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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Let the new journey begin...........

With our new college graduate!!!

Life is filled with journeys.......

It seems like only a short time ago, I came to this blog and shared my concern about empty nesting.  We were sending our sweet little girl off to college, our son was on his Phd adventure and we were trying to figure out what our world would be like beyond having children in the house.  I won't lie.....I was scared beyond  belief.    I had been in full-on-mom mode for so many years.  We had been in full-on- parental mode for so many years.    We weren't quite sure who we were as just the two of us.   And, if truth be told....with Carmen's work and travel schedule.....I wasn't quite who I was when it was just ME.  If I wasn't a busy working mom with at least one child at home then who was I?  What was I supposed to do? 

Well, as it turns out, we found our way.   I found my way.   And, you were right here to witness it.  Thank you very much. 

And, now, as we embark on yet another journey.....I have concerns.....again.  
We now have a college-educated, adult child---who has lived on her own for four years---back in the house.   Her and all of her stuff.   All of her pink stuff to be exact (including lots of pink glitter.....!)
Although the next few weeks will be spent getting her....and all of  her stuff.....moved in and moved around and in it's place.....after that, the plan is not exactly planned out.   
It's the unknown.
Perhaps that frightens all of us most of all. 
But, in the meantime, as we all ponder what the future holds for all of us,  I am left with memories of a beautiful weekend filled with pride and fun and beautiful, special moments......
Getting ready for commencement at the Sorority House.....Toni and her artful cap!  Yes, SHE DID IT!

Carmen and I at the Sorority House before the ceremony!  As you can see, my pants fit fine.  They look a little shiney in this picture!  Honestly, this outfit was TOO HOT!  It was over 80 degrees!  Oh well!

Toni and 2 of her best friends/sorority sisters....toasting her graduation before the ceremony!



Carmen and I toasting our girl...amid all the stuff of all the girls who were moving out that day! 



Carmen and I waiting for the ceremony to begin!

Our beautiful little graduate!
Vince and Toni leaving the Commencement Ceremony!
Toni...the proud owner of a BS in Fashion Merchandising! 

Carmen and I having a before dinner drink at Benjamin's.....the place we brought her for our good-bye dinner when she started college and the place we all went to for our good-bye-to-college dinner......



Our two children taking a stroll on Philly Street in her little college town for the last time!



I hope that you will ride along with me right here on Stories From the Road......as I embark on yet another journey......


3 comments:

~Miss Lorie~ said...

Congrats to you! What wonderful kids! I know more happy adventures are on there way!

FitBy40 said...

OH what a wonderful time in your life! You have a lovely family. I hope you're very proud. Your daughter is gorgeous by the way!
Enjoy this time with her before she moves out and into the great big world. This time is going to fly by!

Chris said...

Congratulations to you both! She is just lovely and I'm sure the day was filled with pride and tears and joy and all kinds of happiness!

another journey, for sure, but they all begin with small steps, right?