Happy Mother's Day! A Glance into the Past and Present

Home Stager with Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island #888

Happy Mother's Day to all the loving mothers and mother figures in the world! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being in our lives and lifting us up. Here is a photo of Mom (Carole Provenzale), with my brother (on the right) and myself (on the left). I call this photo, the lioness with her two cubs. In regard to what year this image was taken, I'm not sure, but I can say it was sometime around the late 90s.

Since Mom's passing in 2010, naturally, there has been a lot of transformation within the family and in ways I would have never imagined. I'll give you a very short version. A few years after Mom's passing, my brother got married and became a father in 2021, which makes me an auntie! During the height of the pandemic in 2020, my half-sister, Stephanie (both of us were adopted from Colombia and brought to the States in the late 80s) found one another using the 23andMe DNA kit. Stephanie became a mother in 2021 as well, which means I also have a nephew! Life has certainly opened up in some of the most amazing ways. It is truly a blessing. 

Adam (my brother), Debra (Sister-in-law) and Rhylee (my nice)

Rhylee and I playing music together 

Stephanie (my half-sister from Colombia) and I with her son. This is an image from the day we reunited in 2021. It turned out she only lived 2-hours away from my husband's mother's home. How crazy is that! We were separated at birth by adoption and reunited 35 years later. 


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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 


Comments (13)

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

So Cute. It is really amazing when I look at some of my old photos. Was that really me?

May 14, 2023 08:13 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Laura Cerrano you have very nice family. Happy Mothers Day to you and to all mothers everywhere.

May 14, 2023 12:17 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Wonderful post.  Happy Mother's Day to you Laura. Bill

May 14, 2023 12:23 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

What a great looking family Laura Cerrano . Thank you for sharing. It is easy to see where you get your beautiful looks from.

May 14, 2023 02:56 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Laura Cerrano I lost my mon in 2008.  I am sure you have great memories of your mother as I do of mine.

May 14, 2023 05:10 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Laura- I do remember your dear mother!  I am so happy for you that your family has expanded to include your half sister!!!! You deserve it. 

May 14, 2023 06:56 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Laura - isn't it interesting how discoveries are made?  Thank you for sharing this glance.  

May 15, 2023 03:35 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow, that's fantastic that you found your half-sister. And I love your photos. Thank you for sharing.

May 15, 2023 05:16 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a beautiful post for Mother's Day, Laura. I also found half-sisters in my 50's so I can appreciate your journey. 

May 15, 2023 05:26 AM
Laura Cerrano

That's amazing!! Thank you for sharing :)

May 22, 2023 04:01 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi Laura.  So happy I went back to a Mother's Day post you wrote.  And I totally agree with Nina Hollander that your post was so meaningful, awesome and beautiful  and  especially a Mother's Day post.  I loved seeing the photos as I did wonder when reading your comments, just who is this Laura Cerrano  and what is she like?!?  Beautiful story, too.

May 21, 2023 09:19 PM
Laura Cerrano

Thanks for stopping by :) Jane! 

May 22, 2023 04:01 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Laura,

I remember following your mom's posts and so glad to hear all your family news and your family coming together and reuniting. I'm sure you had a wonderful Mother's day...thank you for the photos and your story.

May 23, 2023 05:29 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's such a good story about your brother and sister.  23andMe was instrumental in my husband being found by an unknown son!  It worked out well for everyone.

May 23, 2023 08:19 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Beautiful family, dear. 

Those tests sometimes bring families together. Thanks for sharing your story. 

Sep 11, 2023 12:32 AM