Sunday, August 2, 2009

A Candlelit Graduation...

Last night my family celebrated my "official" graduation with a special dinner and candle-lit ceremony.
It was already starting to get dark, so we placed (all the candles we could find!) on the front porch. All the tables and even the steps were covered with lights. Out here in the country, we don't have any street lamps so you could literally see the soft candle light from afar!
We all dressed up in our finest, and enjoyed a lovely dessert. Everyone went around and shared a "few words". It was touching, and I concluded by thanking my family for being who we are. I feel truly blessed, as we grow in God's Word. We are an open minded family, and break all the "cookie cutter" rules, and I love that! It's true freedom when "tradition" is cast aside, and following the Lord's leading comes first!

My Mother presented me with a handwritten diploma, signifying that I've mastered the required basic skills and education that will help me later on in life. We're always learning new things, and growing in the Lord everyday, so I honestly can't say that I'm completely "DONE". I'm still exploring interests, and do quite a bit of researching everyday. I actually look forward to volunteering at museums, studying on genealogy, or researching different eras next time I pop into the local library. I'm proud to say that I'm continuing my studies, and if you "insist" that I further my education this fall semester, my Major will be Domestic Engineering ~! (maybe even a little herbology or photo journalism for fun? ;)

(This particular college I'm referring to is conveniently located at our humble cottage!)

Although all this did not happen "Graduation week" in late May, I'm glad. I don't feel "peer pressure" to conform to the world's standards for when and how things should be done :) It was a warm, pleasant, and relaxing evening & we even watched one of my favorite movies,"Finding Neverland".


I know this was totally different from "normal" graduation celebrations, but I wouldn't change it for anything! (I still can't believe we've been homeschooling for 9 years! Time flies when you're having fun, eh?)

Tea on the Lawn

After breakfast, we ladies enjoyed rose/green tea with lovely conversation...

My brother decided to join us, for he had his own version of tea. "Herb tea" he called it :) He gathered fresh (random) herbs from the garden {rosemary, sage, basil, lavender and thyme etc) and boiled it in his kettle of water over an open flame. When it was ready, he "insisted" we all try it, and...wowzer! It was knock-your-boots-off and gasp for sweet air strong! Through my coughs and watery eyes, I let him know how delicious it was, and reminded myself to fake the drinking next time! LOL you should've seen how he sipped on his tea, "wide eyed and mystified" at every swallow!

Fruits of the Garden...
Here are a few of the clusters of concord grapes that are/were about to be eaten! It's amazing that through the hard pruning and extra dry weather, they produced at all, since we don't use fertilizer/pesticides etc.


We harvested our sugar baby watermelons, and they.were.delicious.
The true rind was only like 1/8 in. thick, so you could enjoy the super sweetness of melon without disappointment. It was the nostalgic "summer" treat..and homegrown from seeds!

Country Weather

The past few days (including today) have been increasingly cloudy and rainy. I love it though. There's nothing like hearing the patter of raindrops or the swishing of stray branches on the tin roof of a cozy cottage!

~Our rainy lane...

In Conclusion..

"We must not be decieved by the mere fact a person can read or write. Unless he has received that broader training which enables him to know the object of education, the uses of education; unless he recieves that broader training which will make him realize that book education is useless without character, without industry, without the saving habit, without the willingness to contribute his part toward law and order and the highest and best in the community, his mere book education will in many cases mean little or nothing."
~Booker T. Washington


. said...

Congratulations. You have a good life and you know how enjoy it and value it.


Jenna said...

Congratulations on your graduation:) It sounds like you had a very special dinner with your looked beautiful from the pictures:)
I am going to be studying herbs as an elective this "school year"...I'm excited!


Mrs.B said...

what a wonderful way to celbrate

May you have a blessed day

~In HIS Keeping,

~ Judy ~ said...

God bless you and congratulations Mia!
And THANK YOU for that DEAR story of your brother's "tea"!!! I was laughing out loud! And I can SO EASILY imagine my son doing the same thing:)
I know that you will continue helping your siblings in their own education; and I'm sure that your parents are so pleased with the fine mentor you are and example you set before them.

McKenzie Elizabeth said...

I am so happy for you Mia! May the Lord bless you greatly in the days ahead!

I love you!
McKenzie Elizabeth

p.s. Lovely pictures as always!

Rachel said...

Congratulations Mia! It is such a wonderful thing to see a godly young maiden start on her journey past childhood and on to "official" womanhood! =:) What a special and lovely graduation party! May the Lord continue to bless you and guide you in your informal education! =:)

God Bless!

linda said...

I just found your blog and wanted to congratulate you on your graduation. What a lovely party!
Keep up the great work here. I will be back to read more.

Amber said...

Congratulations on your graduation! This was a lovely post, as usual!

