Graduation Day A Mother’s Gift

Mother’s day weekend was a lovely blur for me. On Saturday we attended my daughter’s college graduation at Western Carolina University. She was awarded her bachelors degree in Anthropology, a minor in psychology, and a separate degree from the honors college there. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude.

                                 Me with my sweet daughter. It was a rainy day…but such a happy one!
I could not be more proud of her! It was such a gift to see her walk across that stage and accept her diploma. After home schooling her for 10 years, I feel extra excited that she has reached this milestone. Her fiance also graduated from WCU with his criminal justice degree! So we have a lot to be thankful for. 

                    My precious daughter with her fiance. Aren’t they a beautiful couple.
The blush of youth. The newness of starting out on a whole new adventure of life together. Such a wonderful thing to behold. They are getting married in just 3 weeks time. I can hardly believe it. Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday, she was born and I held her close to my heart. Feeling her soft little baby skin and downy hair. Studying her ten perfect fingers and toes. She has been my little treasure from the very beginning. Every time I look at her, I marvel at her sweetness, her beauty. How did something so lovely come from me? I wonder, and I am left in awe. So, so thankful, that God counted me worthy to be called a mother. My life would not be the bright and shining place it is, without my children and their love. I love being a mother.

 On a little bit different note, I made some tea wallets for the lovely women in my life. After seeing some really beautiful and inspirational examples of these on fellow blogs, I knew I had to give it a go! I used some vintage handkerchiefs that I found at a thrift store several years ago. They are not perfect, but they have that warm handmade appeal. I think my mother liked hers. 

                                       My four different tea wallets. =)
These were an absolute labor of love. And while they did not turn out perfectly, they were a LOT of fun to create. I plan to make more. 

                          My daughter’s tea wallet. I love the vintage lace handkerchief on this one.

I also crocheted some rosette bobby pins for my mother and mother-in-law. I think they turned out very pretty. A unique way to say I love you! If you would like the pattern to these, please visit the lovely Ellen at Creative Passage
 I found the loveliest soaps  recently.  This bar of Lavender smells like heaven! 
 This one is sugared citrus. I think it smells like a creamsicle. 
 This nectarine smells heavenly too! They are so large, they equate to about three bars of regular soap. 
 I also made some crochet rosette hair clips for my Sophie. They look sweet in her baby fine hair. 

I took this sweet photo of my Espen and our corgi Tia a few weeks ago. They love each other to pieces and are pretty much inseparable. The love of a little boy and his dog is one of the most precious things to witness. So pure and innocent. Wish I could bottle this age! Wish it would last a little longer. He still loves to spend time with me. Wonder how long that will last? 😉

I hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day and that it was filled with sunshine and family. 

Blessings and Sunshine, 

6 Responses to Graduation Day A Mother’s Gift

  1. Wow, what a graduation!

  2. Valerie says:

    It was a lot of fun! =) Thanks for dropping by. Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  3. Yes, so much to be thankful for! And what a smart, beautiful daughter you have there. On a personal note, I began homeschooling our kids in 1981. It was a delightful adventure all the way through!

  4. Valerie says:

    Thank you so much Judy! She is such a sweet daughter too. That is wonderful that you home schooled your children. It is an absolute love of mine. I love teaching each one, and each has their own style of learning. I have home schooled my first 4 children and plan to home school my two year old as well. Busy but blessed days. Hope your day was filled with sunshine, Valerie

  5. Susan says:

    Hello Valerie…What a wonderful achievement on the part of your daughter! And you! She is such a beautiful young woman, too! Wowsers.

    I wanted to thank you for your kind words and visits to my blog, especially the post on Honey Cat. She's been gone a week now and the sorrow is still with me. She was such a love.

    I truly appreciated your kindness. Susan

  6. Valerie says:

    Dear Susan, Thank you so much! I am so very sorry about your sweet Honey Cat. It is so difficult lose a beloved pet. They are such a part of our lives. Hugs and Blessings, Valerie

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