My first time to be a “senior” mom.

It’s happening. I titled this year “The Beginning of the End.” It is the beginning of the end of the family years. Those times when our house is filled with children is coming to a long drawn out end. There are nine years separating my oldest and my youngest so I get to be sappy and nostalgic about their childhoods for a long time still.  My dear friend and homeschool mentor, Karen, told me that they would leave me as quickly as they came to me. I remember being pregnant forever when I was first married. I spent most of my early 20’s pregnant and nursing. Now I’ll spend my 40’s saying goodbye little butterflies…insert sappy tears. If Karen is right, Karen is always right, these next 9 years are going to blow past at warp speed.

I’m going to write several posts, not unlike baby book entries of firsts. (Much like baby books, I’m sure this is going to be much more elaborate for Madelyn than for Audrey) Except these are for lasts…perhaps there will be some firsts. There will be the first time she makes a decision on which college to go to. The first time she loads her car up. The first time she is gone for one of her sister’s birthdays. (uggg real tears now.)

So…my first, last.

This was our last time to school shop. We shopped for pens and notebook paper. She’s super picky about her binders. We bought erasers and shoes and socks…next year we’ll buy these things but we’ll also buy sheets and laundry detergent, a mini fridge and a meal plan.

Have an awesome senior year, my love. You are a joy.

Could she even be cuter?
Could she even be cuter?


  • Hannah

    August 17, 2016 at 4:57 pm Reply

    Carrie you’ve been leaving me with this big lump in my throat lately with your posts. Like a big sob needs to come out but I hold it back, cause I know you’re right, you’re me in 10 years. There’s certain things I would have liked to have understood before having kids – like for example- really it’s ok she cries so much, doesn’t sleep out of your arms and it’s perfectly acceptable that you are that tired. I try to take things like this that I read in, it’s like my hindsight / foresight 🙂

    • Carrie Catlin

      August 18, 2016 at 10:49 am Reply

      You are so precious. You are SUCH a good mommy. I love the stage you’re in right now. It’s the one I wish I could have prolonged. I know this time is beautiful too and I have to quit looking backward. I have to look at now. I have to enjoy this moment and quit longing for the past. 10 years goes so quickly, I can’t even stand it.

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