When did this happen?
When did my son Jake go from this....
(note the height difference in the recent picture! And I was wearing heels!)
It seems like I blinked and now he's graudating from high school.
What'a mom to do??!
Since Jake is the oldest of our 4 kids, this is my first time as a "senior mom". College applications, senior pictures, financial aid forms, senior class trip, last homecoming dance....oh my!
I'm trying to navigate the delicate balance of preparing Jake to "leave the nest", while enjoying every moment of his senior year (and not driving him crazy while I "mark every moment" with a bazillion photographs).
Trust me, it's not easy. At least for me anyway.
This summer I did learn a fun tip from Lisa Bevere. Lisa has her sons give her a kiss whenever they get home at night, especially on the weekends.
We've been giving the nightly "always give your mom a kiss" a try ~ and I love it! :)
Jake knows that no matter what time he gets home, he needs to find me and give me a kiss on the cheek.
I'll be waiting.
One night I was already in bed half asleep, so I couldn't see Jake. I said, "Boy Jake, you smell fruity". He said, "Well I am eating watermelon", as his hands were filled with watermelon chunks. Another time he smelled smoky (and I learned he'd been at a camp fire). It's amazing what the nose knows!
I also enjoy knowing that even if Jake has 3 of his football friends with him (which is often) ~ he needs to come give his mom a smooch.
The nightly kiss (even though he's 6 inches taller than me!) has really worked for me!
How about for you? Do you have any tips for this newbie senior mom?? I'd love to hear from you!
Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*! God's richest blessings to you!
P.S. Thanks Jill Bergeron for you fun senior pictures! Jake loves them ~ especially his hockey poses (with the flames of fire shooting off his stick!)
P.S.S. For more Works for Me Wednesday ideas, head over and visit Kristen atWe Are That Family. :)