The Senior Year Continues | East Texas Moms Blog

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As the mother of a senior, I decided to write about our experience this year. I first wrote in August about how it all began. And now, there’s more.

Last month my son applied to six colleges. He was so motivated and worked hard to get in all the things they needed from him. Three of these colleges are really far away, and I am secretly hoping his applications got lost in the mail. Then he had an interview with one of those far away colleges, though, so I don’t think the applications got lost. 

This month he had his last marching band content and last football game. I walked out on the field with him for senior night and watched him be honored for the hard work and dedication he’s given to the high school band. My heart swelled quite a bit, because I love him and think he’s amazing. 

The other day, he asked me to ride with him somewhere. We talked about so many things and the conversation left my heart full of emotion. One of them was how scary it is to think about going off to college, and how he dreads the thought of making friends.  Things are starting to feel real and the transitions he’s facing are things we are all trying to process. 

I’m thankful for each special conversation with him.

Our one-on-one time is my absolute favorite. Over Thanksgiving we spent two days camping and had some great time together. I thought about how next year he will be visiting home during the Thanksgiving break and how different that will be.

Now we’re waiting to hear back from colleges. He’s knee-deep in theater and band events and rigorous coursework. He’s got senior-itis in a bad way already.

I asked him what he wanted for Christmas and he said he wanted motivation. 

We had so much fun taking some senior photos this month. When I got them back, I flipped through and saw this man in the photos. He didn’t look much like the boy I expected to see. He looks like, well, a high school senior. A young man about ready to go out into the world and do all the great things. 

So I’d say we’re transitioning as best we can.

We’re having hard conversations and thinking about things that feel scary. We’re celebrating the lasts and the bests and all the grandness of being a senior. And in a few weeks, we will be halfway through the senior year. 

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When Katy was 20, she married an Aggie that grew up in the Amazon jungle. She and her husband are full-time missionaries and lived for two years on a small island with their then-toddlers. Now she is a SAHM of three living in Lindale. Her husband travels internationally a good bit and she spends most her time being taxi to their 15, 13 and 10 year olds to their bazillion activities. She started a blog, Pieces of the Story, to tell about some of their adventures. Her favorites: Jesus. Cooking food her family loves. Mother-daughter shopping in either role. Organizing and logistics. Mexican food on rainy days. Not great with: Crowds and motion in tight spaces. Board games. Pretending of any sort. Ironing or sewing. Living things other than people. Check out Katy's blog here at https://katypayne.wordpress.com

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  1. Love this and you! I remember all of these thoughts like they were yesterday. Jonas’ senior year was perhaps the most raw I’ve ever been emotionally. He made a decision about where to attend college in early January and things began to settle some. Christmas was perhaps the “peak” of the emotional senior year journey for us. Praying for you and for Sam! I had to keep reminding myself that God created Jonas and loves him even more than I do (I have to believe that one in my head because my heart can’t fathom it!!) and He’s got this! And God knew exactly where Jonas needed to be. Same for Sam! God’s got this! Some bonus great news……the new and different journey of parenting an adult child is AMAZING! You’re going to love it so much!!!

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