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Congratulations, graduate!

Berea graduation

We left our beloved porch Sunday and Monday to see my favorite little sister graduate from Berea College.  Congratulations, Maggie!

Three mothers

Cap and gownI call the photo above "Three Mothers".  We were waiting for the first appearance of our graduate....

Here she comes!

The photo below depicts Mom's first sighting.

Here she comes!

Walking across the stage....

Her rooters below.


Then cookies and punch in the quadrangle.


My favorite grand-nephew seemed more interested in the brownies than in the dry-roasted cicadas I brought just for him.  What are kids coming to these days?


We're so proud of you, Maggie!

Our chicken waterer kept all three flocks well hydrated without any worries while we were gone.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I was so happy and proud that all of you came. Love you!
Comment by Maggie Tue May 8 07:46:38 2012

CONGRATULATIONS MAGGIE Looks like even the weather was befitting your family celebration of your awesome achievement!

Comment by Jayne Tue May 8 10:33:25 2012

So sweet to see all of your smiling faces, and sad not to have been there myself. Congratulations Maggie! Super proud of you, and can't wait to see you in a couple of months. Thanks for posting these great shots Anna.

xoxox, Jay

Comment by Jay Tue May 8 14:52:08 2012

Maggie --- We were thrilled to be there and share the big day!

Jayne --- Maybe the weather is why everyone was so photogenic. :-)

Jay --- We missed you, and I was thinking of you when I put together the photos for this post. We're looking forward to a family gathering rerun with you at the center in August.

Comment by anna Tue May 8 15:56:20 2012

. . . and so sorry to miss such an important date. Well, I did what I had to do here and did it well; I only wish the dates had lined up differently. It looks like Sango and I missed out on good times. Thank you Anna, Mark and Joey for capturing these moments. The pictures are very good.

Congratulations Maggie!

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Comment by Jeremiah Tue May 8 19:29:43 2012
Jeremiah --- I'm pretty sure we all understood your absence. And you should be proud of your youngun' too --- he behaved admirably sitting through a long graduation after a long car drive. Despite not being fond of kids younger than ten, I found myself wishing I'd gotten a bit more time with him. I forgot to ask how he was liking the Hobbit!
Comment by anna Tue May 8 20:24:11 2012

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