Sunday, August 17, 2008

Change.....

....sometimes it is easy. For instance, yesterday, loading my oldest daughter's furniture from her summer apartment , the summer internship in the big city is over and she is heading back for one more semester of college. December 2008 will be her college graduation and her degree in Civil Engingeering will be complete.

....sometimes it is hard. Leaving daughter #2 at college today was hard. I thought after doing it once, I would be stronger/tougher. Well, think again, it is just plain hard. Especially when she has called just to "talk" and I have only been gone 6 hours from her. Mom, my internet won't work. Mom, how can I fix it? What are you doing, Mom?

.....sometimes it is fun. My twins moved into the older sisters' bigger rooms tonight. So for the last two hours, we have moved furniture, bedding, clothes, packed away toys and keepsakes but the smile on their faces is well worth the sore muscles and long weekend. They will start 8th grade tomorrow.

.....sometimes is it so exciting. A phone call last Tuesday, the excitement in my oldest daughter's voice. She is engaged, here is a picture of the ring. I used a borrowed camera so not the best but it is beautiful. Her fiance selected a gorgeous ring, perfect for her hand. Another plus, he is a wonderful young man and they are such a happy couple.

.....is unbelievable. I am not old enough to be a mother-in-law? How did all that time pass so quickly?

..... is good. Summer is winding down, all the girls are settled in their colleges or their new rooms. School starts tomorrow and that means I can get back to my sewing room and the podcast. I hope I remember how to work my machines. What am I going to sew first? Any suggestions?

26 comments:

  1. Lori~I know just what you're feeling...It's all bitter-sweet, isn't it? Such a range of emotions!
    I don't have any sewing pattern suggestions, but, I have found that sewing helps with all the transitions! Can't wait to see what you'll come up with! I'll be thinking of you this week!
    Kathy

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  2. Oh, big congratulations to your family. You must be so proud to see everyone doing so well!

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  3. Lovely post! How the time flys!! And you must miss your eldest DDs so much.

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  4. Sewing is therapy so get busy girl! It is not easy being a Mom sometimes but be happy just knowing that they are doing so good.
    Donna W
    Edmonton, Alberta

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  5. Wow what a lot of changes! I am sure you will find a wonderful sewing project & can't wait to see pictures of the finished results. :)

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  6. Change... can be so bittersweet. I don't know how strong I'll be when I drop my babies off at college. Congrats on the engagement - adding a new dynamic to your family will be so exciting!

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  7. Lori, what a poignant post. I bet you have shed a lot of tears of mixed emotions. That's a lot of change in one week. It's all good though, even if all you want to do is wind back the clock. :) You have lots of happy and fun times ahead to look forward to, so embrace the changes as best you can, while looking through the baby snaps. ;) All that scrapbooking paid off. :)

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  8. What a wonderful post! Congrats!!!

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  9. .... and sometimes it's nice letting others participate in one's own happiness.... thank you for that.
    By the way, I'm using Haloscan, it's free, easy to use and lets you email back, if you want.

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  10. "....sometimes it is hard. Leaving daughter #2 at college today was hard. I thought after doing it once, I would be stronger/tougher. Well, think again, it is just plain hard."

    I'm taking my one and only daughter to college on Friday. I thought I had it all together until I read your post! Actually, I didn't really think I had it all together. I just set it aside for a while. I feel a little comforted knowing I"m not the only one.

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  11. I always feel this way about summer ending and fall/school starting. I feel I've never taken full advantage of summer fun.

    Congrats of the engagement. Has the date been set? (And you aren't old enough to be a MIL!) LOL

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  12. What a lovely, emotional post. Congrats to all of your DDs on their life changes, and to you and DH for bringing them up so well.

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  13. Aww, it's heartbreaking yet wonderful watching them grow up.

    You will be sewing a wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses, hooray!

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  14. Congratulations to your oldest! Will you be sewing up a bridal gown?

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  15. so true, so very true...

    as my boys prepare to start 8th & 9th grade, yes, change is all around us. i know the next 4 (and 5) years will be gone in the blink of an eye. my sons will go from being boys to men. as sad as it is to know they will are growing up, i am so very proud of the young men they are becoming. it is nice to see my hard work paying off. :)

    oh...the ring.....gorgeous. elegant, tasteful, and definitely perfect for her hand

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  16. Wow! What a lot of great changes for your daughters! Great changes don't mean easy, that's for sure. I loved your podcast with Meredith. She's a sweetie and I know all your daughters are just as amazing! Congrats to your oldest. I'm sure everyone is so excited. I have to ask myself some of the same questions. I have 4 grandchildren, all within the past 2 1/2 years. How did that happen? Life is never dull!

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  17. Aww, wow, Lori! Your daughter's ring is lovely. I love that you blogged about all this happening in your life. Thanks for sharing and keep hanging in there.

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  18. My warmest wishes and congratulations to your daughter on her engagement!

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  19. Congratulations to your daughter and her betrothed on their engagement and best wishes for a long and happy life together!

    And many hugs to you on leaving dd#2 at college!

    Happy 8th grade to the twins!

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  20. You have been jam packed with excitement over there! Congrats to your oldest, that is wonderful! Hopefully life will slow down a bit for you and everyone will get on a nice schedule for Fall.

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  21. Such a lovely post, Lori. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    And congratulations to your daughter. It's a beautiful ring!

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  22. Congratulations! Your own podcast is suddently very relevant. :-)

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  23. Oh my God!!!!! lol...
    Just think about the fun organizing th wedding!!!; lol...

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  24. wow - dd#1 will be graduating already? Even to me it seems like it was only last year she started, so I know how you must feel!
    Happy sewing room time! And congrats to the bride to be!

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  25. Great post. Congratulations to your daughter. I can't relate yet to the phase your children are in, but time flies with them, don't they?

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  26. What a beautiful post! I congratulate you on your daughter's engagement!

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