Saturday, May 10, 2008

My Mother's Day Gift


Last night we celebrated my daughter's graduation from Washington State University. My middle child is the very first one to graduate on my side of the family. I can't tell you how very proud I am of her. My father and mother both came from second generation immigrant families, Irish and Italian. My folks worked so very hard to make a better life for all of us. My dad spent almost a decade going to night school to further himself in this world, one quarter short of a college degree he got offered a job in management and just couldn't finish. But he did reach his goal. He brought both my sister and I up "in a manner in which we well grew accustom to." This is a bit of an inside family joke. My Dad used those words when my husband asked for my hand in marriage. :) We were not rich but we had everything we needed and most of what we wanted.



I ended up getting married pretty young in life to the sweetest man on the planet. I managed to finish two years of college, but when push came to shove, we just needed to get my husband through school. Then the babies came and I was pretty content to dedicate my life to raising my kids. You see in order for my parents to get established, both my parents worked while I was growing up. Noni stayed home with us while my parents provided. So I felt privileged and blessed to be able to stay home, raise my children and even home school them. When my daughter in turn got married a year earlier than I had at 19. My one concern was that she would be able to finish her degree before her family became her life. She finished her AA but then needed to go to work while her husband was finishing his degree. When he landed his first job, she continued to work and take some part time classes... things were going a bit slow. January 2007 she decided to quit her job and go to school full time. The Sat. after her last day of work, she had a dream. In her dream a man spoke to her and told her to take a pregnancy test. She did and to her astonishment she was pregnant with little Puddin Toes. Well she decided it is now or never, so she went full time to school all the way through her pregnancy and when the baby was born last August she went to on to complete the last of her classes on line. So there you have it!

As she was walking out to the podium there was a little surprise in store for her. My son in law who works in a building right on campus made her a special sign he displayed for her in his office windows...




building on left...Megan starts to look up...she is the blond third from the left


It was a very sweet gesture!!!!!!!!!!!

It was a very special day indeed, and a very special gift for me, to see my daughter finish and accomplish so very much! Megan...Puddin Toes...Papa
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dream big Meg, God has so much in store for you~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

12 comments:

Make mine pink said...

Ah, Megan looks beautiful and so happy! We are very proud of her as well, Cindy! And the party last night was so much fun....delightful food, conversation, and even weather! And that was VERY sweet of Tyler to make that sign! What a guy!!

Love you!

Ashley said...

Aww, I wish I could have been there. Woo Meg!!

Nadine said...

Congratulations Megan. She did all that and had beautiful Puddin Toes to take care of also.

Happy Mother's Day to you and Megan.

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

Happy Mother's Day to one very proud mother (and grandmother!).

A lovely tribute to your parents, family, your grandmother, your daughter, and little Puddin toes

Congratulations on doing such a fine job as a mother.

Regards,
Lavinia

Knitting Mania said...

Way to go Megan!!!! We are so proud of her too. She wears many hats now and I must say she wears them all VERY WELL!

You and Danny have done an amazing job in raising her to be what she is today Cindy, I know because of her faith in the Lord, she is who she is, but because of your love and guideness, she is a strong and loving young woman of God.

Job well done!

Sis

The Creative Nut : ) said...

Congratulations on so many wonderful accomplishments! You are all such a wonderful family!

(by the way, I've posted that drawing you were asking about, bad shot of it, but oh well)

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

What great pictures! I love it when you captured the light going on moment. Hearty congratulations to Megan for a job well done!

Jen(n) said...

What a great accomplishment! What an encouraging and wonderful family Megan has surrounding her.

I love the last picture with Dan in it. You all look soooo happy.

DeeDee said...

Good for Megan...Her little face is just beaming. She has her whole life ahead of her..and little Puddin Toes..my goodness...what a beautiful family...the blessings just keep on coming..God is sooooo good...

Alice said...

Congratulations to your Meg. She is a wonderful example of having perseverance and dedication to a goal. I know all good things are ahead for her. It is easy to see why you're so proud of her.

Mmm said...

Great sign! wow. I 'm sure she felt very blessed indeed!

CIELO said...

Oh yes, congratulations to your lovely daughter.... you should be very proud... my life story is very much like yours... my parents are also immigrants, they worked very hard when we were growing up, to make a better life for my sister and I. Thanks to them both, my sister and I gradutated from renound colleges, and our daughter is working towards her Master Degree now.... I'm so proud of her... :)

I hear you are working very hard on your garden, and I just can hardly wait to see it... so hurry, get it ready, for I am coming back soon... :)

Hugs

Cielo

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