417: When did it go from playing for fun to “Wow, she has a future”?
D.O.: Between sophomore and junior year. Her club coach that year was very proactive and really believed in her. Because of that and the tournaments she was playing in, she had a lot of college coaches looking at her and contacting us.
417: When it became real and colleges were interested in Ashley, how did you feel?
D.O.: Well, it was scary because you think about your kid making that commitment. I was certainly very proud, excited and anxious, all at the same time. So much of what happens in college determines your direction for the rest of your life. You will decide on a career, and your college will likely help you find your first job. Often times you’ll even find your spouse. All of those things sort of blossom from this one decision, and it is scary. A lot of prayer goes into that.
417: How are you preparing for an empty nest?
D.O.: Well, I don’t know. It’s kind of scary, but at the same time, it’s exciting. We were older when we got married and didn’t have Ashley right away, so we had a time when we played a lot of golf. We also love to travel. There’s a lot of things like that we haven’t been able to do because we have been so consumed, so we are looking at this as an opportunity to get back to having some fun together again. Just the two of us.
417: What advice do you have for other moms who have kids who play sports?
D.O.: Start early, stay active and stay involved. Also, talk to as many people as you can.
417: What are three words that describe your life as a mom?
D.O.: Prayerful, joyful and proud.
417: What’s your favorite thing about being a mom?
D.O.: I think the best part about being a mom is being able to enjoy all of the different stages that your child goes through. I remember when she was very little, I would go, “Oh my gosh, she’s 6 months old, this is the greatest stage ever.” Then at a year, I thought it was the greatest stage ever. And I still think, right now, this is the greatest stage ever.
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