Post #1 of Treats No Tricks: My Daughter’s Wedding and My Son’s College Graduation

 

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This harvest time of year matches the season of my life. I’m old enough to be enjoying the fruits of my mothering labors big time! Wa-hoo! This is so awesome! Some of my kids are mature enough to be out of the nest living on their own. I miss them A LOT! Why is it that just when kids get super helpful (i.e., they daily ask what they can do to help), tremendously conversational, superbly peacemaking with younger siblings, and no longer the slightest bit annoying, that they leave my home?!

It’s wonderful to know that they are being completely self-reliant and self-governing. They have thanked me for what I did for my sacrifices as a mother. I love getting these mama paychecks! So I thought I’d spend the next few posts sharing some of my “harvests” that I’m enjoying. I’m also calling this series of blog posts “treats without tricks” as we approach Halloween. Then on Halloween I get to enjoy one of the best treats of all! (To be announced later!)

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First, my daughter got married last year. I have been meaning to blog about this for a LOOOOONG time, like ten months! The post is in my drafts folder. Until it meets my artistic perfectionist ideals, it will stay there. My life just happens too fast to blog about it  casually! In the meantime, I will officially announce here on the blog that she did get married in the Payson Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in December of last year, and it was wonderful to witness!

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Second, I got a 2-for-1 deal last summer when both my son and son-in-law graduated from BYU-I. This was such a happy day! Both young men graduated with degrees having to do with computers: either computer science or software engineering. We drove up to Idaho and had a wonderful time celebrating at the ceremonies. I always love visiting the BYU-I campus. It was like deja vu because the year before, also in July, we had driven up for my daughter’s graduation, for her degree, also in software engineering.

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I had already been in Utah for a few weeks, for LEMI Training, when the day arrived to drive to Idaho. My husband and daughter had stayed home so she could go to Young Women Camp for our church for her first time. Then they drove up separately. When I had driven up to Utah in July I got to go thrifting with my sis-in-law as I stopped in St. George on the way. I got the cute top and skirt in these photos.

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While at BYUI we attended the beautiful Rexburg temple as a family and loved it! 

When I was in Idaho my husband’s cousin, who hosted us, kept staring at my skirt. She finally asked where I bought it and I said D.I. (Deseret Industries, I have found so many treasures there through the years. Someday I will have to blog about that!). She laughed and said that maybe it was her old skirt as she used to have one just like it that she had given away. Yep, I’m not too proud to admit that I love a skirt that belonged to someone old enough to be my mom who had cast it away. After the event, I noticed my son never mentioned on Facebook that he graduated, but he did mention that he got to meet Brandon Sanderson that same month of July

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2018 and get books autographed, in Iona Idaho. OK, so I’m wondering what is it about Iona Idaho that drew Chris Sanderson there? Also, apparently, meeting Brandon trumps college graduation any day. All my kids love his books. Eventually maybe the books will grow on me. (It doesn’t help that the Audible narrator has a total monotone, depressing voice that makes it sound like I am staring death in the face as a Jew in a Nazi concentration camp. Maybe if Chris Hogan narrated, I would like the books.)

Anyway, congrats to my daughter for getting married and to my son for graduating! They have both been living far away from me living their dream lives of engineers.  I’m happy to see them both pursuing their passions.

(Btw, did you know that Ken Jennings and Brandon Sanderson were college roommates at BYU? That explains a LOT! Oh to be a fly on the wall and hear their geeky, trivia-meets-fantasy conversations!)

 

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