My Daughter…..The Graduate!

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Here is a picture of my daughter today on her graduation day. She graduated from Vincennes University with dual Associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management. I have talked about her on my blog before and I just wanted my friends to see who I am talking about.  I am very proud of her today and always. She will be the topic of a post I plan to do later in the week. The four and a half hour drive to see her graduate was well worth it. Her father and husband couldn’t be here to see her graduate but I was there along with her grandmother and two of her aunts. My daughter is truly growing up!

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Finally…I had a great day!

I thought it was time to share some good news in my life for a change. I have to tell you about my Thursday. The day started out for me with an appointment to my foot doctor. This went very well. I was able to get my stitches out. It hurt like hell, but I am so glad to be able to get my foot wet and wear my own shoes! I was also told I could drive short distances. Considering I have been confined to the house for the last three weeks, this news was a blessing. I will never take my mobility for granted ever again.

After the doctor, I went to work. I have only been going in once a week per doctor’s orders. It was nice to get out and be around people. I was able to clear up all the problems that were waiting for me. It felt good to clean up my paperwork. The doctor said I can go back to work in two weeks. It looks like I will be at work for eight days before my next surgery. I am so grateful to my company for supporting me in working from home.

I also made an exciting purchase yesterday. I am now the proud owner of a 2000 Palomino Mustang pop up camper. My sister-in-law heard about it through a friend. She knew I was looking for a camper with a very limited budget. When she heard it was for sale for only $500 she thought of me right away. My sister-in-law is the one who got me started in camping. She knows her trailers so much better than I do. Especially with my recent foot surgery, I asked my sister-in-law to take a look at it for me and give me her opinion. She went to look at it yesterday and called me to say it is worth way more than the $500 they are asking. The only problem was that they wanted her to take it right now. I told her to bring it to my mom’s garage where I will be keeping it and I would give her the money. My mom has a two and a half car garage and the camper pretty much fills it up. It is 14 feet long! Listen to all the camper has to offer! It is air-conditioned, sleeps 8 with a king size bed, queen size bed and two couches that make into beds. It has a refrigerator, three burner inside/outside stove-top, sink, two dinettes one of them U-shaped, a large outside storage box, plenty of counter and cabinet space. It also has a cabinet that stores a portable toilet! I cannot tell you how anxious we are for our first camping date in July. I have to get a tow package installed on my Lexus but that is a small price to pay.  We are so looking forward to camping at the Indiana Dunes with the two dogs. It will truly be a family affair.

I am writing this from a hotel room in Vincennes, Indiana. I cam to town to watch my beautiful daughter graduate college. The four and a half hour drive was well worth it to see the look of pure love on my daughter’s face when I got to town.  She knows I hate car rides more than anything and with my foot problems it was a real fun experience. NOT! It doesn’t seem like it has been three years since I brought my daughter down here for the first time. She has worked extremely hard and will be getting dual Associate degrees in Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management. I know she wishes her dad was here to see this.  I have told her he is watching from heaven. I will be in the crowd proudly watching my now grown daughter complete another phase of her life. This has been a great couple of days. I think it is about time that I have things go right for me. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come….

 

 

 

 

So Much Can Change in a Week…

It doesn’t seem like a week since my kids left to go back to school.  So much has happened in our lives in just this short amount of time.  Monday was normal for all of us.  I had work and the kids had school nothing different there.

Then along comes Tuesday.  I had to attend an offsite training for my work.  I have never done this before and it was a nice change to break up my work week. I talked to my daughter at lunch she had an all day cooking lab and was doing well. Mid-afternoon my cell phone rang.  It was my daughter and she knew I was in training so it must be very important. I went in the hall to take the call.  My daughter had just found out that her husband was no longer being deployed to Africa in June.   She was crying so much I almost didn’t understand the news. I asked her why she was crying and she said she is still in shock and is scared of what their lives will hold next.  They were counting on the money that my son-in-law would make while deployed to help them start a new life together when he returned. I told her not to worry that we will figure something out and to just be happy that he will be with her.

Wednesday and Thursday were very busy days for all of us.  My daughter is now very happy that her husband will be there for her graduation and their one year wedding anniversary. She had her senior luncheon at school and she was given an award for most outstanding student in the Restaurant Management program.  I am very proud of her, she has come a long way. They also got my son-in-law signed up for classes next year so he can get his degree in December.  Now all we have to do is find them an apartment at school that accepts dogs.  My daughter is also checking into possible employment for the fall semester.

I had a checkup at the doctor on Thursday night.  During the checkup, I was told I would need to see a foot specialist for a lump on the bottom of my foot.  I have a foot doctor that I love that has done surgery on me before.  I had an appointment with him today and he told me I will have to have the lump surgically removed. I have scheduled the surgery and now I have to go into work Monday and tell them that I am having surgery and will be out of work for at least a week. They are really going to love me.  At least I will be able to work from home.

This week held many changes for my family. Some good..some not so good.  We have to accept whatever happens and learn to deal with it.  Who knows maybe next week will make this week seem like a piece of cake.  Stay tuned….

One Comes Home….And Another Leaves

May is going to be a bittersweet month for me.  I have two children a daughter and a son-in-law.  One will be coming home and one will be leaving.

My daughter is in her third and final year of college.  She will be graduating on April 27th with dual Associate degrees. She will have one degree in Culinary Arts and another in Restaurant Management.  She has plans to become a pastry chef.  After her graduation and finals she will be moving back home.  She will be looking for a job and moving back in with me.  My daughter was married last June but has continued to live with me when not at college. She knew when she got married that her husband was going to be deployed in a year.  My daughter and her husband decided it would be best if she were to live with me while he is gone.  They have a dog, which I gave them for a wedding present, that will be very excited when she comes home to stay.

My son-in-law is being deployed to Africa for 9 months June 1st. One day before their one year wedding anniversary.  We have known about his deployment for over a year, but it will not make his leaving any easier.  Currently he is attending college alongside his wife.  He has to leave college to get ready for deployment one day before my daughter is to graduate.  This is causing much heartbreak for all of us. We know his military obligations must come first, but the fact that he has to miss his wife’s graduation and their first anniversary both by one day is a tough pill to swallow.

My daughter and I have been through many difficult times in the past and came out fine.  This will be just another test of our strength and faith in God.  I will be there for my daughter everyday to help her get through the lonely times without her husband.  We have learned to appreciate what we have and to take nothing for granted.  Each day is a gift not a given and has to be treated as such.  No one knows what will happen in the future, but we have to enjoy what we have now for it might soon be taken away.

The joy of my daughter coming home will be somewhat overshadowed by the sadness of my son-in-law’s leaving.  They say where God closes a door he opens a window.  I pray this will hold true.