Friday, November 7, 2008

A Little Good News

Lately my posts have been so infrequent because there isn't a lot of stitching going on. Today my post is totally if you are interested in something involving quilting or sewing....don't read any further.

I've shared the following picture with you about a year ago in December. This is a picture of DD and myself the day we brought her home from the hospital....Dec. 25, 1979. Isn't she a cutie!

At this point in her life, we had no idea what the future held for her. We hoped we could nurture her and teach her to be a caring and decent young woman. As she grew, she quickly showed us that she had an independent nature. She wasn't going to follow the rules of being a cuddly little thing that loved pink and wore ruffles. She was known to go in her room, remove the clothes I had put on her....and come out in her own choice of clothing. She was a daddy's girl and she loved wearing his cap. She's still a cutie in this mother's eye!
If I asked you now what you thought she might become by looking at the above photo......I bet the responses would be very interesting. I must tell you that she did have a very feminine side. There were times when she really did like to dress up in pink and ruffles.........and she loved her baby dolls. She's a doll collector today.

She even took time to stop and smell the flowers as she grew.

When she started school, she had a real drive to learn. She wanted to read right away....and she developed a love of books that continues with her today. I vividly remember her 4th grade year of school. One of her teachers recruited her to try out for a ready writing competition. The kids were given a topic to write about and they had to write an essay within a certain amount of time. The topic she was given was...."Who would you like to be like when you grow up?"If I remember correctly, she placed 3rd in the competition with several other schools. She came home and told me how her teacher had complimented her on the maturity of her essay. DD had written in that essay that she wanted to grow up to be a lawyer like Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. We weren't a family with any lawyers and we had not made it a practice to discussed the Supreme Court in our house, but we did encourage our kids to learn about the current events of the day. Again, if my memory is correct, this is about the time that Sandra D. O'Connor was selected to be a SC justice and that made a big impression on DD. I always told her you can be what you want when you grow up if you work hard enough. I thought she would pursue a career in writing or maybe in library science.

She worked hard through school, graduated from high school with honors, went on to college and got her BS in Computer Science. We were so proud when she graduated from college. She got a job working in computers, but I guess that 4th grade dream of becoming a lawyer was still very much alive in her because she saved every penny she made and one day told us she was leaving her job and going to law school. She paid her own way with the money she had saved and with a scholarship. We were so proud when she graduated after 3 long, hard years. That's her receiving her law diploma.

And yesterday she got the good news that she passed her bar exam and will officially be sworn in as a lawyer in the great state of Texas on November 18!! DH and I are so proud and in these turbulent times.....a little good news is so welcomed! Now we are hoping she will be able to find a job and become a good lawyer who can truly help make this world a better place.


Pieceful Afternoon said...

Great story - great photos. What a delight that she followed her dream. Congratulations to her and to you for such a wonderful child.

Jeanne said...

Congratulations to your daughter on passing the bar exam! I enjoyed learning a bit about her and seeing her grow up through the pictures.

Amelia said...

Lady, you have every right to let those "Mother" buttons just pop with pride.

I have wondered about her from time to time as you had said she was taking the did not post about it - so I hated to say anything for fear she had not passed...since it is so hard. Now today, we read the good news.

Congratulations to DD - and to you -for providing the love and support she needed in these years of her life.

Andrea said...

Very many congratulations to your daughter on her success. Great story and you've every right to be so proud.

Sue R said...

A wonderful story, Belvie, and such cute photos. You must be so proud of your girl. Passing the bar, what a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations to her!

kjquilts said...

Your daughter must have gotten her writing talent from her mother!

Congratulations on her graduation, sounds like she listened to your advice regarding hard work. I know you are so proud of her!

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I had only had my machine professionaly cleaned once in ten years so, I guess the average price of the cleaning was not so bad!

~Bren~ said...

Great post! Congratulations to your beautiful daughter. What a huge accomplishment!!!

Norma said...

Mom and Dad need to take a large bow here! How wonderful that she has accomplished her dream. I love the stop and smell the flowers picture...........may her life aways have those great smelling moments in it.

Just when things look the bleakest, you read a story like this and know the world is gonna be OK because we have people like her to take care of our futures.

Pam said...

What a wonderful post to read!! Congratulations to you and your daughter for all her hard work and perseverance.
All the best for a great future!!

texascymru said...

Wonderful memories! Your daughter sounds a lot like my daughter -- born only three months apart. Let's just say these little Texas gals have spunk! Great blog and great pics. Congratulate your baby girl on her wonderful accomplishments!

Leisha Camden said...

Congratulations to your daughter! :-)

Anonymous said...

I have very much enjoyed reading your story and well done to your DD..cheers