Isaac was home sick one day last week and I subtly persuaded him to clean out his closet. I couldn't believe how much he outgrew just from one year. I think we cleared out at least 1/2 of the clothes. (Got a little head start on my Lenten purge!)
We also worked on something I am SO excited about. When Isaac was just in grade school I started saving a few special t-shirts here and there-from sports, races, schools, dances, special events. My friend Jane makes these awesome t-shirt quilts which are perfect for sentimental gifts-particularly graduation. I was going to make it a surprise and pick out the t-shirts on my own, and them realized I had NO idea which ones would have the most meaning. I ended up telling him about it, and he easily picked out the dozen that meant that most to him. When he had all 12 of them laid out on the bed, I teared up. This is becoming one of those teary years I think. I packed them up and shipped them off.
Jane will work her magic and I can't wait to see the finished product.
Here is an example of one of her finished quilts.
This senior year is just flying by. He was gone all last week on his Senior Kairos retreat...of course, it felt weird without him and I think we are all going to have to do a lot of adjusting one day soon-but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it, right? Patrick missed him especially.
Coming up his high school does a neat 3 week "senior project" where they choose 2 or 3 professionals to shadow out in the work place to get a real feel of what might interest them, so he is lining that up now. We have narrowed down the college choices to two and are glad for a few more months to make that final decision. We are planning a low-key, very small graduation party-his graduation is the day before his 18th birthday. And of course, he has to find some full time summer employment before all the college kids come home for spring break and take all the "good" jobs. I think it's going to be a busy spring for all of us, but I don't want to rush these days one bit.