I’ve shed many tears over the last couple of weeks and I know I will shed many more in the next few months as I help Nick prepare for college.
Graduation is bittersweet. I am so very proud of Nick and how hard he has worked and the obstacles he has overcome with strength, wisdom, and faith in his 18 years. But I am also grieving. Nick will leave for college in a few months and it will be just me and the cat. It won’t matter how many people come to stay when they need a soft bed and a warm meal. It simply will not be the same ever again. I’m crying even now as I write this.
God has always filled my empty spaces and I am trusting Him to fill them now. It will just be different. I will have a new “normal.”
OK – I’ve got to get myself together so let’s move on to Nick’s graduation celebration so I can dry my tears!
Nick is not into big parties… or cake. I thought everyone liked cake! But not my boy. When I asked him what he wanted to serve instead of cake he said, popsicles. Really? He said we could just hand them out and life would be easy.
Well… ya’ll know that wouldn’t work for me. So, we invited a handful of our closest family and friends to come to his graduation ceremony and then join us afterwards for some treats.
I made an assortment of miniature treats and arranged them on a simply decorated table (within Nick’s comfort zone) and added Nick’s favorite picture of him with his dad so he could feel like he was a part of the celebration. (He was. Just from a more beautiful address.)
Nick loves mini eclairs and chocolate covered strawberries so I included them in the treats. But it was the little candy graduation caps that got the most attention. There are lots of versions of this online but this is my favorite way to make them.
Graduation Cap Treats
- Miniature Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
- Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares
- Chocolate Chips
- Licorice Strings
Unwrap the peanut butter cups and chocolate squares.
Melt the chocolate chips. This will be your “glue” so you only need about 1/2 a cup of chips, melted.
Dip the small end of the peanut butter cup into the melted chocolate and place, melted chocolate side up, on a serving platter.
Place the chocolate square, design side down, on top of the melted chocolate on the peanut butter cup. (The chocolate will set up and keep the square from falling off the peanut butter cup.)
Use your finger to put a dot of melted chocolate in the center of each chocolate square and then place an M&M, logo side down, on the dot of chocolate.
Cut licorice into 1 – 1 1/2 inch strips and place on caps. You may need to use a little of the melted chocolate to hold them in place.
That’s it! Place them in the refrigerator to set up until ready to serve.
If you have a graduation celebration coming up you will want to make these. Everyone loves them and my guests are still talking about them!
One last thing that I want to share with you today…
My absolutely favorite graduation gift is this beautiful print by my sweet, artistic friend, Alice. I’m not sure if you can see it, but Nick’s name is written in the palm of His hand. (I also love to give this as a baptism gift!)
I have her make one for everyone graduating each year. I pray over the print when it arrives and as I wrap the gift. I pray for God’s protection while the young man or woman heads to college and faces worldly situations, challenges, and a new environment to navigate on their own. It is my hope that they take the print to college and hang it on the wall of their dorm room as a constant reminder of Who they belong to and that they are loved beyond measure and never alone.
You can order the print “Hands” by visiting Alice at www.aliceart.net.
Praying God comforts those of you sending kids off to college this year. It’s a new season. But He is the same God, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.