Sunday, May 12, 2013

Day 12 & Cassidy's Prom

Day 12: What do you miss (a person, place, thing, time in your life...)?

My mom is one of ten children (the 2nd oldest), and I grew up with over 20 first cousins.  As a child, Christmas Eve was my favorite holiday because all of us would get together at my nana's house, 30+ people all talking and laughing at the same time.  We would have pinatas for the kids and a grab for the adults, along with tons of food and drink.  I can remember sitting in the backseat on the hour-long drive home, being happily exhausted and watching for Santa up in the sky.

I always felt a closeness with my cousins and aunts that was very special to me.  But as time went on and I grew up, it just all changed.  I guess it happens, but I miss them.  Families are complicated and mine is no different, we have had more than our share of heartache and sorrow and hurt and sometimes you just have to step away to spare yourself from any more.  It doesn't mean I don't love them just as much as I always did, but I have to protect myself and my own family (my children) from hurt as much as possible.  And when people have a pattern of hurting others, whether it's through drug addiction, abuse, or just plain selfishness, it's not likely they're going to stop.  More than anything, I miss that time in my life when my family was all close and we would all get together and laugh and enjoy each other.  I miss having a big family.    
My daughter Cass went to the prom the other night, her and her friends looked absolutely gorgeous and they had a great time.  Here are some pics, Cass is in blue:

This is one of my favorite pics - LOL:

Her and her best friend Missy:

This is her with her cousin Eric:

This is her papa with her:

This last one is her nana (my mom) on the left and me on the right:

Have a happy Mother's Day!  :)  Peace.


  1. So good to see you so happy, Jenn! Cass looks beautiful, and it's obvious where you guys get your smile from! Happy Mother's Day, sweetie!!!

  2. You have such a gorgeous daughter. And I can see where the looks have passed from generation to generation. BTW, her dress is beautiful! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  3. Gorgeous pix, hon! Looks like everyone is having a fabulous time. WOW! What gorgeousness! Don't remember our prom pix being nearly that glamorous back in my day. And Glo is right. You're glowing! Missing you though, Chickie...BIG TIME! xxD