Thursday, October 18, 2018

For All The Teachers

This post is sponsored by Our Schools Now in partnership with Forward Influence.
However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


I knew she was special the moment I met her.


She smiled warmly and introduced herself to me as Ms. Stuart. She was going to be my son’s second grade teacher. When I nervously began to fumble over my words—attempting to explain the challenges that come with Cam’s autism diagnosis—she replied confidently, “It will be okay. He’s going to be great and we can handle this.” Her manner was calm and her voice was kind. My fears quickly subsided.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

A Little Bit Shy, A Little Bit Scared

"I'm feeling a little bit shy and a little bit scared."


I looked down at the top of her fair, curly head and watched her as she slid out of the car. Her feet hit the pavement with a slap! I smiled to myself as I watched her shimmy and wiggle to adjust her over-sized backpack on her tiny, little-girl shoulders.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Week In Review--Teacher Training



MONDAY

Smiling faces in a commons room,
where all the teachers have come to stay.
A pep talk, a powerful presentation,
And I think I'll be okay!

--I. Got. This.

TUESDAY

A mountain of information
that makes my brain feel fluffy.
Policies and handbooks
cause me to cry 'til my eyes are puffy.

--O. Ver. Whelmed.

WEDNESDAY

Lots of hugs from staffers,
manning front office desks.
Grateful for their kind support--
Women loving others is the best.

--I. Have. Faith.

THURSDAY

Bright-colored paper for bulletin boards.
Notebooks to hand my class.
A green leafy plant and a felt-ball garland,
to give my room some sass.

--This. Is. Good.

FRIDAY

What a week, to prepare and learn,
a week to stretch and grow.
A new love for a HARD profession,
that does more than you'll ever know.

--Hug. A. Teacher.



Monday, August 6, 2018

CHANGES!

I once had a bishop--the ecclesiastical leader of my church congregation--tell me that change is good.

photo credit: catcherintheryephotography.com
We were preparing to move to the city I now live in, and the thought of leaving my beloved neighbors and friends, the community I had lived in for so many years, was devastating to my heart. I was riddled with anxiety and sadness.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The F Word! (FAILURE!)

A couple of weeks ago I had a religious experience at Sephora. (Truth.)


No, I did not see a heavenly angel next to the Smashbox "Full Exposure" mascara, even though I probably should have. (Because DANG, that stuff is awesome!) And no, I did not discover a holy entrance into heaven--a gate, if you will--by the Urban Decay eyeshadows. (Though I swear there has to be one in that section of the store. I will check on my next visit.)