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JMU Village Dorm Move In

We woke up early on August 20, 2022, loaded the van, and headed to Harrisonburg, Virginia, for MacKenzie’s JMU Village Dorm Move-In.

It was a quiet drive and my momma heart was struggling, but I never want to hold my children back so we sang to Taylor Swift, talked about her dreams for college and kept on moving up the road.

van loaded with dorm essentials and college student standing near.

We stopped for gas and I ended up crying.

MacKenzie knew it was hard for me and gave me a hug and then directed me to the Ty Plush display and showed me a flamingo, her favorite, and a sloth, my favorite next to each other and said, “look, mommy. It’s you and me.”

flamingo and sloth

Back in the car, we carried on.

The end of the 2 hours 40-minute drive put us at The Village on James Madison University’s Campus.

the village at JMU

MacKenzie checked in and we were told to unpack her things to the sidewalk and the FROGS would help.

jmu village dorm check in

Then we started hauling the dorm essentials up to the third floor in building C.

She chose a Suite and opened the first door to the Common Room.

opening the door to the common room

Then she opened the door to her dorm.

opening the door to the dorm room

We lugged and hauled for about 45 minutes.

The FROGS were busy helping others and we didn’t see one until the last two loads.

Then came the task of unpacking and finding a place for everything.

Her roommate arrived a couple of hours later, and we enjoyed the conversation while the girls set everything up as they wanted.

The Village Suites offer three dorm rooms, each with two students. There is a common area for them to hang out.

JMU village dorm room

It turned out adorable.

I didn’t cry once we arrived at the college.

village dorm room finished

I left knowing my girl is going to do great things and she is going to meet incredible friends who will someday be lifelong friends, bridesmaids, and baby shower hostesses for each other.

I’m excited for his new chapter.

It’s been a lot of hard work on her part, and ours, to see this dream come to fruition.

village dorm room desk

She’ll have a few days to settle in before JMU’s first day of school to explore the campus and meet people.

first day of college vs first day of school

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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