Photography by Wanderlust Exposures
Meet Jacque. She is Beauty Revived.
You give us life.
You are our biggest supporter.
You are self-less.
You are love.
I’ve known Jacque since my 8th grade year. Her youngest daughter, Kenzie and I were great friends through out our school years and still stay connected to this day. What was unbeknownst to me was how amazing she really was and her own story. When I started searching for a mom who was so well-deserving of this opportunity, I looked to my friends on social media to help a girl out. Kenzie was one of the few whose nomination spoke to me. Jacque has peaceful and loving spirit to her.
Kenzie spoke of growing up and her mother, Jacque being a single mother working 12 hour shifts and raising 2 girls. When she couldn’t afford a sitter, Jacque would pack up Kenzie and off to work they’d go. She always made sure her children had what they needed and cheered them up when she couldn’t give them everything they wanted. She did happily and she did it with love. She was a RN for almost twenty years. She held the hands of many as they took their last breath. She served and sacrificed and never once lost her loving and peaceful spirit. She is a modest woman who lives minimal. When Kenzie spoke about how she never could afford afford anything like getting her hair colored professionally or having her makeup done, I knew Jacque deserved this. A woman with a heart of gold deserves to have a moment where she is the one who is cared for and pampered.
Throughout the whole process, I could tell how grateful she was. She beamed like a million suns. It was an entire weekend of pampering for her and a beautiful mom so well-deserved. Everything went together perfectly, even the hair stylist and makeup artist just adored her. Everyone could feel her love.
Before we began her session, I presented her necklace and the story behind. She teared up and throughout the remainder of the session you could tell how grateful she was. Towards the end our time together, she imparted such great wisdom tidbits for my generation and mothers out there. Jacque spoke about how despite her childhood, she grew up colorblind and non-judgmental. She instilled that into her children and let choose their own paths in life. When I asked what she would say to my generation and to mothers now. She said, Don’t wait to have children until you can afford it, because you’ll never be able to. Just go ahead.
She had to learn how to be a mom and a dad and she didn’t know how to be dad. She wasn’t a disciplinarian. But after the first year, she started getting Father’s Day cards. The one thing she wished she could’ve changed as a single parent was limiting the amount of her children being alone.
“Let your children make their choices. It’s what they want, not want momma wants,” she stated. “My daughters made their own choices, good and bad, and they learned from it. But, I’ve always been supportive.” “Grow from your mistakes as a mother. Once you own your mistakes, your children respect you more,” Jacque added. She spoke about how to never be ashamed to ask for help because people will help you out there and just never give up.
Her daughter replied,” She taught me to stay confident and never be ashamed of anything, no matter what’s going on. You’re never better, and you’re never any less good.”
She taught her children to be kind. “If someone is being nasty, kill them with kindness. It will blow people away,” she stated.
During our last few minutes Jacque said something that stuck with me. It’s that the one thing that will fix anything and any problem in this world, is love. And that we don’t have enough of in this world anymore.
Love is the answer to most of life’s questions and the answer to life’s problems is a lack of love.
This “Hippie Mom” as you may say has done a lot within our community throughout her life. Although she may not always have been praised for kind deeds, she continues to beam love and kindness wherever she goes.
When we said our goodbye’s, Jacque told me, “Sarah, I’ll remember this for the rest of my life. Thank you.”
On my drive home, I thought, “In our short time together that day, you touched my life, just like you touch someone’s life everyday. Thank you, Jacque.”