Appalachia Chatter and Chitter

Graduation 2014

Chatter and Chitter - Kindergarten

Chatter and Chitter – Kindergarten

We chose not to send the girls to pre-k. I was a stay at home Mom back in those days, and keeping them home one more year just seemed to make more sense for our family. Maybe even then The Deer Hunter and I knew how fast their school years would fly by-and fly by they have.

The last few months have left us scratching our heads, wondering when the 2 young women who live with us moved in and what they did with the rowdy boisterous chubby cheeked little girls we used to share a house with.

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Chatter and Chitter – Senior year

Later today, Chatter and Chitter will walk across the stage and become high school graduates.

The girls have cause for great celebration. Each will accept their diploma with the distinction of being a North Carolina Scholar; both girls were awarded a merit based academic scholarship; and both competed for and were awarded an impressive music scholarship.

The Deer Hunter and I have cause for great celebration as well. We are certainly proud of the girls’ academic accomplishments-but mostly we are proud of who they have grown to be.



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    Peggy Lambert
    June 22, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I am late as usual. Congratulations to Chitter and Chatter and to your parents for being such wonderful parents. May God bless you in all the things you in counter along life’s way. Love in Christ, Peggy L.

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    June 14, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Congratulations to your beautiful girls. Thank you, Tipper, for sharing your lives with us… Such a testimony of faith and love. Hope you will keep us posted on all the blessings of their journey to come!

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    Annette Casada Hensley
    June 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Congratulations to the entire family on the graduation, academic achievement, and scholarships. I’ll be very interested to hear of their plans for college. I want to thank you for letting us readers share in the growth of these girls. I know that I and your other readers feel like we’re part of the family. Here’s wishing much success and happiness for these two young ladies as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    June 14, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I congratulate Chatter and Chitter on their achievements and graduation from high school. As one who worked with high school students most of my career as a teacher, I know something of the effort and determination it takes to achieve as they have. I wish them the very best as they continue in college and gain more training and maturity for their careers. Job well, well done, Chatter and Chitter!

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    Ron Banks
    June 14, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Congratulations Pressley girls!

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    June 14, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Tipper you and deer Hunter has done a wonderul job reared two beautiful young Ladies. We to along with you are so proud and what is to be with such talent Our prayers are with their protection and also you Tipper and Deer Hunter when the empty nest syndrome starts.

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    June 14, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Jim- Their kindergarten photos reveals one of our mountain traits-being wary of strangers-even if they are there to take your class photos : ) Coincidentally I have the exact same expression in my first school photo!
    Thank you for the well wishes!!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    janet pressley
    June 14, 2014 at 2:35 am

    I miss those little ones, but I really have to appreciate all they have learned and grown into because of you! I am thankful for the time I got to spend with them growing up. They mean so much to me! Beautiful and talented girls!

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    Garland Davis
    June 13, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Congratulations to the girls on their achievement. And Bravo Zulu (The BZ flags were flown from the flag ship to denote a job well done by a subordinate) to Mom and Dad.

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    June 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Too many people today concentrate on raising children. From what I’ve seen, heard and read about these two you and the deer hunter allowed them to be children at times but concentrated on raising adults. Congratulations to the whole family.

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    Pamela Danner
    June 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Congratulations to your two beautiful daughters! My granddaughter graduated last year, so unbelievable.

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    June 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Congratulations to all of you, for what you have accomplished as a famly, and as individuals!Thank you, Tipper, for sharing with us all- and thanks to Chitter and Chatter for allowing you to, for many young people today would not. I know God will continue to bless you.

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    Glynda Chambers
    June 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Congrats Tipper on your two beautiful daughters graduation. I know for sure too just how time does fly by. I have a beautiful granddaughter that graduates tonight that I have been very close too for the past 18 years. It’s a little sad but also I’m very happy for the exciting times ahead for them.

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    Julie Hughes
    June 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Y’all have a lot to be proud of. Good luck,congratulations, and Godspeed to them as they head out to paths unknown!! The future is bright for them.

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    June 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Richard-yes they will go to the same college : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    June 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    A G Silver-they never take them off : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Pat Shumway
    June 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Congratulations on the graduations and the scholarships! Selfishly, I’m happy you picked a college close to home because I sure would have missed you both!

