I’ve been plugging along and really enjoying the process of putting together pages every day. I have a huge crush on the 6 x 8 size. It just seems like there are so many benefits. It’s small. It uses less paper and product. It’s cute. You can mix things up with the different sized page protectors. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.
Today’s group of pages (and I forgot to photograph my Day 7) involves a story I haven’t shared yet about my daughter Aidan. You’ll get a clearer picture from Day 8.
I’m going to include the digital card file for easier reading.
Yes, Aidan has decided to transfer to the University of Minnesota for Spring semester. It has been a really intense experience for her, this first semester at school. She has learned so much about herself and what works for her and what doesn’t work for her and me and her Dad support her all the way. We didn’t anticipate that she wouldn’t love it there but this isn’t our story to live. It’s hers. Aidan is the most level-headed young woman you will meet. She is able to be very clear and she has a tremendous self-awareness. Rather than me get all into the details of how this semester has shaken out, I asked her first if I could share her story here and second, if she wanted to say anything about it in this post. She agreed to both.
She said, “People easily form opinions or come to conclusions upon learning information, often times without knowing much more than one piece of a large puzzle. All I can say is that this decision was right for me and good for me. Life is short and I didn’t give up an opportunity, I merely leapt into another with enthusiasm and inspired energy.”
And there you have it. She’s writing the story of her life and stories change. Of course, we’ll be so happy to see her more, but more importantly, she is going to be happier.
Also on my Day 8 spread, I created a 6 x 8 print of my holiday card. Because my card was digital, I figured, why not? Last year, I punched holes in my card and popped it into my album. This year, with the double rings, I just opted to turn my card into a page with a little digital patterned paper in the background.
The Day 9 spread includes a photo of the finals care package I sent off to her, complete with our Elf on the Shelf, Malachai, who has seen zero action this year on account of both kids think he’s creepy. I bought him a little bomber jacket for the journey. I told Aidan not to read my blog today, so as not to spoil the surprise when he arrives.
The Day 9 journal card reads: Finals week is next week and Aidan made a request: please send me a box for finals week. I think she has really loved my silly care packages. So, per her request I added the following items: 1. Three pairs of underwear (so she will not have to laundry before coming home.) 2. Shampoo (she’s almost out). 3. Chocolate. 4. Salt and vinegar potato chips. 5. Cheddar Bunnies. 6. Malachai, our Elf on the Shelf (who has seen zero action this year) wearing a bomber jacket and carrying a sign to remind her that this life is all about the process of living. We are so looking forward to having this girl home.
One week from today I’ll be bringing Aidan not just home for the holidays, but home. She’s looking forward to regrouping and preparing for her new semester as a Minnesota Golden Gopher. Go Aidan! We are behind you all the way. Always.