This is a depiction of Heavenly Mother. This is Romana. She is my great grandmother, the legendary matriarch of my mother’s family. My great grandparents lived in Texas before it was Texas, and they were descendants of the indigenous people of that land. They were pioneers of Edinburg, TX. She was the queen of Edinburg. She even had what seemed like a throne at our family reunions, decorated with flowers, ribbon, and lace. All of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren would take pictures with her in her chair. She would dress like a queen for our reunions. They were formal events where we would dance and eat and record family history. Our family reunions were BIG. She had 15 children. And she adopted any and all who were family-less or needed a safe place. Many called her mother that she did not give birth to. She was a mother to all. When I think of Heavenly Mother, I think of Romana. I think of her love and care for her family both biological and spiritual. Romana exemplified Heavenly Mother with her open arms. This is the first ancestor collage I ever made. She hangs in my living room to remind me that she is still with us, still loving, still caring. She inspires me to be a depiction of Heavenly Mother.