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    Susie Swanson
    June 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    A great future is ahead for your girls Tipper. We miss them but they’ll always remember home. It brings tears to my eyes still today but they’ll always come back to the nest, if it’s just fer a spell. Congrats to your girls and ya’ll. I know you’re so proud of them with good reasons.

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    June 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Congratulations to the Pressley Girls on their impressive achievements! I know that the future holds only good things for both of them. Can’t wait to see what this next step in their lives entails. Also, kudos to you Tipper and the Deer Hunter for a super parenting job well done. We are so proud and happy for all of you!

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    Mrs. K
    June 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Congratulations and many blessings to all of you! Great job, girls.

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    Dale Anderson
    June 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Congratulations and a hearty thank you for letting us be a part of your family. Please keep us up to date on he girls progress and future.

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    A G Silver
    June 13, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Please ask those beautiful young ladies to wear their little 25¢ jewelry so good luck to follow them as they tread life’s pathways.

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    Ferne K
    June 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

    What a wonderful, exciting day for all of your family, Tipper! What special recognition for the job that the girls did. Enjoy the day as you recognize Chitter and Chatter’s achievements, and most of all Congratulations!

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    Ken Ryan
    June 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Congratulations, girls! What full, wholesome, and interesting lives the whole family has already had. The future lies before you, and I know it will be just as full and exciting.

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    Bob Aufdemberge
    June 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Yes, congratulations to all of you. I know well how the time when they were little to the time they are grown flies by as if an instant.

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    Jan C.
    June 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Congratulations to you all!

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    Sue Crane
    June 13, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Congratulations to all. This next step is a big one but they will do just as good a job.

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    Jim Casada
    June 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Tipper-Along with the heartiest of congratulations to both of them, several thoughts come to mind.
    1.They were mighty solemn for the kindergarten pictures. Did someone take lollipops away or were there vaccinations in the immediate offing.
    2. By way of most welcome contrast, those smiles in their graduation regalia brighten my day and lighten my way.
    3. Please convey to both of the the fact that this once-time scholar takes no small amount of vicarious pride in their academic accomplishments. I know a lot of hard work, long hours, frustration, and probably a few tears lie behind their achievements.
    4. Give the Deer Hunter a pat of the back for having weathered, in fine fashion, dealing with three women in the house when there were moments of tension.
    5. Most all all, congratulations to you and the Deer Hunter for a job well done. You’ve laid the groundwork, trued the course, and provided the underpinnings. Much of what lies ahead rests squarely with Chitter and Chatter. I have every confidence it will be a future of continued intellectual and personal growth.
    Jim Casada

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    Rooney Floyd
    June 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Congratulations to all the family! I am blessed to know the girls and have them in class at JCCFS.

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    Richard Beauchamp
    June 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Congratulations Chitter and Chatter !! I can not believe how fast they have grown to beautiful young Women. Although I have never met them they and you feel like family. Will they go to the same college??
    You and the deer hunter have done a great job with them and taught them some solid values. It is going to be hard to see them leave home unless they can live at home and drive to college from there.

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    Bill Burnett
    June 13, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Congratulations to Chitter * Chatter and kudos to you, The Deer Hunter and the rest of their extended families for doing a fantastic job raising two wonderful ladies. My oldest grandson will be graduated tomorrow from Swain County High School. He too is a joy to his family and the thought that he will be moving on to a completely different world is exciting and frightening at the same time. I know that today’s world is very different from the one I faced in 1967 when I was graduated, I pray that he retains the values he has now while he enters adulthood and I have stressed that we will still be here to try to face questions he may have. What amazes me is how fast Papaw’s little helper who was always eager to help with any job I was doing has turned into the fine young man he has become.

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    Joyce Heishman
    June 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Before your job was hands on. Now they will be out of your nest and flying on their own. I am sure you have prayed for them before now, but now prayer will be your major job. I suspect God is saying to you, “Job well done, keep in contact, and trust Me”.

