Notre Dame Cookies...and our little birdie has flown the coop ♥


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They say that when you have a child, it's like your heart is walking around outside of your body. I think this is a pretty spot-on description of motherhood. What they don't tell you is what do to when your baby goes off to college and your heart is walking around 18 hours away.

We dropped Jack off at college over the weekend. I'm so thankful that the university had a Welcome Weekend for students AND parents at move-in, so we could see Jack settled in and figuring things out on his own.

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I found myself starting to cry randomly in the weeks leading up to move-in day. At the grocery store when buying Jack's favorite things, during Mass, listening to music. (Here are a few songs you should NEVER listen to before taking your child to college: Landslide by The Dixie Chicks (this is my favorite version), Time of Your Life by Green Day, Home by Phillip Phillips, I Lived by One Republic....delete them from your playlists at all costs.)

[Side note: I stand with criers everywhere. Whoever said "Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened" is, pardon my French, full of crap. There is no shame in crying! (Says the mom who was experiencing major eye leakage outside her son's dorm as she said goodbye.)]


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Selfishly, I'm going to miss seeing Jack's sweet face every day. My favorite part of the day was when he walked through the front door from school or work. We didn't have sit-downs or heart-to-hearts every day, but just knowing he was home made me happy. Fixing him a snack, asking who he ate lunch with that day, listening to a funny story from class...I'm going to miss that.

This time is such a MIX of emotions. Of course, there's happiness. You're bursting with happiness for them and the opportunities they just have to reach out and grab. You're proud as you see them come into their own, figure out their way in this new environment. There's worry...will he be safe, will he make friends, did he pack the right clothes, will he get along with his roommate, will he ever wash his sheets? There's regret: in these last few weeks, I've thought a lot about things I didn't do...things I should have. I shouldn't have run so many errands, maybe we should have kept him in swim lessons longer, I should have been more patient and never raised my voice, I definitely should have made him eat more broccoli. There's also a lot of prayer, "Dear God, thank you, thank you, thank you for this boy. Please, please, please watch over him." Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Mostly, I'm beyond thankful for the last 18 years with this sweet boy under our roof. 

Jack has sort of grown up on the blog....I found this post. I think it was the first time his face was on the blog, way back in 2008.

Notre Dame decorated cookies | bakeat350.net

Let me tell you a few things about these cookies for a minute. No tutorial pics, but a few notes you'll want when making them:


Notre Dame decorated cookies | bakeat350.net

I made the cookies at few weeks ahead, bagged them, boxed them, and popped them in the freezer. They thawed as we made the drive to school and were ready to share with roommates when Jack moved in.


Yesterday was the first day of classes. We talked with Jack last night and when we hung up, Mr. E and I agreed that he sounded...different, older. Most importantly, he sounded happy. What more can you ask for? ♥


28 comments

  1. Love seeing this on my feedly today! I'm a reader in South Bend..well Granger, actually. Best of luck to him! Jen- www.thepretzeeco.com

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  2. Uh-oh...what's gonna happen to Saturday TJ Reviews???

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  3. Oh, yeah, eye leakage, at the most unsuspected moments, Mass certainly. Just now when I got a call from her needing some love from home. She's having a blast thankfully. Congrats on ND! I'm thankful we only have 6 hours away.

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  4. Welcome to ND. I work at Campus Ministry. I hope you had a chance to stop at the Welcome (hot dog) tent on Friday.

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    1. YES!!! We were there! Thank you SO much! What an incredible weekend and gracious welcome to campus!

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  5. I have loved following on IG..but a post is more..I have tears..

    and yes surprise surprise I am a crier.Tears just well up from some secret reserve in there..I think when I lost my mom..a bottomless well was formed..and from that day on..I have just been filled with emotion.

    Yes I have often said:"Dear God Dear God"..I am such a beggar Bridget.
    You are a FABULOUS mom..don't look back..in 10 yrs the swimming lessons will not mean a thing..trust this old lady;)

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  6. He looks so darn handsome in his Irish Tee:)And the cookies lol I forgot the cookies!! Brava!

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  7. Criers unite- this post made ME cry just thinking about my own children going to college in 11 years. (Ha!)

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    1. Same here! My oldest is seven and getting up to my shoulder. Slow down time.

