How on earth did I become a mother of a 17 year old?
It’s crippling me to think that this guy is just a year or two away from leaving me.
I know, he’s not leaving me – he’s going to move out, go to school – become his own person –
All I ever wanted to be when I grew up was a mom.
No big dreams. No big aspirations. No huge goals.
I wanted to raise babies. And I have. And it is a glorious life’s work if you ask me.
I can’t imagine pouring myself into anything more important than the 4 little people who live under this roof. To arm them. To challenge them. To teach them. To encourage them. To equip them. And of course, to love them.
I take my mommy-job seriously and always have.
They are growing like weeds and it is devastating to think that in a few years they will all be moving out and doing all sorts of independent, wonderful things.
What am I going to do when all my children leave?
Uuuuuh – cry.
Anyhow – it’s My oldest child’s Birthday and we are celebrating him today!!!
He is the first born so of course he’s
He also has a quick wit and the perfect commentary for general life. He makes me laugh all the time.
Oh – if I can just take a second and boast on this amazing boy – he is the poster child for homeschooling.
- The dude has wanted to be a dentist since he was 12 years old.
- He finished high school in less than 2 years (when 13 & 14 years old).
- He began earning college credit at age 15.
- He started taking classes at our local State University (University of Louisville) this January (16 years old). He just finished his first semester & did fantastic in all his classes.
- When he started at U of L he had 60 hours of credits completed – In order to get into his preferred Dental School he has to receive his last 60 hours (all the upper level science classes & labs) from a 4 year university.
- With his first semester at the university under his belt he has 72 credit hours (I think) and 3 more semesters to go!
- He is on track to be graduating from college with a BS in Biology around the time his peers (the same age) are graduating from high school.
Will my little guy be a dentist someday? I certainly think he can do it. I want my kids to dream HUGE and go after it. I want them to live for others and to the glory of God. I want them to soar, make an impact and love like crazy.
They may be growing up and leaving – but I am a proud mama!
This guy makes me laugh, brings tears to my eyes, is the giver of the best hugs, baker of the best cookies and has my heart.
I love you, Buddy!
Happy 17th Birthday!