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    Ken Roper
    June 13, 2014 at 9:44 am

    It’s Ok if you and the Deer Hunter just
    happen to tear up a little. This is big!
    Congradulations Chitter and Chatter. We
    love you and are proud of all those
    amazing accomplishments. For me, this
    Graduation is more meaningful than
    graduating from a college. I gotta find
    a frame to put this Card in. Thanks…

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    June 13, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Congratulations to all of you. Events like this can’t help but be met with mixed emotions – and for that you have lots of empathy from your readership/friends.
    Especially, congratulations to your whole extended family. Together you have given your girls a Firm Foundation based on Faith and Family, the basis of two wonderful stories which are only just beginning.

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    C. Ron Perry, Sr.
    June 13, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Congradulations to both Chitter and Chatter and to you and their extended family for getting them through all of the “rough” spots. They are beautiful young women and I wouldn’t be surprised that before too long, both will be married and will be making you grand parents. Then you can really spoil the babies and send them home for their parents to deal with.

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    Charles Fletcher
    June 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I have never met these two young ladiesBut seem to know them thru their mom and Others in their family. Not only are you and
    Your family proud of their achievements allOf us here at the Blind Pig are really proud
    Of you. Congratulations Chatter and Chitter
    Charles Fletcher

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    Susan C
    June 13, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Congratulations to Chatter and Chitter. They’re amazing! I know wonderful times are in store for them, and I can’t wait to hear all about them. And congratulations to you, their parents, for the incredible job of raising such quality young ladies. The future is bright with promise.

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    June 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Seeing that we have become cyber friends, may I say I have enjoyed these girls so much and their music. Prizes they are. May our heavenly bless them in all their comings and goings and keep them. AND keep their mommy and daddy. Amen

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    June 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Congratulation Chitter, Chatter, Mom and Dad! You have every reason to be proud of your talented, smart and gorgeous daughters.

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    Kerry in GA
    June 13, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Congrats! It really is unreal how quickly they grow up. The days are long but the years are short.

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    June 13, 2014 at 8:38 am

    My God bless their futures and the great young women they have become and will be. It is amazing how our precious children are really on loan to us for a little while and then, poof, off to a life of independence and new roads. They will always be your precious girls, and as grown ups they will continue to give you love, respect, and care. A changed life is ahead for your family. Congratulations to Chitter and Chatter!

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    Miss Cindy
    June 13, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Tipper, you sure know how to bring tears to a grandmothers eyes. This is a momentous occasion. I’ll be there and thanks to this post I’ll remember to bring tissue.
    You and the Deer Hunter have done a fantastic job raising these girls and teaching them good solid values.
    Congratulations to the girls and to you two wonderful parents!

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    Mike McLain
    June 13, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Congratulations to Chitter and Chatter! Now the next adventure begins.

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    June 13, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Congratulations to both girls….and congratulations to both parents for the great accomplishment of raising two awesome girls..

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    June 13, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Wonderful things ahead for two beautiful girls. You have done well, and they will face the future with the most important asset you can give them–a good raisin’.

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    Jackie jentzsch
    June 13, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Love these girls. I can’t believe they are graduating already. Really proud of them !!!!!

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    June 13, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Wow. Just wow.

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    Mary Rutherford
    June 13, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Such a milestone for the whole family! When you fill your life with love and work and play it does go by fast but the memories are left to be savored slowly. Enjoy this special time together and congratulations to your beautiful and talent daughters. They will make such a positive difference in the world.

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    June 13, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Congratulations to Chatter and Chitter – two talented and hard-working young women! The world is waiting for you 🙂
    And a big hug to Tipper and the Deer Hunter, who raised then so well. Your hearts must be so very full.

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    Darlene Debty Kimsey
    June 13, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Congratulations to all 4 of you!

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    June 13, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Just want to say “Congratulations” to two fine Young Ladies and also to two fine parents, we’ve all watched the girls grow up since you’ve been sharing with us and it does go by fast.. I fill what ever they set out to be in life you all can be proud..

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    June 13, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Congratulations to Chitter and Chatter and to both of you as parents who raised two wonderful girls to adulthood. they were beautiful when they started and even more beautiful when they walk that stage..

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    Kimberly Burnette
    June 13, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Congrats to Chitter and Chatter! Two wonderfully talented ladies with a fabulous future ahead of them!

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    Garry Ballard
    June 13, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Well congratulation to you and the girls! Wonderful achievement!

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