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  8. Thanks for making me cry...at work:) I teared up dropping my 3.5 year old at pre-K this year. Kindergarten will undue me. College-I can't even fathom. I saw that same prayer every night. The big thank you for trusting me with him and please help me watch out for him. Good luck to you all!

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  9. I am a crier, too. I just started attending a new church and did not expect to lose it during worship, but I sure did. I cried when our oldest moved out a few years ago (and in the days afterwards), I cried when our youngest started his first job and was gone all day (we homeschooled). I cry at EVERYTHING. I have come to believe that crying must be a good thing because I'm so very good at it! Congratulations to you and your family, and all of you will be in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your stories with us; your posts always make me smile - except when they make me cry :)

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  10. I totally can relate. We just dropped the baby of the family off at college last week. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. What a wonderful opportunity for your son at Notre Dame! When we dropped our son off at college 5 years ago (he's now in grad school) I cried on the way home and at random times for a couple of week's after; and he was only 2 hours away! It will be a big adjustment for you but it does get easier. Take care and God Bless!!

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  12. I love these words. Oh.....the cookies, too!

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  13. Been there, done that and he was only 2 hours away! Turned out to be a great time for all of us!
    You will have a blast when he and friends connect! Keep those cookies coming!

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  14. Well, I cried just reading your post, so I can imagine what you're feeling. I remember the year before my children went off to kindergarten, when they were in only 1/2 day preschool, saying, "We have to enjoy these lunches and afternoons to do whatever we want, because next year we won't have them."

    Congratulations on raising such a fine boy through this milestone. He obviously has all he needs to make a great start.

    Not to mention the cookies.

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  15. Congrats to Jack. I'm sure he will do awesome. If you want a good cry, listen to 93 Million Miles by Jason Mraz. When we dropped our oldest off at the military recruiter to leave for basic training, I sobbed. I cried for the first 2 years of goodbyes but it has been 6 years now with 2 deployments and I can make it through a goodbye (or see you later) without crying :)but I still choke up when I hear this song.

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  16. My oh my what a sweet post? .. you are just the best mama with those gorgeous cookies in tow! Ive followed your blog for years and loved all the Jack stories! We just dropped our 4th boy off to college last week (one more girl left at home) and the feelings are all the same....I broke down in whole foods last week when I saw a mom and a little boy together. We mommies are a tender bunch. One thing Ive done with each kiddo is mail a card every week..I think they like it ( my 24 year old still has all of them!) and it make me feel like Im a good mom. Best to you..Paula Hall

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  17. Hi Bridget, I'm late in reading your post but I am happy to read that Jack has settled in well at ND. And although I'm not a mom, I stand firmly with the criers for sad/bittersweet life events. I will keep Jack in my daily prayers as well. I hope we can all get together soon to catch up and eat more Italian food together. Love and hugs, Flavia

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  18. I have an 18 month old, but I also have several friends dropping their kids off at college or letting them drive for the first time, and I'm all 'oh baby in your cribby never grow up!' On an up note, Jack has chosen a LOVELY part of the country for college, particularly just a bit north of him: the Michigan, Lake Michigan coastline. You definitely need to explore it in the next four years! :)

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  19. Hi from an ND 2008 grad! Jack is in for a wonderful 4 years. I am still grateful to have had the experience to grow and learn at such a wonderful, supportive place. GO IRISH!

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  20. Reading this made me feel old, ha ! I remember that one of the first post I read on your blog was a Star Wars birthday party for Jack ! (Alright, I just Googled it to make sure I'm not making anything up and yup, Star Wars birthday party in 2010 ! http://www.bakeat350.net/2010/01/may-force-be-with-you.html) I was still in high school back then !
    Good luck to him (and you, ahah) !

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  21. Oh my - such a "mixed feeling" time. We are so proud and happy for our children as they start this next important step but we also don't want them to ever leave our own safe, protective surroundings. I am with you Bridget in that I have an only child and he's a BOY but my boy is now 52! Because we have just the one they will always be our baby and we'll cry a lot. My son now lives in Atlanta and I am in L.A. - I hear from him every day and we see each other as often as possible AND I have three wonderful grandchildren! I know you're not ready for all that but our children growing up is a good thing! I am guessing Jack will be a campus fav because he's a really nice person and your wonderful cookies from home! Enjoy every bit of this wonderful new experience for the three of you ❤️

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