Friday, April 12, 2013

The Boy is Back

Our oldest son returned from his Senior Trip this morning.
Five boys away for a week.
Their first trip without parent supervision.
I was nervous sending him away.
His father said it would be a good experience.
After all, he will be going away to college this year.
  He returned with gifts just for me.
The boy knows me well.
They had a good time though the weather was much colder than expected.  And it was very quiet since it was still the off season.
 The photos of sand and sea that he shared with me while away inspired these little gift bags.
I made some last year in July as seen here (starfish patterns included).  
Have a wonderful day! 

42 comments:

Patty said...

Gosh, they have to grow up, don't they. What a sweet boy bringing gifts for his mama. I don't think most boys think that way - you have done a great job with him!

Betsy said...

He remembered you while he was gone! Now that is a great son! We do worry don't we? I thinks it's in the Mom genes. I'm very worried about my 23 year old in Tokyo right now with the missile thing and all. He tells me not to worry, but that's like saying stop breathing to a mom!
I'm glad your son is home safely.
Blessings,
Betsy

Yvonne said...

Oh yes, I know the feeling. My youngest is my son who is 29, and yes I still worry....about all of them, but him mostly. He travels all over the country, maybe that's why. LOL
That's sweet your son brought you gifts. Makes you feel good to know they are turning into 'giving' adults.
Lovely photos.
Sometimes my son will text me a photo of some birds he has seen, wherever he may be, because he knows how I love the birds. He has that love of birds also.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Such a thoughtful son to think of you.

Love the photos.


Happy Weekend friend.

Vicki

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Tammy, Time passes way to fast and son or sons fly quickly. I had a difficult time when the last one went sailing with the Navy to the other side of the earth. But your love and upbringing will see him through.. Love your wee By The Sea gift bags... Way to cute. Hugs Judy

Mary said...

What a great place for a school trip - bet he enjoyed it all, especially shopping for his mom - he did well!!! Know you were thrilled with the lovely gifts and of course having him safely home again.

Where is going to college? Will he still be able to live at home or is he going far away? Wish him luck - and you be strong now that the empty nest days are ahead!

Hugs from pollen covered NC.
Mary

La Tea Dah said...

Awww, all is right with the world. The gifts for "mom" are sweet and thoughtful. I'm glad he had a good time.

GardenofDaisies said...

I bet he had a great time! What an exciting time of life for him. Where is he planning to go to college?

Leslie said...

Sounds like your son had a wonderful time and how sweet that he brought back gifts:) My youngest graduates in June and starts a one year masters program. I can't believe they are grown! From the day they are born, we instill values and teach them to be successful adults that contribute to society. Then suddenly that's what they're doing! It's tough to let go and I don't think we (as parents) stop worrying. Once a parent, always a parent:)

So glad I found your blog!

Diane said...

It's so hard to let them go for the first time. Sounds like he was very trustworthy. Diane

Kate said...

Tammy
First I love the sweet bags you made they are lovely. My boys are 25 and 20 and I still worry when they travel. I think it never stops for us moms. They sea looks so lovely and peaceful. Have a wonderful weekend

KAte
xoxo

Createology said...

Fortunately your son came home safely and with wonderful gifts for you which mean he was thinking of you. Your little starfish bags are very sweet. Sunshine, Sand and Beach Smiles...

Aishwarya said...

Hi Tammy

As parents, we'd always worry but they need to experience. Good you let him have his vacation. How sweet of him to have brought gifts for you. They'd be treasured. My lil girl was in 4th grade when she brought something for everyone of us at home while being away on a school trip. We were touched and we still treasure those gifts :)

Magdalena said...

I do understand what you mean, but we must let them go. Isn't it good to have them back?
Magdalena

Becca said...

I love your crocheted, sea themed gift bags. What a sweet son you have to bring you gifts from his trip!

Debby said...

What a sweet son. Love the little sacks you made and his gifts.

Jan said...

WHEW! Glad he's back safe and sound! Love the beer label......he's your son!!!

Elna said...

I always feel nervous when they are traveling alone for the first time. What great gifts you received and cute little crocheted bags. Have a nice weekend.

Hugs

Mereknits said...

