My husband and I just dropped off our last child at college and for some reason or another I am feeling the need to reflect. As some of you know and perhaps many do not, my husband and I have 4 children. As busy as life has gotten and as busy as it tends to get sometimes, of course, I would not change a thing about all the years we have had raising them to become responsible adults. As I write this, it is so strange to me to think that we are now “empty nesters”. I write this with much emotion and quite frankly with tears running down my cheeks. It is a sad time but also a joyful and very exciting time for our entire household and family. Here is the video I made for Beau’s graduation. I’m amazed at how fast time has gone and how quickly this day has come.
As you can see in the photograph above, Beau is our youngest of our four children and the only boy. Aja (34) our oldest is married to Patrick and they have two little boys, Hunter (6) and Thomas (7). We are excited to welcome another little grandson in early September, Aja’s due date is the same day as Beau’s first game at CU. Our daughter Mackenzie (23) is the sweetest soul ever, she lives with her boyfriend Scott, who fits into our family perfectly. Mackenzie will graduate soon and plans on teaching. Karson (20) going on 25 is our “flare” of the family. She keeps us all laughing and active at all times. She has friends from one end of the earth to the other and always has something to do or somewhere to go. Karson just finished her 2 year volleyball scholarship at Central Arizona College and will finish her education at Cal Poly Pomona in the LA area.
This brings me to Beau. Our family could not be more proud of this guy! Beau has worked very hard to earn himself a full ride Football scholarship at the University of Colorado in Boulder. At the end of the day he had 30+ D1 college football scholarship offers and was rated the top 14th running back in the US. The recruiting process started when Beau was a sophomore and it was brutal at times as there was a constant flow of coaches visiting and instant messaging him to call them since they were not allowed to call him.
And then there were the visiting of schools, he toured Washington State, University of Washington, Oregon State, University of Oregon, Stanford, Michigan State, Arizona State, University of California Berkeley, USC, UCLA and of course University of Colorado. Beau attended several camps were College Recruiting Coaches would be watching and he also played on a 7 on 7 team in the off season. A big turning point for Beau and his recruiting was when he was invited to the Nike Combine Camp in 2014 where he was awarded the MVP of running backs. Here is the video of the play that I believe landed him that award.
I know Beau will always have fond memories of playing high school football at Jesuit and I’m sure going to miss being on the sidelines watching him play and photographing every chance I could. His junior year was really an amazing season, here are Beau’s highlights, this highlight video has been watched over 22,000 times ( I probably have watched a good 1,000 times myself!
Much of Beau’s natural talent comes from his Dad, Charlie who also played D1 football at the University of Oregon, back in the day.
I really believe Beau has landed at the perfect place for him, CU. He loves the mountains, the outdoors and he loves to fish and hunt. The little college town sits right up against the beautiful flat iron mountains. It is a beautiful place to live, the school is top notch for education and I truly believe the football program is really going to flourish this year. The Folsom Field Stadium is just beautiful, surrounded by magical mountains.
They just built on to their football facility and now have a brand new indoor practice field along with an amazing locker room which is where Beau will be spending almost all of his time. They even have their academic tutors in the same building. Here is a video of their new facility!When we went to CU for the Spring Scrimmage Football game, Beau was already asked for his autograph. CU is very excited to have Beau, as seen on this press release, and Beau is very excited to be there. So as difficult as it was to drop my baby off at college, I know this is God’s plan and I trust it completely. Beau is going to have a great experience and I couldn’t be more proud and excited for him. #GoBuffs, #GoBeau, #BeauGoesBuff