the time that our oldest will fly the nest is fast approaching. this is the sweet valentine she made for me. she is in the throes of settling on a university. you can read about her dilema on her blog.
when i was the age she is now i was approaching the end of my second semester at byu. i started young because of a funky deadline in the school district where i entered kindergarten. i enjoyed graduating from high school and starting college young, and wanted that for her too. but she wasn't born in time for the school deadline, although she'd been threatening to come early for months and doctors promised that it was impossible for me to carry her full term (she was actually 8 days late). i always planned to have her skip a year, but she first entered american school as a sophomore, after 12 years in japan, and it didn't seem helpful or wise to move her ahead at that point. and it turns out that i am very grateful that we've had this last year with her at home because she has been most enjoyable (after several years of not being so enjoyable), and i'm grateful for the happy memories and improved relationships that we've forged this year.
here is one of her many quilt projects (she has almost as many in progress as i do), the "kansas twister", a repro pattern by judie rothermel, which she is hand piecing.