A Summer of Memories

Happy Friday beautiful readers. 🙂

This summer has been a summer of remarkable memories. College graduation being the kick-off. I am the first of my family to graduate from a four-year college, and walking across that stage on graduation knowing my parents were there watching me receive my diploma was the proudest moment of my life. Through the sea of people at graduation, I could practically see the smile radiating on my parents’ faces. I could feel in my heart that they were so proud. My favorite moment of the entire ceremony was looking up to find my parents in the crowd as I first walked onto the green to take my seat. I am almost positive I saw my dad crying…but he would never admit that.

Saying goodbye to mentors, advisers, professors and friends was hard, but I knew it was the beginning of a new journey. My loving boyfriend helped me pack up my car with all my crap, which was not an easy task. For those that don’t know me, I drive a Mitsubishi Eclipse… therefore, packing all my stuff up in my car wasn’t an easy task, especially since I have so much of it. Haha Regardless, we got everything stuffed into my car and surprisingly had enough room to fit us, too. Our trip home was draining, but comforting knowing we were together. After a long nights drive, we  had finally reached the Nati. The one city in Ohio that will always hold special memories.

To explain, the city of Cincinnati will always hold a special place in my heart. I fell in love with the man of my dreams sitting on a rooftop in Cincinnati. Hand in hand, with our legs dangling off the edge, I looked into his eyes and knew at that moment he was the one. The feelings racing through my mind and heart on that rooftop can only be described as true love…and I promise, no skyline will ever compare to the Cincy skyline that night. It was a skyline that painted a picture of love, hope and a future with a man I would dedicate my everything.

Sorry to get off track, I always feel the need to explain why Cincinnati means so much to me. 🙂 I stayed in the city with my boyfriend for a few days before venturing back to my stomping grounds, Lancaster, Ohio. My parents hosted a wonderful graduation party for me that next weekend with great food, loving family and close friends. It meant so much to me that everyone came out to celebrate my accomplishment. The most memorable part of the party was when my parents met Benjamin’s parents for the first time. (We are going on two years of being together, so our parents meeting each other was a really big deal for us.) Overall, the party was wonderful.

That Monday, my mom and I were off to Hawaii. I wrote a more detailed version of our vacation below with pictures to illustrate our good times. The mother-daughter trip was more than I could have asked for. Last summer, my mom and I traveled to Italy together. This year, keeping with the summer travel tradition, we went to Hawaii. What I love most about my travels with my mom is seeing her so happy showing me around and spending that valuable time together. It’s just that quality mother-daughter time that I know she misses with me being away.

The weekend we returned from Hawaii was a bit chaotic with me packing everything back up and saying my goodbyes, but it was a beautiful ending to my time at home. I spent that Saturday afternoon with my boyfriend at Dawes Arboretum walking around, talking and soaking in the calming effects of nature. That evening, we went to Confluence Park with our best friends Kyle and Sarah for an amazing dinner on the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto Rivers. Dinner was followed by the Funny Bone, which you could imagine had us laughing our asses off.

Unfortunately, I had to say goodbye to Ohio yet again because this girl was headed South. Since I have been here in Cola, I have had an amazing time. South Carolina is definitely a new culture shock, but I love the people and most importantly the food. Haha. I have been working at the university, meeting new friends, networking, adventuring and taking time to myself. It’s been great. My boyfriend came down to visit for the week as well as our two best friends. We all took a weekend adventure to Charleston, which was so much fun. We walked all around downtown Charleston, checked out some delicious restaurants, shopped at the market and spent some quality time on the beach. 🙂 I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.

Now, I sit here sipping on a fabulous glass of wine while I  bore you with the details of my summer. For that, I apologize. I am just so unbelievably fortunate for the people in my life that bring me bundles of happiness. And yes, I just said bundles. I love the new people I am meeting (shout out to Lauren Adams, Tim Davis, Ashley Ellis, Joseph Santangelo and Kayla Lisenby). I am so excited for my new roommates to get here (shout out to Supaphen Niroula, Kelsey Jarrett and Chanda Postel). This new beginning is off to a great start and I can’t wait for the months to come.

Ya gotta love summer! 🙂

2 thoughts on “A Summer of Memories

  1. Dava French says:

    Courtney, this is my first time reading a blog! What an excellent introduction to this medium. I can so relate to your travels with your mom, as I know firsthand how special it is to spend time as mother and daughter, although, as you know, our travels were mostly around Ohio at all the festivals all summer long, but of course we have vacationed other places (Myrtle Beach!-our all time favorite getaway). I appreciate the special bond you two share because Molly and I share the same, and I recognize in your pictures together the same looks of love and friendship between the two of you that we have as well. I am so happy for your success and achievements and will “follow” you and your blogs with enthusiasm. Please tell your mother hi for me and maybe one of these days we can get together and catch up. Take care and continued prayers for good things in your life!


    • courtneytipton says:

      Dava, it is so wonderful to hear from you! I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my post. I miss the festival days with you and Molly. Molly seems to be doing wonderful things at Capital. You must be so proud. I am so glad you and Molly are able to relate to my relationship with my mom and me. It’s a true blessing to have that love and friendship between mom and daughter. I hope that you are well. The next time I am in Ohio I will reach out to you or Molly to see if we can arrange a get together. I would love to catch up! Take care of yourself and continued prayers for you as well. God bless.


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