Sunday, July 1, 2018

Graduation dress rehearsal








My little baby girl is not so little anymore. After months of long school days, stress, emotional breakdowns and hard work she has done it - Nelly Bo is graduating primary school after 12 years and is now ready for gymnasium.

She started on the average program after just making it through 8th grade. Once in 9th grade, she did so well that the teacher talked her into going up to the advanced program. I'm not an academic myself and neither is Jay so when Nelly Bo got the chance to shine with her academic brightness, we were all up for it. "Take your chance and see how it goes. You go girl!"

We have believed in her from day one, probably more than she ever believed in herself. It hasn't been easy. In fact it has been incredibly challenging. Not only did she have to repeat a year to catch up with her fellow students in her new class and learn Italian basics over the summer break, but she also faced some health challenges in 2017 that turned her world (and our world) totally upside down... something that was too private too share at the time and still feels very private... But she made it through, recovered and survived the aftermath and although she lost almost 200 hours of school last year, she passed. She stayed focused on her education in all the turmoil and I am so, so, SO proud to see her graduating with bonus points in her certificate. But its not the points that makes me so overly proud. It is the accomplishment. That she never gave up. She fought anxieties, stress, tears and fear and were so close to quit a number of times. And we supported her in any decision she would take along this journey. If she wanted to go back down, may so be it. But no, she continued and did this for herself. Against all odds she pushed through and finished on top of the world. She has just proved to herself that she has the capacity to do whatever she wants to do. That is the big win here today.

This last week, after all exams were completed and we found out that she will get her diploma, we have been searching for the perfect graduation dress. She knows what she wants my girl. It's been a bit of a challenge for me... We have had arguments about The dress: what style, budget, buy online or shop around locally... how important is this? Apparently VERY important. Graduating 11th grade in Switzerland is a BIG thing. I had no idea...

I'm not sure how many shops we've visited neither how many dresses she has tried on... I've taken big breaths more than once to not loose my patience... After hours of dress hunting we found what she was looking for. This is the one!

She loves it because it shows off her silhuette and the flowers look like they are painted in water colors. She loves it because it is classy and timeless and makes her feel Swedish. I love it too. And I can't believe my little baby girl has grown to become this beautiful young woman. It sound cheesy I know but Ooooh My, isn't she lovely in that dress?

Dress rehearsal is done... Friday the 6th of July is the big day. It appears that she will perform a piece on the piano on stage. And I'm gonna cry. Be so sure. How could I not? Every Mama would, right? Wouldn't you?



Kärlek
Annette


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16 comments :

  1. She looks so lovely! And, yes, Mama, you should be very proud of your bright and beautiful daughter.
    Linda

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  2. Wow vad snygg hon är! Förstår att du är stolt över allt hon har uppnått:) Grattis!

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  3. She looks so pretty! Congrats for graduating Nelly Bo and enjoy your big day next Friday!

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  4. What a gorgeous, talented young lady, Nelly Bo is and especially in the lovely chosen dress. Wishing her and the family fabulous celebrations next week. Yes, Mom, it is OK if a few tears fall on your wonderful cheeks! Tell Nelly Bo that I sure enjoy my dream chaser that I bought from her a couple months ago. It is very special to me. And, now I have this lovely visual to go with it when it is floating in the universe and bringing me special little gifts that I must pay special attention or I will miss them. Happy, happy to ALL.

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  5. Congratulations for your daughter and for you as her proud mother. Your daughter look gorgeous and stylisch in het beautiful dress.

    Have a great day on the 6th of July, Margaret

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  6. Congratulations!!! that is wonderful she has done so well in school and with her health issues. She is absolutely beautiful and the dress is smashing!! along with those delectable shoes. Enjoy the moment, one of those that will be remembered by you and her forever! Take care from Iowa

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  7. Of course! Thad had to be the dress for a beautiful girl who grew up in a Wisteria house. Great pictures! Congratulations to her, and the whole family for your great support.

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  8. I would indeed cry. She looks absolutely gorgeous, and she's done so well and achieved so much. I hope she has a wonderful day. Waterproof mascara for you my friend. CJ xx

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  9. congratulations to her, and to you as parents Annette. She looks amazing. Love the flowers on the dress. Have a great time and enjoy it.
    Have a nice day.

    Sweet greetings,
    Emily
    (casacreaemilia.blogspot.nl)

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  10. She is absolutely stunning and that dress is so sophisticated. Well done to her on fighting through and accomplishing so much. You deserve to be proud.

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  11. Absolutely I would cry. Congratulations to Nelly Bo, the world is her oyster!

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  12. Oh my goodness, how proud indeed! What an amazing achievement and what a wonderful girl. Cry away, no one could possibly blame you!

    S x

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  13. Annette she is so beautiful and so much like you!
    I too have a 16 year old teen a boy, and am sad and very excited for the time that has passed so quickly and for the times to come...
    sending love and happiness to you all
    bestest wishes my friens
    Ashley xxx

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  14. She is indeed a beautiful young lady! Congratulations to her and all of you!

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  15. Oh yes, many, many tears! I did with both of my girls. Congrats to you both! She is beautiful!

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  16. How beautiful she looks and how proud you are and rightly so. Well done for bringing up such a lovely family x

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Kärlek
Annette

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