Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Celebrating At Sea Cottage

Begin doing what you want to do now.
We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand.
 ~Marie Ray

We are celebrating at Sea Cottage.  My oldest daughter graduated from the University Of California Berkeley with a Bachelor Of Arts degree in English.

She began her education at home, graduating early, and beginning community college at age 16.  She studied hard to earn high grades and scholarships.  She was the editor of the college newspaper and the editor of the first Global Studies Journal on a California community college campus.  She also worked full time to put herself through college.  She received the highest scholarship awarded at the community college with a plaque honoring her achievements displayed in the campus library.   When it came time to transfer she was accepted to UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, UCSC and UCB.  She chose her dream college Cal   (University Of California Berkeley).

She has done really well at Cal academically while working at Starbucks and part time on campus at the University library translating hand written letters by Mark Twain. She graduated this Spring and attended the ceremony but still has one more semester to complete her minor in Creative Writing.  Then she plans to continue on in the English graduate studies program to get her PhD. 

My youngest daughter also began college at the community college and is now transferring to Humboldt State University as a Wildlife Biology major.  She has studied hard to earn high grades, grants and scholarships.  She has also worked part time at Starbucks to put herself through college.  She will be moving this month.   So we are celebrating at Sea Cottage.  We are having a graduation party this weekend and a farewell party next weekend.  We are very proud of our daughters.  They have worked and studied diligently to pursue all that they dream to be.  None of this has come easy.  they have overcome many trials.  Our family has endured much hardship and suffering.  Yet they have found the strength to persevere.  They are brave.  How beautiful their courage is.  

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." ~e.e. cummings

I used the Jeanne d Arc Living Beautiful Celebrations book for inspiration and ideas in decorating for the parties.  I found some driftwood chargers(like the ones in the book) at World Market to go with hammered glass and french white plates I already had.  The hammered glass plates are from World Market 8 yrs. ago. I am using a mix match of french glasses from Sur La Table and La Petite Paris and ruffled french linen napkins from Maison de Michele.  There will be lots of white candles with seashells and sacred medals tied with natural twine.  Driftwood and seashells here, there and everywhere keeping with the Nordic Coastal style of our home.  I like that Jeanne d Arc Living inspires natural settings for celebrations.  Their book is full of beautiful ideas.  Cheers to the beginning of Summer celebrations.  

Sea Tidings,