Today officially marks the end of my awesome weekend. I haven’t had a weekend to myself in quite some time. Being able to go to bed after 1:30 AM and waking up after 8:30 AM was sweet. I forgot what it was like to not have to do anything at all. During the week, I am pulled in so many different directions. I’m always doing something or on the move. It felt amazing to just be still. It felt amazing to do absolutely nothing for a full day. Because today, today I started moving again.


I made my rounds to pick up my little people whom I’ve honestly missed so much. I had to make a long drive out to a town near my hometown, but the drive was a peaceful one. I missed living in a rural area. The weather is much different than it is here in the city. The sky is so much more beautiful as well.

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It’s because of the openness. The lack of skyscrapers and buildings to block the view. I never thought I’d miss hearing the bullfrogs along the bayou that cried for rain all night. Or the grasshoppers and crickets that chirped so loudly. And the lightening bugs–I miss them the most. I miss trapping them in a jar for my children to see and then letting them go.. just like my mommy did.


And the sunsets–there aren’t sunsets in the city, at least not like what I was able to capture tonight without any editing. Being outside this evening brought back so many memories.. memories that I made with my mom. I miss her dearly.. more than I can bare sometimes. The sunsets always remind me of her. They comfort me and sort of make me feel like she painted these sunsets just for me because she knows how much I love them. I feel as if the sky is her canvas and she works her magic because she remembers just how much I used to love standing outside, enjoying the cool air, and officially ending our day along with the sun. So many memories. Good memories.

Today was the perfect Sunday for a dose of nostalgia.

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  1. Tamara

    October 6, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Such a beautiful reflection of your childhood and the scenery you saw. It makes me shame myself for not taking the time to enjoy it myself. Living out here and studying in bayou country has its benefits, but at times I get so wrapped up in whats going on in the University, I don’t get a chance to appreciate the nature around it. I must do that before it’s too late :)

    1. Rae

      October 7, 2013 at 9:04 am

      I understand you though. When you’re used to seeing and being around nature and wilderness you aren’t too amazed by what you see everyday. I think if you were to move or spend an extended amount of time in the city, you’d definitely miss it. Soak up that goodness while you’re there.. for me! LOL! (:

  2. Kim

    October 7, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Love this! Such a wonderful reflection. Miss you and hope all has been well.

    1. Rae

      October 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

      I miss you!! I hope everything is well with you and the family! (:

  3. Faith

    October 7, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Such a beautiful post.

    I’m glad you were able to have this Sunday. I think we all need a day just like that.

    You captured such beauty in these pictures.

  4. Candice

    October 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Wow. This makes me miss home! I’m from the country but I currently live in a city and it’s just not the same. Beautiful.

  5. Jessica L

    October 9, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Beautifully written, Carla. Those are some beautiful skies. These photos make me want to visit and experience Louisiana for myself. One day…….-Jess L

  6. Sheriden

    October 9, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Wow, there are no words for how deeply this post makes me feel. I am nostalgic because I know of that open sky you speak of and your photos take me back to the small little country town I’m from originally. It’s great that you were able to have some you time and find your center again. That’s so important. I’m trying to figure out how to do that more often myself. Seriously, this is one of my favorite pieces by you. I loved it :)

  7. Lovelyladyjb

    October 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    What beautiful photos you captured!

  8. Kimberly

    October 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I’m so happy that you got some me-time to yourself! It’s crazy how much freedom exists in solitude! I love taking long drives on days like those, on open roads, uplooking open skies. You are such a great mother and women and if anyone deserved a day to themselves, it was definitely you! Thank you for all that you do – for your little ones, and for us women + girls who look up to you. You prove that it can be done so long as the hunger is there! Talk to ya soon Carla! Oh, and I WILL see you the next time I’m in NOLA!


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