Mother's day was slightly different today... it definitely wasn't the same as the other 29 I'd been used to!
The reason for the difference started on Friday night with my brother and his wife celebrating their combined birthday celebrations over dinner with my parents.
"We have some news," my brother's wife began.
Immediately mum sensed the tone and manner in which she spoke those 4 words to soon spill the words "I'm pregnant" and the expression on mum's face quickly made my brother's wife quash those concerns.
"Oh no, I'm not pregnant," she said and didn't blink before continuing with, "Adam's been offered a job."
"That's fantastic!" mum and dad commended, but before they could finish she added - "...in Queensland."
When mum told me the news later that night she was in tears. It was a mixture of happiness of a new chapter being turned, yet also one of sadness - a sense of loss.
It was only last Sunday that we were all happily celebrating my brother's 27th birthday, and now, less than a week later, we were now celebrating their move onward and upward in the world.
So mother's day celebrations today were definitely different. It felt like more of a goodbye party, with gifts given to all mothers present.
Don't get me wrong I think it's great that my brother and his wife are moving on in the world. In fact, truth be known, everyone kind of knew that they were going to move to the other side of Australia before they had kids - I guess no one knew it would happen within a year of being married, but it's probably for the best.
I wish them all the best.
My lil bro is all grown up.
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