I think off season and cold mean a lot less trouble to get into. You are a brave Mom, it is hard to let them go away even for a week.
Hugs to you Tammy,
Meredith

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Yes, with mixed feelings a Parent awaits these mile-stones of a child. But all went well and it was a good experience!
Your little treasures resemble his trip very well and he was sweet for bringing you those gifts!
Hugs,
Mariette

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I bet it was hard to let him go on the trip. I'd be so nervous! But it sounds like it went well and he was smart to bring back some gifts for you :)

Yarni Gras! said...

I know how hard that was...and the thought of him leaving for college soon, oh my! Where is he going?

Blondie's Journal said...

It's bittersweet as they grow up but you can be proud...he had an adventure and he kept you in mind at the same time! Wonderful boy!

XO,
Jane

Rustique Gal said...

Hi Tammy, It's tough when the little birdies fly away! It looks like he enjoyed himself, though. Nice of him to bring gifts to Mom! I love your sweet beachy bags!
Hugs,
Sherry

by Teresa said...

I remember well when our son and daughter headed off to college.. you're proud but worry a lot. It's just all a part of the circle of life. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

besomom said...

Glad he got home safely, and how thoughtful that he brought you gifts! It's hard to let them go, but it's so important that we have the courage to do just that.

Serena Lewis said...

What a thoughtful son to bring you back such nice gifts! Glad to hear they had a nice time. I would have been nervous too as I'm such a worrywart when it comes to my kids. When Reece travels abroad, I worry, and it's always a relief when he arrives back safe and sound. They have to live their lives and we can support them but, as Mothers, we still have the right to worry no matter what their age. I love your sea-themed gift pouches. Thanks for the link.

Have a great weekend! xo

Susan said...

Hi Tammy...Glad your son is back safe and sound.

Gosh, the thought of him going away to school in the USA must fill you with apprehension (and happiness.)

Well, just take one minute at a time. For now, he's home. Take care. susan

Melanie said...

Glad your son had such a good time on his trip! How sweet he is to bring his mama home some lovely things. :-)

Mistea said...

Love the little gift bags, the starfish detail is beautiful. Nice pictures from the boys break.
Lovely gifts for you.
Enjoy Saturday.

Liz D said...

What an exciting age, exciting time. Beautiful sea and sand.
And adorable little bags, how I wish I was a better crocheter....

love

lizzy

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

So glad your boy is back safe! It is so scary to let our kiddos go out into the world without us. My hubby is pushing me that way with my girl and it is tough. I know next year she will be away at college an hour away. I can't image having a kiddo have a world away!

girlunwinding said...

Glad he is home. My youngest son took at 3 day trip this week sans parents, too! he went to Chatanooga for a Future Business Leaders of America state conference. I was nervous but also excited for him. He also brought back goodies for me and my art journaling!
Good sons all around!!
~Dawn

111 LaLa Lane said...

So glad he made it home safely, Tammy. And wasn't he a sweetie pie for remembering his mama. Your little gift bags are cute. I can see using something like this to collect shells from walks on the beach. Have a great weekend!

~ Laurie

Dagmar said...

How lovely to get such nice gifts back from Cyprus..my good girlfriend Frosso is from there and she goes to visit her family at least twice a year and leaves on Tuesday for 4 weeks! Hope that your time without your son was still ok inspite of missing him..they do fly away at sometime MOM!
xo

Preeti said...

You have made lovely gift bags!! How thoughtful of your son to bring nice gifts for you :)

Kathleen said...

I'm glad your son is home safe and sound. How sweet and thoughtful of him to bring gifts back just for you.

Vicki Boster said...

Tammy- it's awfully hard to let loose the ties that keep our babes in the nest. Of course we raise them with the goal of growing up and being productive on their own--- but it's hard to let loose. Although this was surely difficult for you- it was no doubt a wonderful first venture for your son. I know you must be so proud of him. He was SO thoughtful to bring back gifts for you-- (that is such a good son!!)

Vicki

Lori ann said...

this is all so sweet and moving tammy. i'm glad your boy had a good trip and to bring you surprises, sigh. love this, and your ocean inspired bags too. they are lovely.

TACIStudio said...

He sure is a wonderful boy to remember his mom on his trip. So thoughtfully !

Catherine said...

Oh wow that must have been a big deal for both you and him, they do grow so fast don't they. I'm sure it won't be long and I do will have to experience this but not for a little while thankfully:) And what thoughtful gifts he brought back for you:)

Melissa said...

How thoughtful of Yousef. Im sure he had a great time and it'll prepare him a little for when he goes off into the big world of college. Love the little seashell sacks!!

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