Kate is leaving in a month to go to BYU. She is going to be amazing and do amazing things and experience amazing things. And I could not be happier for her. She has worked hard and earned this moment. Even though she already knew she got in to BYU, we still gave her a surprise party. Cuz we're fun like that. Jeff's cousin is an amazing baker and he sent us these cookies to help with the surprise.
I have been trying to soak up every moment with her. I have always been like that as a mom, all too aware how quickly it goes. I love being a mom, I love being her mom and I am so thankful for every day I have had with her. I would honestly shave my head, or eat cooked liver, or do a polar dip, just to be able to go back and spend one more day with her as a little girl. (Those were the worst things I could imagine). But what a blessing to know her as an adult and get to experience that as well.
She is an amazing sister, unifying everyone and connecting us with her unique gift of get-along-with-everbody-ness.
And oh the joy of watching her and Julia be best friends since birth. What a gift to both of them and to me. They have had a friend everywhere they have ever moved.
I know I am not the first or the last parent to ever send a child out in to the world. But its a first for me. Check back soon for more blubbering as we all adjust to our new normal. Only 5 kids at home. What will I do with all my time')