Y'all, it's that time of year again.
So, I know I talk a lot about how much I love love. This is kinda my mission statement: Love is the best. Let's document love.
So how do seniors fit into this? What is so important about documenting seniors?
WELL. Let me tell you.
Rewind 7 years ago, before Abilene, before seminary, before Hardin-Simmons, before Ryan...back when I had mad metabolism, always smelled faintly of chlorine, drank creamer in my coffee and thought everything was Narnian.
These were the days of happy happy possibility. The days filled with dreaming up maybes, imagining tomorrows, and getting ready to go after the "what I wanna do when I grow up" things. These are days filled with love, days filled with pinpointing just what it really is that you love.
When I started my senior year, I was planning to enlist in the Coast Guard right after graduation. While this may or may not have been partially inspired by Ashton Kutcher, and while this dream may or may not have come to a crashing halt when I discovered there was more to coast guarding than saving drowning victims and strong swimming (sharks and drug cartels? nooooo thankssss.), I spent these days playing around with all the possibilities, and discovering who I was and what direction I was going in life and what I wanted and what I truly loved. I was going to be the next Freedom Writers English teacher. Or the next Beth Moore. Or James Dobson. Oh and I was gonna be just like my mom and follow my dreams for a season and then be the very best stay-at-home mom the world had ever seen and raise up a small army of loving, world-changing babes. Everything was clear and fuzzy and exciting and scary and new and adventurous and everything was possible and I was going to do it all and leave a big 'ole mark on the world.
What a beautiful, hopeful, wonderful season it is. This is a love worth celebrating--this is a love worth documenting. It's the end of childhood; the summation of an era. It's an honor and a privilege to get to capture the essence of the spirit and dreams of seniors. I can't wait to see how they change the world.
I believe in you, Class of 2017! xoxo
scroll through some of my favorite shots of this gorgeous little world-changer!...and please don't compare levels of cool, kay? Seniors in 2010 weren't quite what they are now, so quit yo judgin'.