Monday, April 11, 2016

Peonies and A Proud Mama

I had to share these pretty peonies with you...

Aren't they pretty? Want to know a secret??? They're not real! Sweet Julie who blogs over at Lilacs and Longhorns shared them on her Instagram account. I couldn't believe they were faux flowers! She said she got them at Walmart, so I high tailed it over there and grabbed a few for myself. :) 

I had them in the kitchen for a few days, but they eventually found their way onto this little table (it's actually a jewelry stand) in my hallway.
I love displaying them on the book my great grandmother illustrated and they bring a smile to my face every time I pass by. :)
Now onto the proud Mama part...

 I've mentioned before that my oldest son is in college and about to graduate in December. He switched his major about half way through, from Business to Supply Chain Management. Since they were both under the business umbrella so to speak, he only had to add a handful of supply chain classes to the business classes he was already taking. It extended his graduation by one semester, but he's so much happier with the supply chain degree and we're so happy for him. :) 

He seems to have a natural understanding of supply chain and has really enjoyed his classes. He recently attended a supply chain job fair at his school (The University of Houston) They had employers from all over the Houston area come and the students got a chance to meet with them. He was hoping to at least secure a summer internship, but landed an actual job instead!

The company he spoke with was looking for a student to work part time right now, then go full time after graduation. He started a couple of weeks ago and loves it! He's doing what he loves, the people are great to work with, and they have wonderful benefits too. 

He hasn't even graduated yet, but he's already started his retirement plan with his company. That REALLY makes mom and dad proud. :) 

I can't tell you how nice it is to know he has a job BEFORE graduation! Let me just say to my fellow parents who are in the thick of paying for tuition right DOES pay off when they end up getting a great job out of it. All those years of paying tuition, books, etc. really is worth it.  

To reward himself for getting a "real" job with "real" money, he's going to order a new truck for himself this weekend. It will take 6-8 weeks to build but I'll try to share a pic when it's delivered.  

I rarely share personal stuff here, so thanks for listening to my proud mama talk. :)



  1. Congratulations to your son! That is awesome. :)

  2. Lisa,
    I am basking with you, I just know that feeling of joy when our children thrive!
    Congrats to your son:)

  3. I love the peonies!! I am going to have to check our Walmart. Congratulations on your son's job! That is wonderful.

  4. Congratulations on your son's achievements! And I must go get some of those peonies!!

  5. That is awesome!! You have every right to brag and be proud. Our oldest interned/worked for a company, graduated on a Tuesday and went right to work on a Wednesday. We are hoping that our youngest will have the same luck after her externship next spring.

  6. You have real reason to be proud Lisa! Congratulations to you and your hardworking son! :)

  7. Congrats to your son for doing so well with his education and already lining up a job for himself. ! That's wonderful! It sounds like you've done a good job raising him. I love your peonies too. I really thought they were real at first!

  8. Congratulations to your son! Ous youngest will also be finishing his degree in December and I hope he gets as lucky. It is tough out there. BTW, the peonies are gorgeous! Take care, Maria

  9. Congrats Lisa on your son's wonderful news. To not even graduate yet and have a job already. That is so awesome. Love the peonies they are gorgeous. One of my favorites. Happy New Week my friend.

  10. Congrats to your dear son, Lisa! He worked so hard and it's wonderful that all that hard work has payed off. Such an exciting time in his life (and yours!). So happy for him and your entire family!!!

  11. I think that is absolutely wonderful about your son, Lisa! You have every reason to be proud and so does he. The best thing is the fact that he loves what he's doing. Most people have a job, often that they hate, but it pays the bills. It's so fantastic to see the flip-side. Our son has loved what he's doing, and realized his calling at an early age (about 14). You will be truly blessed by your son's passion, just as we are. Congratulations to your son!

    Faux flowers these days are so realistic. I have some faux peonies, too, and just love them.

    Hope this continues to be a great week for you!

  12. I am so proud of your son and soon happy for you guys, Lisa!!! Yay! And good for him for getting a truck!
    Kendra @

    1. Thank you so much, Kendra! We're so happy for him. :) It's such a relief to know he has a job he loves. Hope you have a great week! xoxo

  13. That is amazing!!! Such a rewarding feeling for a parent I'm sure!!

  14. Fantastic! I understand your pride and appreciation for him and his efforts. It's such a blessing when our kids grow up and are responsible, respectful adults. As a retiree, I urge my kids, and anyone else that will listen, to plan MORE for your retirement than you think you'll need! Everything goes up in cost, medical expenses are outrageous even with insurance and Medicare pays less each year.

    Love the flowers! They do look real. :)



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