May 10, 2023

Mother’s Day Things

My Everyday Life: Week 20

Sometimes when I’m in a wave of grief, I start searching for things on my website or photos on my phone because I like to see where technology leads me.  It’s one of my favorite ways to invite magic into my life and BOY have I left a trail of it!

Yesterday I wanted to see what would come up when I searched for “SHUTTERBEAN MOTHER’S DAY” and because I’m definitely missing my mom and my Dad is getting married next week so my feelings are all complicated and confusing. Grief wave! The oldest post I found was on my first Mother’s Day in 2009.  


2009 Tracy had a garden helper! This was her first Mother’s Day! 

happy mother's day!

2010 Tracy had a toddler with squishy fingers.

new plant

2011 Tracy’s Mom gave her a plant that Tracy loved much and wonders how it’s doing/if it’s still alive at her old house.

2012 Tracy shared profiteroles with her Mom at brunch! 

My Everyday Life: Week 20

2013 Tracy went to Wafare Tavern and her brother flew in from NY to surprise Mom.

My Everyday Life: Week 20

2014 Tracy made her mom a flower arrangement & had her over for dinner! 

My Everyday Life: Week 20

My Everyday Life: Week 20 on Shutterbean.com
My Everyday Life - Week 19 on Shutterbean.com

Current Tracy found this photo in the process and happy sighed. 

My Everyday Life: Week 20 on Shutterbean.com

I got to find some magic in the past. Present Tracy is quite happy about that. 

My message to you this week is to take good care of your heart if you’re Mom is not around anymore. If she is, enjoy your time with her and get some pictures so you can be like me and look back at them one day. 

If you’re a Mom, I hope you get a moment to yourself to soak it in and that you are WORSHIPPED.  Moms do a lot!  I’m grateful that my Mom was a really good one. 🙂

If you want to take a moment to remember your mom this weekend on Instagram, feel free to add a little something to the #keepgriefweird hashtag. You are not alone.

Also! BRUNCH! Moms like brunch.

Brunch Menu Ideas

Here are some ideas for you if you wanna brunch this weekend too. 

Oh and ONE LAST THING! I made this last year and still have some in the shop. They’re all things my Mom used to say and they help me think good thoughts. 

My Everyday Life Week 17 of 2022- a photography series by Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com

Mom Yourself Postcard Pack! 

One of my favorites lists has a whole bunch of fun things you can pamper yourself/your Mom with if you’re looking for ideas  

Those are my Mother’s Day Things!  

  • ashley

    Lovely post. Thank you for sharing, and for all you do. xoxo

  • Jess

    This post is so sweet. Moms are truly amazing. I love the page you wrote with everything about your Mom. I may use that idea with the card I give my Mom this year. Hope you have a happy mother’s day and take care of yourself as your Dad is married. I’m sure there’s a lot of complex feelings around that but hope it’s overall positive.

  • Erin

    Thanks, Tracy. I lost my mom in 2021. Gosh, Mother’s Day guts me. I’m grateful for an (online) space where I feel quite seen. Keep doing it! Xo

  • snake 3d

    An extremely wonderful article that shows us that mother’s love is alway the most sacred and precious feeling.

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