Growing up I had stars in my eyes about motherhood. I imagined lots of things like holding a baby on my hip, the kinds of car seats we would have, and having my children follow me around in a little line like baby ducklings. Those things made me excited.

I had no idea the real realm of how great motherhood would be though until it all actually happened. I mean, I didn’t comprehend enough to even imagine how it would feel to have someone tell you they adore your daughter, and that her mannerisms are just like yours. I didn’t know how good it would feel to watch my children dote on each other, or how fun it would be to when they got old enough that we could share inside jokes.

And I certainly never anticipated the exhilaration of getting your son into EFY (Especially For Youth–a program up at BYU…click here for more info.) after worrying for a month and getting the procedure wrong the first time, blah blah blah. It had to be the right dates in the right color group, etc. for it to work out.

But I’m just here to say he’s in!

And I’m so excited I was shaking about it for like an hour after I got him in.

I know, I’m totally nerdy, but man alive, this will be so good for him, and it makes me so happy!


  1. Hilarious EFY comment. I did the same thing. It was way confusing. Seriously.
    And I had the same feeling when Ben got in. There is nothing better at building teen testimonies than EFY.
    Glad you navigated the system successfully.

  2. Max will love EFY! Our third child gets to go this summer after hearing about how cool it is from his older brother and sister! I understand why you are so happy as EFY is such a testimony strengthener. Way to go!

  3. Way to go, "mom" Shawni! You have officially increased your mom POWER! I can only imagine how it will be when it's time to apply for college… I hope Max has an awesome time!

  4. Funny! I was sitting on that website for quite some time today too. Luckily there are a ton of spots available for Southern Virginia. I never went to EFY growing up and I'm so excited that my child gets to go.

  5. I got my oldest into EFY this summer as well. I think I am way more excited about it than her! I was a nervous jitterbug about it until I finished signing her up. Then I could breathe.

    I know how much she'll enjoy it (as will Max!) and I feel good giving her the opportunity to be in such a wonderful place and experience such good things. She attended Education Week last year (the youth program is awesome) and had a fantastic time. I'm hoping EFY can be just as good, if not better.

  6. Ha! Did the same thing this morning and went to lunch with Newel to celebrate getting what looked like the last spot after hours of waiting and a system failure. She just stepped in the door from school and her excitement was worth the trouble. I just wish I could go too!

  7. EFY registration is the worst!! so stressful but it all pays off! i loved EFY so much. i'm sad i'm too old to go anymore but i'm hoping to be a counselor in the future 🙂 your son will have the best time EVER! he might even be in the same session as my little brother!

  8. I totally know how you feel. We are sending our two oldest boys this year for the first time. I missed the pre-registration period so I had to wait until yesterday. The wait time was sooo long that I was afraid that I wouldn't get them in, but I did! Yea! It is going to be such a fantastic experience for all of these kids. I can't wait to hear what they have to say when they get back. 🙂

  9. So funny…and so true! I just did the same with three kids and add to that a golf camp….oh wow did I ever feel like I had conquered the world that day! hehe My husband thought I was nuts becuase I couldn't stop talking about my accomplishment all day! Horray for you!

  10. It's like spiritual vaccination for your teen ager-I am thrilled to pay that $480 and I HATE paying for stuff. Now if we can just see Maddie accepted at BYU I will be a happy clam. (Yes, we are waiting on news about college-totally tripping!!!!)

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