know what…that’s probably why all the grandchildren jokingly banter with her and say, “you look sexy, grandma!” She loves it. And, I think she knows it. My grandfather passed away almost 15 years ago; she loved that man to pieces and was never interested in dating again. But, that sure doesn’t stop her from embarrassingly flirting with all the older men at the local diner. She’s still got it!
Now here’s the thing, my Grandma loves giving relationship advice to her grandchildren, and she loves telling us what we deserve. This is a lot of work as she now has 72 grandchildren, including the greats, and great-greats. She always is checking in to make sure that the men we date are chivalrous, honest, hardworking, Christians. She believes in us, and she’s always there to give us pep talks – and of course, spread our drama to the whole family!
Although at times, the whole, “your secret is safe with me,” doesn’t work so well with Grandma, I still love it, because she always strives to keep the family close and connected (and there’s nothing like a cup of coffee and gossip-hour with grandma!). She is the family glue.
And with that, my prayer is that Diamond Diploma will be for you just what my Grandma is for me- encouraging and inspiring with enough wit and sass to make things fun!
At the end of the day, the purpose of Diamond Diploma is to encourage you to be the best woman you can be, so that you can live the life you were meant to live. Relationships and particularly marriage is important to me, and I hope that Diamond can encourage you to make the right decisions that will bring you true love and happiness in the end. Marriage and relationships today are not taken as seriously as they should. Every person you spend time with and every decision you make affects your heart.
That’s why I’m always around to give you relationship advice and more, but my end goal is to help you to learn everything you need to get that “Diamond Diploma” and enter a successful and lasting marriage. This is because, at the end of the day, your marriage is one of the most important commitments you will ever make, besides your commitment to God.
In closing, I really hope you all have enjoyed this journey with Ruby and I. We’ve been truly blessed to get to know each and every one of you. Such wonderful women have helped to mold us, and we wouldn’t be the women we are today without our strong willed, witty, loving, and insightful mothers and grandmothers. Hopefully, we will be able to share more with you about this as times goes on.
We’re busy ladies, but we’re planning on making more time in our lives so that we can offer you books, merchandise, and additional blogs.