Our oldest daughter is venturing off to college this summer, hoping to get a jump start on her studies and acclimating herself with college life. We have spent a lot of time, and prayer, with her as she filled out the applications like a child with a Christmas list for Santa :)
Thanks to my husband's foresight to pre-pay our children's colleges at birth, we knew she would stay somewhere in Florida. Unless, of course, she scholarships to any of the out of state Ivy League schools all her friends are clamouring for :) Praise be to God, she received her 2nd acceptance letter to both of her top 2 choices just on the heals of yet another 'Dear John' letters from the others. Even though they weren't her top choices, those letters are never nice to receive and I knew it was heavy on her heart.
So what's a momma to do? Plan a field trip! She had a day off of school last week and we planned a "mommy and me" playdate. I asked her to locate the school on her GPS, hopped into the car (as a passenger, yes ma'am, I could get us to this!) and she found the campus spot on. We took the morning to wander leisurely through the vast campus, walk through the hospital, visit the 'hot spots', and of course, one of the book stores. It was the size of a mall!
I looked around and told her with a campus this size, and this energetic, you'll have to hit the books - at home!
I could tell in her eyes she felt 'home'. At one point, I stopped walking with her and slowly walked off to the side. There was a smile peeking out from the normally neutral and unabashed look on her face. From the smiles and waves she received from other students, I could tell she knew - this is it. We had a wonderful lunch on the lawn by one of the lakes, laughing and having a good time.
I'm so proud of her :)
In my Operation-Pack-Up-the-Cabana, I've stumbled up on all kinds of fun things I
forgot I had found laying around :*) Like this image! Pre-colored and all! I have been in several image swaps in the past few years and can't remember where this came from or who the maker is, but it was a just too cute not to make a card with :) Since I had previously colored it, I used papers that would be a good match. And as you might have noticed from my rounded cards lately, yes, I found my corner round punch, too! Hee hee!
And twine. I feel very lucky that my kids get a kick out of a 'special mommy card' so I just had to make this for my daughter. Her favorite color is purple, unlike her mother! ;) I'm also back on my twine kick again ~ saw it, loved it, had to have it, bought it in every color, then it just sat. It's nice that it gets to come out and play again!