well this is just absolutely crazy…
i call emi the baby of the family. she’s technically not the youngest, but she’s the baby. the youngest of my first three, all born within three & a half years of each other. all three their daddy gregg’s legacy. and she is him. completely.
never meets a stranger
and heading to college.
what on earth. you guys. i swear i feel like she should be 7 somedays. and then tonight at the dinner table i looked at her and thought, my goodness, she’s a college student. heading to one of the most competitive schools in america. university of georgia has just scored what will be on of the most school spirited co-eds they’ve ever seen. no doubt. she’s been counting down days until opening game day for weeks & weeks & weeks.
i’m so excited for her. this has been her DREAM for years. her dream. heading to UGA to study education. she’s wanted to be school teacher since before she could even clearly say the word. toting her baby dolls and all her “things” around as a toddler. she’s always had a sweet spirit for children. she spent three weeks in peru at age 15 ( broke her leg on the third day but hung in there) solidifying the fact that she wants to love on, bless & teach children. she’s nannied her sweet addie for over a year and has said over & over again how much she’s going to miss her.
my emi loves big. she loves big. she laughs every day. she really is a joy. yes, some times she makes me absolutely crazy. ( remember i said she’s stubborn). but this baby of the family is heading into the most amazing time of her life!
and that’s what i’m going to tell myself next week on move in day.
this the time of her life.
last time on move in day i thought i wasn’t going to make it. like for a long time i cried every time i walked by my girl’s room. cried every time she’d come home….only to leave again. i clearly failed “head ’em up & move ’em out 101”. clearly. ( truth be told, a lot of grieving from my past came out during that phase. but still)
so basically i’ve tried to live in denial mode about this one because i’ve done it before & it was tough. ( note to self. when you birth babies all close together, you move those babies out of the house. all close together. and it’s tough on a mama’s heart). i’m going to dip deep & smile and encourage her & tell her over and over again how very very proud her daddy & i are of her. my heart is going to break a little bit…the transition & change always takes away just a little bit…but this is a good thing. it is. i can honestly hardly wait to hear about sorority rush & what she thinks about her schedule. if she’s met a cute ( smart) boy and what she’s gonna wear to the first game. i can hardly wait to see her ( hopefully) on bid day and i can hardly wait to watch her soar.
yesterday we launched the new fall noonday collection line and it’s full of so many beautiful pieces. emily is wearing my favorite bracelet, the arabian sea bracelet…i think you’ll love it. so…i’ll be back in few days…if you think of it, pray for me tuesday…i’ll be the teary mama trying to dig deep and be all happy….because….its the most amazing time of her life!!
spread your wings baby girl…you got this! and mama can’t wait to see you SOAR!