2.08.2013

Hit the books!


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!



I pray you have a safe and warm weekend ~ some of the news footage we see of the storm heading East has been frightening.  Stay safe!


Big hugs,

Bigger Blessings!

~Kelly


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39 comments:

  1. Really adorable Kelly!! Love the happy colors and the strip of lined paper is the perfect accent for the inside! :) You have a great weekend to my friend! HUGS

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  2. Super cute! That image is adorable. That's exciting about your daughter starting college soon. We've got a meeting this month for our son to select his first high school classes! Hope you have a great weekend.

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  3. Sounds like you two had a wonderful time Kelly. I remember when my son went off into the Marines, I was so happy for a week, then I cried for 3 months. :)

    Your card is just adorable, love how you did the inside.

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  4. Kelly, this is fabulous and I love all those wonderful colors! So fun and cute.

    Congrats to your daughter too!!! I know it's not easy to be accepted to the college of your choice and so kudos to her!!!

    Lynn

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  5. What a wonderful time for your family and especially your daughter. I know how proud you must be of her as she takes this important step into her future!! Congratulations, Mom, on a job well done!

    The card is delightful with the books and glasses!! Gorgeous colors!!

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  6. What a wonderful time with your daughter. Those times are so special and not to be forgotten. As they get older and into careers and family, it's hard for a Mom and daughter to get together for those special times.
    Your card is so cute and I love the colours...what female doesn't like purple. Congratulations to your daughter as well.

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  7. A beautiful card, the colours are so bright and cheerful. Thanks for sharing with us at Addicted to Stamps and More. Caz

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  8. Kelly, I am so happy for your daughter - being accepted into her two top choices. YAY! And what fun that the two of you could go hang out on campus and check it out.

    Lovely card! I own that stamp - but for the life of me, I can't remember who makes it. LOL! I guess that means I have too many stamps.

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  9. What an exciting adventure lies ahead for your daughter Kelly and for you when you go to visit as I am sure their will many a treasured play-date in store for you both. Its so wonderful to hear that she has offers from her top choices and I wish her well with her studies. Your card is gorgeous. The image perfect and cute and the colors and design fabulous. I particularly love the way you have incorporated some notebook looking paper into it. Enjoy what time you still have together. xx

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  10. Sounds like such a special time with your daughter, one she will always remember! Glad she found her school for the fall.
    I stayed home tonight as I didn't want to get stuck on the commute home with Nemo. Hubby came home early and we are hunkering down. I found out he never saw NEMO so tonight we will pop popcorn and watch the movie.
    Enjoy your weekend!!

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  11. Such a sweet card! Adorable image, sounds like a perfect day with your Daughter! Happy Friday! Carri~Abusybee

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  12. Love your beautifully coloured image and it's a great layout. Thanks for playing along at ATSM
    Val x

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  13. What a sweet card to go along with your post Kelly. I too, have a daughter headed off to college in the Fall. I am filled with such mixed emotions. I'm sure you are too!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. What a sweet card to go along with your post Kelly. I too, have a daughter headed off to college in the Fall. I am filled with such mixed emotions. I'm sure you are too!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. Precious, Kelly! Adorable image and a perfect paper match. Super layout and details.

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  16. Just beautiful! I love your bright and fun colours and the image you have coloured is just adorable. Congratulations to your daughter. Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM! xx

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  17. This is so sweet...
    Hugs
    Kim m
    x

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  18. Adorable card Kelly! Cute image. You must be so proud of your daughter. Congrats to her on making this big decision.

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  19. Such a sweet mommie! Great card!
    Thanks for joining us at 365cards!
    ~Michelle

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  20. Ah, bless her, its such a hard decision, good for you for helping her while keeping in the background! Wonderful card and perfect for the occasion!

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  21. The card you made is adorable. I love the pretty colors and papers you used. You'll be making and sending your daughter lots of cards over the next few years. I know, I just sent my college sophomore her valentine care package!

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  22. Kelly, this is the most heartwarming post I've read in a long time! How very special and reassuring that DD feels at home with her choice in schools!! This card is heartwarming as well and she will cherish it. My heart is happy for all of you! Blessings to all!

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  23. What a lovely story. Your DD sounds like she is a fabulous girl and I know you are very proud of her. Your card is so adorable. Love the image and your coloring.

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  24. You have such a special bond with your daughter Kelly and I love how you shared such a special day together. I'm sure she'll always remember it. I love your card also...super sweet and love all the cheery colors and the adorable image which you colored perfectly! :)

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  25. What a sweet card and a story to go along with it. They grow up quick, don't they. She'll be fine, you've done a wonderful job raising her, instilling her with a great set of values.

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  26. Ooh, I like how you desigend the inside. I would not have thought to add a button in there!

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  27. This is an amazing card Kelly, I just love it inside and out...and so glad your dd is feeling at home with her choice of schools...blessings to all of you...

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  28. WOW- awesome card! I love the colors and love the sweet image! Oh Kelly- what an emotional time for both of you....my kids have all been through this and you will be so shocked how quickly four years pass by.....! Congrats!

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  29. Such a cute image and card. I really like how you incorporated the ruled notebook paper.

    Congratulations, to your DD and to you and DH. It is a big accomplishment on everyone's part to get where you are.

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  30. You must be beaming with pride! And maybe even a little nervous. You are such a good mama. She will make you proud.

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  31. Such a perfect card for your "little" girl on the brink of starting her new college life. I love this darling card - the image reminds me of my own dear daughter who is a great student and has loved books since she was tiny. Thanks so much for the nice memory your card has evoked for me - and thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps and More this week.

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  32. Absolutely ADORABLE!! Love that torn paper on the inside! LOVE LOVE LOVE

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  33. How exciting for your daughter! I love the card-it's so cute.

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  34. i love this card... and again, the interior is sooo cute... it has character.

    What an exciting time for your daughter.

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  35. What a super fun girly card! It will be a new season for both of you. Enjoy!

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  36. Adorable card! I remember when my daughter ventured off to school. While I wished her the best I was a little sad. This is a Stamping Bella image called Betty the Bookworm ...and I love how you colored her...Cathabella

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  37. Oooh, such a sweet card!! So fun and quirky :-) Thanks for playing along with Oozak Challenge! xx

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  38. Isn't it amazing what we find when we reorganize!
    This is such a wonderful card for your DD at such a special time in her life! How wonderful to be able to go with her and see that she is happy with her choice!

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