Senior Year?!?!?

I can’t believe I’m sending another kid off to start his senior year of high school. I have helped raise eight kids and this is kid #7. Sometimes I really think it gets more difficult with each kid. Originally I thought the first couple was the most difficult, but I’m learning I was incorrect.

Wild Child

This is my wild child, my ADHD kid. The kid I didn’t think I could keep alive because he was so adventurous that I thought he would break his neck climbing on things and falling off them before the age of three. At about seven I watching him climb a basketball goal out of the second-story window at our house because I figured if I yelled for him to get down he would fall. At least this way I could tell the doctor what body part hit the ground first–but I didn’t have to do that. He climbed up and down that basketball goal just fine!

Age 7–his first trip to Disney World and constantly losing his backpack and walking off with the wrong family

He was never my cookie-cutter kid. He had his own opinions and his own way of doing things. He struggled with frustration tolerance and managing his emotions. He’s my super-smart kid that was always in trouble in elementary school for his hyperactivity and that poor frustration tolerance.

My adventurous kid who I got to take to Six Flags and ride rollercoasters at age 10! He loved that cape and it’s still a decoration in his room today!

The Growing Years

I’ve had the opportunity to have many adventures with this wild and crazy kid! We got to fly out west to visit his aunt when she had her second baby and see some gorgeous nature! (much different than Indiana where we live)

We have been able to travel on cruises with the family

Unlimited ice cream….need I say more

make several Disney trips

He and my husband found a common bond…CHEWY! (Oh…and matching shirts I made them wear)

and just spend time together having fun

He loves to eat and will eat anything (besides peanut butter and marshmallows)!

He came with me to Disney to see his brother’s marching band performance and we had an amazing time with just the two of us wandering around doing whatever we wanted.

He’s grown from the crazy little brother who was always pestering everyone

to a fantastic uncle

Now he’s a senior in high school!

He has grown and matured and he will officially be an adult in just a few short months. We have done college visits. He has picked a career direction and will be applying to those colleges we visited any day now.

He made the decision in his junior year to finally show what he knows. He struggled academically his freshman and sophomore years of high school because he struggled with attention and focus. He did not do his homework and fell behind in school, earning As, Bs, and Cs.

However, in his junior year, he decided he had enough of that. I decided to take his ADHD medication that was prescribed for him to help him focus his attention. He went from the struggling student to the bright, intelligent student I knew he always was. He ended his junior year with a 4.0 GPA while taking both high school and college-level classes. He finally decided he needed to do what was best for him, even though he was scared it would not be easy because of the possible side-effects of the medication.

And POOF!

He’s gone from this cute little kid

Go ASTROS!! (We live in Indiana….this was the closest place to see them play)

to a grown-up young man

Teen boy at Niagara Falls Canada

He has so much potential and I have all the faith in the world he will continue to grow and reach his full potential. I can’t wait to see what adventures this year brings and where he will end up next year! I plan to cherish every day I have left with him at home over this next year.


I’m sending two kids off to high school (this senior and his sophomore brother) tomorrow. In two weeks one older sister begins graduate school here in town and in three weeks his other older sister begins her sophomore year of college three hours from home (Indianapolis). I’m not sure where the time has gone.

Family with Pluto at Disney World
2009

versus

2019

1 thought on “Senior Year?!?!?”

  1. Love the way you show growth and change here with images and through your words! Change is never easy but I think it is always good. It is funny no matter how many times you do a thing, it still stays hard.

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