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Thursday, December 8, 2011


I brought our daughter home from college this afternoon. 
It is a bittersweet day.
She has obtained her Associates Degree and is moving on to get her next degree at a larger University but she is terribly sad to be leaving her friends. 
She thanked me for letting her stay in a dorm, an opportunity I did not have, and it assured me that paying for those dorm rooms might just be worth it after all.

 She will be home for the holiday and able to read, bake, nap, loaf, and visit with our family.
 She can enjoy the yellow house all decked out for Christmas and attend church which she adores.
Joe and I went to a super duper moving sale and I found this old crock with flowers on it for one dollar and plopped a new bottle brush tree in it. 
Joe bought a ladder. I will let you imagine that.

CC loves to go thrift'n too. 
Train them early.

Linking with Joy at Savvy City Farmer for Thrift'n On A Thursday.

Tidings and Joy


  1. The years fly by. It is hard to believe she has been out long enough to get an Associates degree or that I have been following you that long but I remember when she went to college.

    Good work!

  2. Hi Olive!
    Glad CC is home and that she had such a wonderful dorm experience. Chickie did not do well in the dorm, so she is attending college locally this year while she ponders her future.
    I am sure you and CC are enjoying your time together!

  3. Sending your children away to college is so hard...mine went and stayed in the city they went to college in...I used to count the days when they would be home...I find delight in knowing that going to a new ciy for college was such a wonderful experience for them. It is tough but so worth it for them in the end! Your crock is awesome and the price...perfect!

  4. Enjoy your time with your daughter. The tree looks so cute in that vase.

  5. That is bittersweet Olive about your daughter,but good to know because I plan on letting my boys dorm too. Enjoy your time with your family.

  6. I know. I was driving home from Homesence today and I was suddenly overcome with longing for the days when we left cookies out for Santa and got up in the middle of the night to put the presents under the tree while they slept. Where did the time go?


  7. Glad she is home for the holidays with you... your new treasure is so pretty and your little tree looks cute in it!... xoxo Julie Marie

  8. My daughter never had an appreciation for antiques or used items of furniture, but with 4 children and a budget that must stretch, she has now learned that 2nd hand shops and garage sales are things of beauty. :-)

  9. Hi Olive! I really like your new pot and that bottle tree is so cute sitting in it. Great find. Merry Christmas! Oh and I am following you now!


  10. Enjoy your time with your daughter. I remember the days of coming home from college.

  11. Have fun with your daughter...Christmas is the time to make memories! Remind her often that she will make new is very rich with new experiences!

    I love your new crock!

    Happy Holidays!

  12. Congrats to your daughter. I am glad she had a good experience. I hated my freshman roomie. She was very strange and went through my drawers when I wasn't home. When she moved out I loved it though. Room to myself. Enjoy your time together.

  13. Olive,
    So glad your daughter is home for Christmas! It's just not the same when they are gone! Lucky for me my daughter goes to school here in town so she's home. My son is in the AF, in AFganistan and not sure if he'll make it home. The Holidays are so special when shared with our children! Your little crock is sweet and the tree is perfect!

  14. My son will be home from college next week, and his sister a few days later. I can't wait!
    I adore bottle brush trees!

  15. I know how hard it is to be away from your kids, but we were the ones who moved. We moved closer to some & farther away from others. Your tree in your cute little found vase is so sweet! Thanks for stopping by my blog & your sweet comments!

  16. Hi Olive... sounds like your Christmas is going to be FABULOUS with your daughter home! I have three grown daughters and 10 grands...all live in Texas. This year I am going to get to spend the holidays with them...the first time in a very long time. I'm sooo excited! Enjoy your daughter, dear lady and warmest wishes and many blessings to you all for a wonderful Christmas!

    I love the crock with the painted flowers...the bottle brush tree is perfect in it! Sooo pretty! Thanks for sharing it with us, Olive! Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I sooo enjoyed your sweet note, my friend!

    Warmest Christmas Wishes,

  17. Have a wonderful time with your daughter.

  18. Enjoy having your daughter around for awhile. :)

  19. Oh your little daughter will miss her friends but she will have the opportunity to make new ones. I know you are looking forward to having her home for Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and yours Olive.

    The French Hutch

  20. Hi Olive! Oh, how nice to have your daughter home for Christmas! Glad she has adjusted to her away from homeness! ;)
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  21. How fun to have your baby home once again..enjoy my dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  22. Hi lovely lady.
    I remember my son going off to college this was a long time ago for me 30 years ago! I hope you have a Wonderful Christmas with your family and the time you have with your sweet Daughter have lot's of fun with her.
    I also would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my Christmas Tablescape.
    XXOO Diane

  23. Hi darling, what a wonderful gift you've given your daughter, I can tell she is so appreciative. Love your sweet tree. hugs ~lynne~

  24. Ah, a good time for all then! Glad the daughter can be home for the holidays!!!! Enjoy!!! Oh yeah, and probably better you stay off the ladder - why? Because I really CAN imagine ;)


    Romeo and "her"

  25. Oh, these are hard times in their young lives. I am sure she will enjoy her break in the coziness of all that is familiar at home :)

    LOVE your bottle brush tree in that pretty crock. I am just jumping on the bottle brush tree train, lol.

    CHRISTmas Blessings!

  26. Hug the bits out
    of that girl and
    E N J O Y! I laughed
    when you wrote "train
    them early," as I have!
    Can you believe that my
    6ft 7th grade boy even
    appreciates the value in
    shopping clothing on
    consignment? He's been
    growing so fast, it only
    makes sense : ) Love to
    you this Sunday morning....

    xx Suzanne

  27. I'm so glad dear Olive that your daughter had such terrific experience with her dorm at college. Wow, you don't look at all like the mother of college kids, you look so young! Enjoy your time together... "tis the season..."
    Thank you for your lovely and kind visit. Merry Christmas to you and yours. FABBY

  28. Congratulations to your daughter, it is nice that she will be home for the holidays. I am sure that her next school will be a good experience too.

    Happy holidays!

  29. Congrats to CC for completing her AA degree! And kudos to you for having her stay in the dorm. It's where they make their lifelong friends. My daughter attends (make that attended - its over finally!) a University just 20 minutes from us, but we wanted her to have that full college experience. She has learned much over the past four years, hopefully most importantly, living on your own can be rough, but it's a satisfying thing to do. Ann

  30. I just know you'll make wonderful memories with CC over the holidays...enjoy!


  31. I am so glad you will all be together for Christmas. I'm quite certain many hugs have been shared. It's so nice to hear that she had such a wonderful dorm experience and I'm sure her next adventure will be equally as wonderful. Many blessings. XO

  32. Awwww how nice to have your DD home for the Holidays! Enjoy the thriftin' fun! Love that floral crock! Vanna


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