About 17 years ago, Katie and I nervously brought our oldest child, Chloe, to Nursery at church for the first time.
Would she be OK? Would she like it? What if she's scared?
As we approached the open door, Chloe saw the teachers and other toddlers. She looked up at us, said "Bye!" and was off—never looking back.
And that is how it as been ever since.
In my last post, I shared the first-day-of-school photos of Liam and Tomas. This year, I didn't see Chloe on her first day of school because she is now in college. Chloe going to BYU has consumed a lot of our thoughts, energy, time and money this past summer.
But true to Chloe fashion, she really has done most of everything completely on her own without much help from us.
After thirty-some-odd interviews, Chloe got a fantastic job on campus that works perfectly with her schedule and it only a few minutes from her dorm. According to Chloe, the job is totally worth all the rejections. She's a secretary for the Department of Technology. I'm glad she enjoys the job, but as her father, I was a bit concerned when she mentioned one of the perks of the job being that most of the students in the Department of Technology are boys.
Here's a photo of Chloe heading to her first day of work. I used my cell phone, so the quality isn't great. And, for some strange and very unusual reason, Chloe didn't want her photo taken.
When the time came for Chloe to move into the dorms, she completely cleared out her bedroom. All that remained were some nails in the walls and a few little scraps. It reminded me of what the Whoville resident's homes looked like after the Grinch had visited. Chloe would have been totally content to move completely by herself, but she did let Katie help out by driving a couple van loads to the dorms. I didn't witness it personally, but I heard that one load was stuffed with clothes.
Chloe is living in the same dorm complex where Katie and I lived. They will be torn down in the next year or so to make way for new dorms, but Chloe seems to like their quirkiness and that they are old (or "retro" as she refers to them). She laughs at the fact things break often and that it takes incredible skill to get the shower temperature right.
Here are some photos I stole off Chloe's blog. She's blogging about her freshman experience. Check it out here. It's pretty entertaining, but I suggest you do it quick. She tends to go through blogs like she does clothes.
|The pile of clothes you see there would have been the total amount I brought to college. Believe me, that's just the beginning for Chloe.|
|Here she is in the kitchen. I remember when I lived there many, many years ago the cabinetry was brand new.|
I knew Chloe was prepared academically for college and that she would have no problem making friends, but I was a bit concerned with how she would be with her money and budgeting. However, we have been pleasantly surprised. She's got her budget all planned out in an Excel file and is being very responsible and careful with her money.
Even though we miss her at home (things are amazingly quiet), we are so happy she is doing well and enjoying college so far. We love and are extremely proud of her.