As we made the trip to Utah to tuck Claire into her new experience in the dorms for summer school, I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful the sky was outside my window, and of course made an analogy to life in it:
The sun setting on her experience at home in the lower part of the sky, and the “sky’s the limit” in the upper half…adventure awaiting.
And then after my little analogy I couldn’t stop taking pictures because that sky and earth joining up took my breath away.
We walked through the airport, her with her funny pink cowboy hat she and her siblings have worn to so many “spirit days” at school and that her friend handed to her at the airport and she had nothing better to do with than either throw in the trash can or prop it on her head, (she chose the latter), and marched out to greet that “new world.”
(It’s been interesting to watch the progression the last month or so from being in complete denial about high school ending to being ready to embrace all this change.)
But first, it was Father’s Day so we got to keep her one extra day:
(more about that back HERE)
Then the big “move-in” with lots of helpers and extra friends we met along the way (there are so many kids up there!).
We took a couple of them to lunch…her cousin (on the right below) and her volleyball club teammate from a couple years ago (on the left) who will be playing on the BYU volleyball team:
I didn’t get any “first day of school” pictures of that girl, just this one where she was in the midst of trying to figure out where all her classes were with us the day before:
She ended up switching all but one of them and learned so much in the process.
It was a whirlwind I tell you. Amidst all that organization of classes and trying to figure out the BYU campus (where she is doing summer school), she was also being introduced to the UVU campus where she’ll be playing volleyball.
The assistant coach took us on a tour and showed us all the places and people she’d need as she embarks on that new endeavor.
She was excited (and nervous) to meet all these teammates when practice started yesterday:
But that girl knows how to get things done and after all the stress (and a little bit of panic figuring out those classes), she found the right ones, she started practice, we finished getting her dorm room all set up (or at least live-able for now), and she has entrenched herself with all kinds of new friends.
So much so that we haven’t been able to hardly talk to her since.
Thank Heaven’s it was Grace’s birthday on Sunday and we got her (along with everyone else aside from Elle and Carson) to catch up on how in the world it was all going.
She’s surviving (and thriving) just fine.
More to come as volleyball gets heating up, but for now it feels so good as her mama to have her settling in so happy.