I’m writing a monthly column in Parenting Teens for 2014. It’s a walk through the senior year and the months that follow. They asked me to write it as if it is happening in the present tense – our oldest child Brandon graduated last year, in 2013, but other than that, it’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it! At first, I thought it might be hard to write the months that came after graduation; it has turned out that those are my faves! I joked with Brandon this fall after he started college that I was thankful he was giving me so much material. So you have that to look forward to:) Anyway, this is a scan of January’s column. It’s the first of 12, and I will post them here each month. I will tell you that this transition of life has been the hardest parenting challenge to date – partly because of the circumstances of his first semester at A&M and partly because it’s just hard for all of us. God is so faithful, though, and sometimes the hardest things turn out to be the best things. I hope that through my experiences you can laugh and be encouraged at the same time.