Sunday, May 10, 2009

Graduation Day

On Friday afternoon my husband, son and parents and me travelled to Rome, Ga to celebrate Mother's Day with my daughter Caitlin. We had a wonderful dinner at Sassafras and then we went to her apartment for a wonderful White Chocolate Raspberry cake from Honeymoon Bakery.

I received a beautiful flower arrangement and the movie Bride Wars from my children, and my sweet husband gave me beautiful Pandora earrings with three interchangeable charms.

But the main reason we went to Rome was to attend our firstborn's graduation from college. I still cannot believe that our little girl is now a young woman.

For the last four years, Caitlin has attended Berry College. It is a beautiful school with approximately 26,000 acres. While driving through the campus you will spot all sorts of wildlife. The Whitetail Deer are too numerous to count. On several occasions while walking to class Caitlin has had baby fawns come right up to her.

On Saturday morning the graduation festivities began at 10:30 with a Baccalaureate Service. The Scripture reading was Psalm 121 which they consider "The Berry Psalm". The Chaplain's address was titled "Choose This Day" and was taken from Joshua 24:14-15.

At the Baccalaureate Service

Graduation at Berry is traditionally held outside on the lawn of the Library so that there is unlimited seating for family members. Because of all the rainy weather in Georgia over the past couple of weeks a decision on the location of the ceremony was not made until after the Baccalaureate Service. Finally the decision was made to hold graduation outside and then immediately after that it started pouring. So the decision was reversed and the ceremony would be held inside at The Cage Center, the new athletic facility. And wouldn't you know it, it didn't rain another drop until graduation was over.

Caitlin and her brother Manning.

Caitlin received a B.S. degree with a major in Bio-Chemistry. She will begin Nursing School in the fall.

So go forth sweet baby. The world is yours. And always remember the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for a hope and a future. We love you very much.

Life Is Good,


Joyce said...

Congratulations to your daughter on her graduation. Sounds like it was a lovely weekend. And white chocolate raspberry cake sounds heavenly!

Leah said...


We are so proud of you!! I will be praying for you as you enter nursing school. You have made your parents so proud of you!!

Love you,


Lora said...

So glad to hear about your family gathering for Mother's Day Cindy! Your flowers are so pretty!

The campus at Berry College sounds wonderful with wildlife so close by to enjoy. And congratulations Caitlin on your graduation! The Lord does have great plans for you.

Blessings to you all.

Sharon said...

So happy for you and your family! A heart-felt CONGRATULATIONS goes out to your beautiful daughter, Caitlin! Ya'll must be so proud!

I enjoyed looking at your pictures. You have such good-looking kiddos!

God Bless you all!


Seeking Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Congratulations to your beautiful daughter! God is sooo GREAT! My daughter graduated from UNCC last May. She is now teaching! Praise God.
Happy Belated Mother's Day! What a wonderful gift from your daughter! We are sooo thankful for nurses; they are the caregivers for us all.
Still reading "Crazy Love". Thank you again, my friend.
Much happiness and grace,

Andrea said...

Congratulations on your daughter's graduation! What a lovely young woman she is, and how proud you must be of her.

I have heard Berry is an awesome school. What a blessing that your daughter received her degree from there! Blessings to her. She has such a bright future ahead of her.

Many blessings, Cindy!


Empty Nest Full Life said...

Congratulations to your sweet daughter. What a great accomplishment. I know you are proud of her. Will she be attending MCG for nursing? We had a friend who went to Berry, then on to MCG for her Nursing degree. I pray the very best for her. Again Congratulations Caitlin! Jackie

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Cindy, I know your Mother's Day weekend was totally off the charts because of all the added wonderfulness! You have great cause to be so proud of Caitlin. Both your children are very attractive by the way! Congratulations to Caitlin for a job well done! And to you for a job well done in raising her!