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August 25, 2008

Flown the Coop

Greg and I are now, officially, empty nesters.  We drove our youngest daughter up to college last week and moved her in.  It was an all day affair that she had prepared for in advance with many hours of planning and shopping.  On the drive up, God gave her a rainbow.  Pretty cool, huh?

Here's the Before and After shots of her dorm room.


She is attending the same university as her older sister, so Big Sis helped us move in.  Because the built-in chest of drawers is right next to the closet, we had to shut her inside while she hung up her little sister's clothes.  We'd be talking away and all of a sudden, a comment from the closet would be thrown out.  It would crack us all up.

This daughter (the one we are moving in) is the one that has done some modeling.  One of the things she loves to do is tear pages out of high-fashion magazines and make collages out of them.  Her room at home is literally wallpapered with these collages.  There's not an empty spot on the walls.  So, she came to move-in day with a file folder full of tear-sheets and made a collage with them.  She had no plan.  Just flipped through the pictures and up they went.  How she manages to make it all come out perfectly at the edges is nothing short of an art.  Here's a pic of her directing Dad and Big Sis on where to tape what while she held the rest of it down.


We started at 7:00am and didn't finish until 9:00pm.  Dad and I were exhausted, but pleased our little girl was all settled in.

She did pot-luck on a roommate and it looks like the Lord was gracious.  Her new roommate is sweet, soft-spoken and loves the Lord.  Praise God!

Meanwhile, it's awfully quiet around here.  I love it during the day because I get so much more writing done when it is totally silent.  But the evenings are a little too quiet for Greg and I.  I'm sure we'll adjust, though the puppies are not happy with this new arrangement at all!

posted by Deeanne on 08/25/2008

Comments: 13

Angela Meuser said...

Your daughter is so creative! What a cool way for you to help her start her new life. My baby started kindergarten today. I've actually been putting off my writing until the kids were in school and I was pretty excited about it, so my tears totally caught me off guard. I can't imagine what it's going to be like when I take my baby to college.


deeanne said...

Oh! First day of kindergarten. I remember it like it was yesterday. My favorite part was when she came home and we sat on the couch and she told me every single thing she did that day. So special!!


daisy4given said...

I love the shelves on her bulletin board, what a great idea!! How do they stick to the board? We could never get anything to hang on our walls in college - the cinder blocks made it impossible to nail or tack anything, and the slick paint made any adhesive impossible. You guys did a great job making her little room homey!


Leah Mast said...

I've always been curious, Deeanne, are any of your two daughters advid readers? I didn't notice any of your books in the dorm room! I can't even imagine what that would be like to be the daughter of a mother who was gifted in Christian Fiction. But I would guess if you were a reader it would be pretty fantastic! I love how your daughter was able to make her dorm so comfy! I was never that creative and unfortunately, I had the same problem 'Daisy4Given' mentioned, the cinder blocks made hangin' anything quite near to impossible. Are the sisters' close? My younger sister and I roomed together durin' our college years! It was most lovely but always we were the best of friends.


Deb said...

Her room looks great! The shelves on the board are a great idea.


deeanne said...

That bulletin board is not a cork board, but a peg board. You know, like the kind men use in their garages and put a bunch of little hooks on? We covered it with fabric so it wouldn't look so ugly. But that's how we did the shelves. They sell those braces for peg boards at the hardware store.

The rest of the walls are cinder blocks, so we're hoping her collage doesn't come crashing down!

Leah, My daughters are indeed very close. They are great friends and share many of the same friends. Makes it very, very nice!!

My girls are big Harry Potter fans. Mom comes in a very, VERY distant second. :) Still, they have read my books (which is more than my boys have done--ha) and she does have a couple on her shelf. If you right click on the photo of her room and open the pic up in a "new window" you will be able to see it a little better. If you use the "zoom" feature, you'll be able to see LADY and COURTING TROUBLE, I believe. Not sure. :)


Abby said...

OH! It looks so good! hehe I had to set it as my backround for a second to get a good quality zoom...but I saw LADY and TROUBLE! Hehe Made me laugh.


Leah Mast said...

Oh, I just love that! Your daughter must surely be proud of you, Deeanne, as well as the rest of the family. Your daughters are quite beautiful, truth be known. Has it even been a possibility that either one of them would be chosen as one of your book models? I enjoy the pictures you share of your family, the girls especially, they have such expressions on their faces in all the snapshots. The camera adores them both!


Jess said...

Hi Deeanne, We've traded email a while ago about Christian writing and, this is kind of embarrassing to admit, I only today picked up one of your books, but I am so in love with it I had to tell you, even at risk of shaming myself for the huge gap of time that has passed since our emails! :D (Courting Trouble, btw.) I work in a secular bookstore with a small christian fic section, and I saw it while shelving, first time I'd seen one of your books on the shelf, so I picked it up and was instantly hooked. :)


Becky said...

Oh, I LOOOOVE what she did with her dorm. The collage is amazing. Great planning and execution of those plans! That's great that your daughters are so close and share many of the same friends. That's a very special relationship. Those poor puppies do look rather forlorn, lol. They'll adjust, though. As will fact, you'll probably be like honeymooners again! ;)


deeanne said...

Welcome, Jess, and don't feel bad. You would believe what my TBR (to-be-read) pile looks like!! It's crazy!

Decorating dorm rooms is fun because you are working with such a tiny space. You can kinda go all-out. It's when they move into the apartments that it gets overwhelming!


Boots_Rockafella said...

Those pups look like they just lost their best friend.


daisy4given said...

The pegboard idea is GENIUS!! I wish i had thought of that back in the day :)


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