Tuesday, June 14, 2011

1 + 1 = 2 Grads - 1

My oldest graduated from high school

on her 18th birthday

and my youngest from pre-school!!


Let's talk about her,

because the little guy isn't going




Starting in 2nd grade,
we decided to educate Bella at home.

It hasn't been the easiest road,

but it's been an incredible experience

and lifestyle for our family.

For the past 6 years, she participated in an online public school.

So we've been together pretty much 24/7 for a very long time.

And I can truly say,

I've enjoyed almost every moment. :)

I thought I had all summer to say good-bye before college --

but she had an internship in the works &

it came through.

So on a Monday we found out it was going to happen,

and she left on Friday.

She's back east for the summer,

and DC is a long long way

from Idaho.

I'm so happy & excited for her.

Sad for us.

I've gained a new appreciation for mothers of grown children.

This is hard.

However, there is a little bit of a silver lining to it all... ;)

(to be continued)


  1. Lovely children and I can't wait for the TBD story. You have every reason to be super proud!

  2. Congratulations!! What beautiful children. Now I'm hanging on the edge of my seat :)

  3. Oh my goodness - I'd be crying and laughing at the same time! Congratulations to Bella but it's too soon for her to go...it's always too soon. :( blessings, marlene

  4. She is beautiful Corrie. She looks like you. I have a grad this year too. But I promised myself I wouldn't post her graduation pics until I finished her quilt - not done yet! She's headed to the U for orientation for 2 days tomorrow so I am really going to push to get it done. Congrats to you. It is bitter sweet seeing them move on.

  5. You tease! I can't wait to read the rest of the story!!!! Bella is just beautiful and I know you are so very proud of her. Where did she have a graduation ceremony since she was homeschooled? Was there a ceremony for the k12 students? You THINK you have time with that little one but don't blink. I loved homeschooling my kids - all that extra time with them but ohhhhhhhhhh do I miss them now.
    cjnid AT imaxmail DOT net (blogger will not let me be logged in while at your blog for some insane reason).

  6. Your children are beautiful! Congrats to both of your graduates!

  7. She's beautiful, especially in that gorgeous dress.

  8. really lovely. tell me more. gorgeous eyes both of them. my nephew turned 18 this year. proud & weird & crazy that things are changing.

  9. Your children are adorable Corrie. Congrats on a job well done. :-)

  10. Corrie, best wishes for all of the monumentous moments you've recently had in your family. While my mother's heart is saddened for your daughter's internship taking her away from you so soon, what a wonderful job you've done in raising such an accomplished young lady.

  11. How funny!! I just happened upon your blog and I have to leave you a comment.

    I have an 18 year old daughter who just graduated from our homeschool. We started homeschooling her in second grade.

    I also have a preschooler who is three!

    It always tickles me when I read about someone who seems to be walking in my shoes. :-) My oldest is going to college very far from home. It will be a huge adjustment for me...one I don't feel the slightest bit ready for!! Anyway, your daughter is beautiful, and I can honestly say, I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL! :-)

  12. Yes, our Idaho Virtual Academy/K12 has a graduation ceremony. Actually, there are 3 ceremonies around the state because it's a statewide school.

    Thanks for all of the sweet comments!

  13. Having had the delight of knowing some homeschooled young people, I fully approve. Congrats on both graduations.

  14. My heart goes out to you...it is not easy to let them go especially when you spent so much time together. I am only 40 minutes from DC...hope she has a wonderful experience there.

  15. Isn't it a heart tearing experience? We hate to send them off, but we know that it is so exciting for them.

  16. She is AWESOME!! I'm so proud of her. She even spoke at her graduation and it was perfect! She's a great role model for her siblings and cousins!! love her!

    Yeah.....WHAT is the silver lining??

  17. Congrats on the graduates!
    I too had a pre-k kid (my son) and a high school senior (my daughter) in the same year. It hit me pretty hard when I sat thru college orientation and kindergarten orientation about a month apart!

  18. Beautiful Corrie!
    You've raised one amazing daughter...
    (( hugs )) Sorry you are missing her, I wish I could say you'd stop missing her, but I'd be lying to you, but it does get a little easier with time. I'm ready with chocolate for you anytime you are in need! Thinking of you :0)

  19. I am crying with you....it reminded me of my sons leaving home. I was reminded that this is the natural progression of life. That didn't help at all! I wish a big hug for you.

  20. Beautiful children! I live in the DC suburbs... what will she be doing here?

  21. Congratulations on the 2 graduates! It's bittersweet isn't it? We want them to grow up and get their own lives on track, but we still think of them as our babies no matter how old. They are both beautiful children.

  22. Yep...this mothering grown children isn't at all what it's cracked up to be. It's just downright sad!

    Congratulations to your beautiful new grad -- and good luck to you both. Can't wait to hear the next installment....

  23. So completely sweet. I love when a heartfelt note can bring tears to my eyes. I'm scared for my babies to grow up and leave our nest. My heart goes out to you. It appears you have a beautiful daughter that is out to make you proud....congratulations!