a small break



Hunter’s been attending school for the last 2 years without a summer break.  He’s mentioned he just might loose his mind if he doesn’t get some time off soon.

So for the last two weeks in between summer and fall semesters he’s been taking some short trips to get away and relax before his final year of school.

It’s been neat to see some of the pictures he’s taken and some of the places he’s been.  I love this picture.  It was taken in one of our favorite cities.  My not so favorite picture (because I’m his mama) is of him sitting on the edge of a cliff at the top of a mountain.

puppy love



Snapchat-2721625441A classmate of Hunter’s brought to school 10 day old puppies that she’s caring for because the mom was hit by a car and didn’t make it.  The puppies eyes haven’t even opened yet and they have to be fed every 2 hours so she brings them with her to school.

Hunter spent some time feeding and loving on them and was just completely in love when he told me about them.  I agreed they were adorable but just smiled and said, “We’re not getting a puppy.”

Hunter loves school.  He’s doing so well, and loves opportunities like this.  I can’t wait to see what field of veterinary care he goes into.  I have a feeling it’s not going to be a traditional veterinary clinic.

wordless wednesday



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20!



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Yep, he’s 20.
For his birthday we surprised him with a few days at the beach.
Happy Birthday Hunter!  We’re so proud of the man you’ve become.

a voter



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Hunter voted in his first presidential election today.
He even received cheers and a round of applause for being a first time voter.
(I tell you, this kind of stuff only happens to him.)

college life



10154623558404320Hunter is loving college life and the program that he’s in.  When he’s not at school or work, he’s studying either with his classmates or in his room.  The classes are tough but he totally loves it.  He received a letter of invitation recently to join the Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society with a 4.0 GPA.  (I really think I was more excited for him than he was about the whole thing.)

One of the perks of the program are all of the animals he gets to interact with and love on.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen him happier than when he’s with an animal.  So glad he found his passion so early in life.

sophomore year



IMG_0722Hunter started his sophomore year of school last week.  He’s completed almost all of his general education classes and is now working on getting his Vet Tech degree.  This program was super competitive to get into.  He’s one of 30 people accepted into the program this year and he’s the only guy.  (I don’t think he’s too upset about that!)

I get such a kick out of listening to him talk about his work or course load.  He’s definitely found his calling.

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very funny



Hunter recently showed me some pictures he and his friends took on a hike.
After having a small heart attack, he 
told me there was a ledge
underneath and he wasn’t about to fall to his death.

I feel so much better now.

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hunter on a mission



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Hunter spent last week with a group of folks making major repairs on homes for families in need.  This was his 5th
summer doing this type of mission work, and he’s never been happier or more exhausted.

Every year he has spent it on the roof, either repairing or replacing them.  This year, he said he
wanted to learn a new skill, and spent the week indoors reframing and replacing flooring.

I always love to hear about his week on our drive home, what he learned, the people he met, and the lives he’s touched.
It’s easy to feel like one person couldn’t possibly make a difference, and make this world a better place.
(So glad he doesn’t feel that way.)

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