Rachel said...

Congratulations Mia, on your graduation! My nephew just "graduated" after 18 years of homeschooling too! God bless you. Thanks too for the quote from Booker T. He is someone I greatly admire!

Iyana Yona said...

I concur with Alfezema, you do indeed have a clue as to how fortunate and blessed you are and you do value it.

There is none of that pontificating or condescending air one will *at times* experience on some stay at home daughter blogs.
You certainly adorn this life that you and your family live. Visiting your blog makes Christianity so much the more attractive.

What a fine post this was.

May God continue to bless you Miss Mia. May He cause those dreams of yours that are in line with His will to come to pass, all in due time.


Lisa said...

Congratulations!!! Homeschooling is such a blessing; you can do things the way you want!

Lovely post.

Lisa Q

Stone Bridge Farm said...


Congratulations to you! I have really been blessed from your blog thus far. I find it a great honor that you share it with us. Please never forget how truely blessed and gifted you are to have such an education as your dear mother has given you and your siblings. Most people these days are blinded by conformity. Conformity of wordly possessions,thoughts and education. They have forgotten our humble beginnings and riches from God. But I know that YOU will take your education with you all of your days.

May God bless and keep you and yours Mia!

In Christ Alone,

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Congratulations! What a great idea for a graduation party.

Loved your brother's tea story and the quote at the end. Perfect!

Maiden4Christ said...

Dear Mia,
Congratulations!!! My mother and I have really enjoyed reading your blog. I was wondering what year was your "Far above rubies" from? My mother is interested in getting it for me but wasn't sure which version was better, the older workbook version or the newer CD version. I believe you had the workbook, was it user friendly and easily understood?
Thank you for you help and keep up the good work.
May god bless you.
~Bethany Franco

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Sara said...

Congratulations, Mia! It sounds like you had a lovely ceremony, and that you have education in perspective--schooling is temporary, but learning never ends. I like your quote at the end. Also, Finding Neverland is one of my favorites too!

Lisa said...

As per usual, you and your family have left me inspired AND challenged!!....and that's good :)

Kate said...

Congratulations, Mia! "Domestic Engineering," or "Home Economics" are great majors! There's so much a lady can do with that knowledge. God's been guiding me with what I can do with it.

sarah said...

Congratulations! I love the last picture! So feminine :). It's so wonderful that you've decided to remain at home :).

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Dear Mia,

Congratulations and your ceremony sounds so lovely! My daughter will be graduating in December (from public school) and has decided not to attend the graduation of her class in May so we will do something special for her.

Loved your brother's tea story! I enjoyed looking through your archives the other. BTW I live in Georgia too, right outside Atlanta.

Love the quote you ended with!


Anonymous said...

Always a pleasure peeking in on your Life Mia!
Congratulations on your graduation!
Never stop learning! I'm old, and I learn something new everyday in God's beautiful world!
Rhonda From Northern Minnesota

Meredith Ivy said...

Congratulations, Mia! What a great post. Everything you said and your quote about education is so excellent. :) said...

We are so glad to call you friend! Thankful to see what God has/is doing through you. May you continue to graduate to each step the Lord has for you as you grow in Him.

Darleen & The rest

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage said...

I congratulate you! You've chosen the perfect profession. May God bring you the one and only Man of God's Dreams for you.

Your blog is absolutely lovely.

Mrs. Laura

Sarah, lovely wife of... said...

Hey Mia. I have been following your blog for about a month, silently. I love your blog and it is a real inspiration to me. It makes me want to be a better daughter to my parents, and it encourages me to be a better homemaker. I almost cannot wait to see you become a wife; I want to read what you will write then. Well, you have inspired me to finally create one of my own. Will you be the first to view it?

Miss Jen said...

That is lovely, Mia!!! :)
So touching and special...

With Much Love Your Sister in Christ~
Miss Jen

Aunt B said...


How blessed you are to have been home schooled, living in the country with a beautiful garden,and delecious sugar baby watermelon. God is so good.

I have enjoyed your blog so very much. Mater of fact, it was my very first one and now remains my favorite.

God bless you

Aunt B

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Paulina said...

Congratulations! I love how much you value education :) I wish you the best!

Laura said...

Congratulations!!!!! w00t!

daydreamer81 said...

I adore reading your beautiful blog, and looking at the pictures you take. I really belive you have an old soul like me, dreaming of the past, the people, clothes, and culture. Congrats on your graduation, you have opened up a new door, and started a new journey and I know you will make it a beautiful one, filled with God's love and inspiration. God bless you my dear, and thank you for being you. It's nice to know that I am not the only old soul out there!!

Anonymous said...

Even though this comes to you a bit late...Congratulations on your graduation. What a sweet, wonderful occasion to celebrate with your family!