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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

April 27, 2009

Is there a tissue in the house please?

Hello Everyone! I see an 18 year old at my house...but when I close my eyes this is the picture I keep seeing....

What a whirlwind week and weekend. Many of you know my daughter is getting ready to graduate in about 4 weeks from high school. I am so ready to be done with the drama of high school, but alas I am teary eyed at the last reminders that her childhood is drawing to a close and college life is just around the bend.

She brought home a lovely prom dress that was a little too big...needed some taking in here and there.....4 sizes too big! So I began cutting....trimming...shaking...the dress was a tad bit expensive and I was cutting into it...knowing it had to be done.
I use vintage needles from our grandmother who was quite a seamstress...wondering if she would shudder at watching what I was doing!!!!
The morning of the prom led to success as the dress was taken in...after breaking three needles on my machine I decided to HAND SEW all this blue goodness! Oh my...what stress.
She decided to get ready at her grandparents house so we could all enjoy the process of our little one getting dressed up. I always love to unite the young ones with their elderly relatives because I think they need to bond as often as possible and have fun and laugh while doing it....this time is precious with them because it won't last forever.

Here's me (the proud mama) with my (boohoo) adult, 18 year old daughter (boohooooo...)
the back of her dress...
We have been going to soccer banquets, awards assemblies, I am so proud of her. She won the Most Valuable Player on her high school soccer team (don't let the fake eyelashes and tons of makeup fool you-she is a bulldozer when playing soccer). She told me that the other team never thinks someone with all that makeup could be a jock or play that well...it throws them off! Hahahha....well anyhoo...this was my post to brag...please put up with me ok?
Thank you!
PS You may have to pick me up off the floor on graduation day...I may be a blubbering idiot by then....no one said cutting apron strings would hurt so much!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I feel your pain. My daughter graduated last year, class of 08. I am still adjusting, but it does get easier. Your daughter looks gorgeous in her beautiful prom dress that her mom so lovely adjusted for her. Take care, it does get easier. Cindy

At Home With Amy said...

I'm crying with you too sister. I remember that feeling all too well about your baby growing up and wanting to be on their own. At my sons senior prom I couldn't even take pictures because the tears would not stay out of my eyelashes long enough to look thru the lens on the camera to focus a picture. When he graduated in 06I think I cried through the whole graduation ceremony. Everyone knew who Aaron's mom was. He is just now finishing up his third year of college and I am not looking forward to his graduation next year. I know they grow up and we have to let go but why is it so hard??? Fortunately I have a 13 year old at home and if she's lucky, I'll do it all over again with her!

Blessings to you,

Darlene said...

Oh she is so GORGEOUS!!!! I can't believe you altered that dress...you have some awesome sewing skills!!! I am understanding your pain as it seems like just the other day when I was pregnant and I have a 10 year old!!!!! I definitely understand the meaning of time flying by and where does the time go. Again, she is beautiful and you should be sooooo proud of her.♥

Bella Della said...

What a dress! Beautiful. She's beautiful. And you made her that way inside and out and I just bet she's ready to take on the world. And they (we) always come home again ;)

Sue said...

Hey~ You BOTH look beautiful in that picture.....you look like sisters actually! Her dress is amazing and the color was a great choice for her. We held my daughter back in 1st grade so I get to hang on to her an extra year, heehe! I had a horrible bought of pre-empty nest syndrome last fall but am doing better now. even just the future anticipation of it is bad!

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Your daughter is beautiful and the dress is stunning.
How wonderful to have such warm, tender memories. :-)

Denise said...

You did a beautiful job for a beautiful girl!


Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie ~ Your daughter is beautiful and in the dress... wowza! I would have been terrified too, one wrong cut.... eek!

Thanks for stopping by Star's Fault to visit ~ Kindest Regards, Eileen

Painter's Place said...

Your daughter is just beautiful and so is the dress! Thanks for letting me know about the number
7. I have never heard that but I'm glad that God is on my side if that is true. Everyone could use a number 7. Good luck with graduation.

cherry said...

What a doll!

Anonymous said...

Your daughter looks so beautiful in her dress. How neat that you were able to fit it perfectly to her! I love to use my grama's needles, too when I sew. It just gives me a cuddle to know she held them long ago. You are such a special mother.

Neabear said...

It does hurt. Now you know. My kids are 28 and 25 and I still really really really miss those days when they were young. I don't remember if you saw the post I did on my daughter's birthday on April 15, but one of the pictures has her in a prom dress I made for her. I made one of her friend's dress also. Boy was I busy then trying to get two prom dresses made. You did an awesome job adjusting the dress for your daughter. It is gorgeous!!!!