Last week was Senior Night for this girl of mine.
And my question is, how did she go from this:
In the very blink of an eye?????
I am getting teary even writing this down.
All of us senior moms were a little melancholy getting set up for that big night….and it was a LOT of work I tell you!
I don’t know whether to thank or be frustrated with whichever mom started this over-the-top Senior Night tradition of tables spilling over with memories and pictures, huge blankets with the player’s face all huge on there (ha!), the crowns, the announcing, the tears, the notes and gifts.
But man, these five seniors were so grateful for every speck of it:
After being in the volleyball program for four years, always putting in so much work to honor the seniors who went before them, it was fun to honor them and all the hard work they have put in as athletes.
Let’s get a closer look at that labor-of-love table just for good measure.
Between JV and varsity games they announced all the seniors individually.
Here’s Claire ready to go:
(and Dave and I apparently very serious about something or other:)
When each player was announced, they walked out with their families under a huge balloon arch, the dads crowned their daughters:
And the announcer told all kinds of things about them as they went around the horseshoe of every girl in the volleyball program to give hugs and tear up.
Love these incredible coaches!
Hallelujah that Claire’s eye was a little better after mysteriously puffing up to epic proportions earlier in the week.
And hallelujah that we swept the other team in three (after two tough losses that week).
Fun to have these supporters in the audience:
And so fun to watch those girls have so much fun out there on the court:
Have I mentioned before how much I love volleyball? Ha!
I know I’m biased, but it is the best sport.
One mom picture before we took everything down, love these ladies:
Back home to unpack all that stuff!
It probably goes without saying that all of this was hard on my mama heart. And on Claire’s too. Neither of us want any of this to end. But man alive, it’s been a good ride!
Love these girls and how they have built and lifted and WORKED hard together this season. It’s been so fun watching them all grow!
On to the play-offs next week!