Donjae | Boyce Thompson Arboretum Senior Session

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Senior Session

“Describe what you felt in one word.”

He stares at me, eyes twinkling, trying to describe what he felt in just one word.

“Okay, okay. Maybe not one word. Two, no, three words. Describe what you felt in three words.”

That was easy for him to do.

“Dream. Come. True.”


Since he was 10, Donjae dreamt of playing football for Stanford University. He played and fought hard and despite having an “off season” his sophomore year, he caught Stanford’s attention. After attending summer camps, pushing himself and with the support of his friends, family and coaches, Donjae received his verbal offer from Stanford at a weekend camp he attended right before school started his senior year.  What a way to start the school year!

What’s remarkable about Donjae, isn’t his ability to play football on a full ride at a Pac-12 school, it’s his attitude.  Does that sound cliche?  Because I’ve never been more sincere.  In the two hours we spent together at his senior session, which started at his high school and ended at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, it was made very apparent that Donjae is kind, genuine, patient, so very grateful and is one humble individual.  I know for certain, as a momma of boys myself, that he must have one proud mother!


I gotta be honest, I’m a little nervous about my boys growing up in the world that we live in.  But after spending just a small window of time with you and Brianna, I know that it’s possible to raise a modern day knight who fears the Lord.  You could easily take all the credit for your skills and abilities, but you don’t.  You publicly claim Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”  Thank you for not only being an example for today’s generation but for a generation that will quickly follow in your footsteps.

You are driven, you are genuine and you are one classy guy.  Good luck at Stanford next year!  We can’t wait to watch you play!  #GoCards