Good-Bye Mom, Hello College


Right after he got in in December is when
it became reality that he would be going and going far away. We all love our kids and it’s time to just
let them start their new chapter. I know that you need to let go. You got to cut the cord sometime, so we’re
just going to let her go, bird’s got to fly. It’s like I can still remember changing
his diapers. I never thought this day would come, but it’s
here, and my heart is just full of joy. Being a single mom, to raise seven children—-she’s
the last one and she’s the first one to go to college. So it’s really overwhelming. It’s awesome. Just a lot of hard work, a lot of reading
to them at night, making sure they had everything they needed in place to be successful. I’m just glad that what we instilled in
her—-the hard work, studying, and persevering and doing what’s right got her here, and
she’s here. I’m very happy for her. I think it’s going to be a little difficult
not having my parents around, but I think I’ll be able to get used to it. I want Nate to have a wonderful experience
here, I want him to to try as many things as he possibly can. I want him to embrace all the opportunities
that are in front of him. Just be happy, do what you want, and if you
change paths, it’s okay, but we’re just here to support her. I want him to make lifetime friends, and just
experience things and see things and, yeah, just study! Study hard. I’m just so proud. Just proud. I’m going to miss her terrible. These are just tears of joy; I’m very happy
for her. I was always thinking back, thinking, “did
I appreciate the last 18 years enough?” And I think I did. This is just a new chapter we’ll enjoy. It doesn’t erase the last 18 years, I loved
it, so—I can’t wait. I can’t wait to get started.

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