Life

Mother’s Day Weekend

Here’s a recap of my Mother’s Day weekend:

Saturday, I spent the day with one of my sisters in Mobile. We had a late lunch at Roosters in downtown Mobile. Y’all the food was so delicious that I ate EVERYTHING on my plate. I typically have to take the rest home. If you’re ever in Mobile, you have to go there!

Then yesterday, Mother’s Day, I spontaneously decided to do my own photo shoot. I put on a dress I had never worn, threw on some make up, grabbed my ring light stand and took photos from my backyard. Had so much fun!

I dedicated this photo shoot to my late Aunt Deloris who passed last fall. She loved jewelry and would always tell me, “You need something around your neck; keep a pair of bobbles (earrings) on; and put some rings on (she wore them on every finger. Lol).” So I swapped my gold hoops for dangly earrings; added this outrageous necklace (was thinking of her when I bought it); and put on a gold bangle.

Funny Story: I NEVER do my brows and for some reason decided I needed some. Well, every time I messed up, I heard “Undo” or “Redo.” Y’all, I’ve been drawing too much! Had to tell myself, “Sweetie, you can’t undo, you have to start over.”🤦🏽‍♀️😂

The rest of my day was quite busy. After my photo shoot, I had to drive an hour and a half away to pick up my son from his cousin’s house. On my way home, I decided to visit another sister and got to love on my nieces and nephews.

My newest niece, Danae.

Before I left home to pick up my son, my daughter asked what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day and I told her I just wanted go out and eat as if it were any other day. Nothing big. Just a quiet meal with my favorite two.😊 Pictures from Keg & Barrel West Hattiesburg.

Well, that’s how I spent my weekend. Hope yours was just as pleasant. Have a wonderful week!

Shaun

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Wednesday Writings

Lately I’ve experienced bouts of loneliness even with my kids in the house. I’m not sure if I’m bringing it on myself or if it’s happening naturally. Sadly, all I think about is what’s to come. Pretty soon I will only have to care for myself and this makes me feel lonely.

This weekend I attended a fundraiser, then treated myself to lunch. For years I have eaten alone, traveled alone, gone to the movies alone and never felt lonely. But this weekend I felt lonely.

Everything seems to be happening so fast. One minute I’m with my son 24 hours for months without a break (virtual work and schooling for almost 2 years). And I loved it! Now he’s preparing for graduation and college.

The other day I was telling my daughter that I’ve only felt this way once and it was when I was pregnant with her. I had just moved from Germany to Florida and didn’t know anyone. It was just me and my baby bump living alone. Didn’t have a phone and when I got one, I couldn’t make many long distance calls because it was expensive. Oh.. and it was a while before I could purchase a car. Had to walk to work or depend on someone else for a ride. Outside of work, it was just me. I was alone and I felt it. Which is something I never want to feel again.

Fast forward to now. I have a phone but hate using it for talking. I’m a texter. I’m not into pets or people that need constant attention. I don’t like hanging out. However.. I know this sounds weird.. I do like attending events and conferences and socializing. Not sure why. My kids know me so well and are kind of like me. We love our space. We love our quiet time. However, we also love having long, thought-provoking conversations as well as singing, dancing and cooking together. Oh.. and we text each other all day long! I really do love my mini-mes.

Anyhoo.. I know I’ll be just fine. I just need a minute to adjust.

Thanks for reading! Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week.

Shaun

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Find Your Smile

Check your surroundings. Does anything make you smile? If not, find something. No matter how big or small – could be as small as a doodle – find it and keep it near. Believe me, that little smile will help you make it through the day.

Me.. I have my smiles. I’m known for keeping EVERYTHING – pictures, cards, letters, invitations, trinkets, you name it! Y’all, I still have notes from high school, which are well over 30 years old. They’re my smiles.

I hope you’ve found your smile. ~ Shaun