This was such a hard decision for me because I love my class so much and I would never want to leave them in the middle of the year! But I really prayed about it and I just felt like my mom needed me more and that I would never regret the time I would be able to spend with her. So, last week was my last week at school. It was the end of the quarter and the perfect time for me to leave and a new teacher to begin.
I don't think I could adequately put into words how loved and blessed I felt during my last week at school. My students were so sweet to me. My parents were beyond supportive. And all my co-workers were so kind and caring. I truly felt the love all week long.
On my last full day at school, all the parents came in right at the end of the day to pray for me. My whole class circled around me and prayed for me with their sincere little hearts. It meant so much to me and it was a day I will never forget.
And they gave me the sweetest gifts and letters. This is a canvas with all my students' hands in a circle together with a special Bible verse at the bottom. I love it!
I also got flowers, and one of the little girls in my class gave me a "Jar Of Joy".
Inside are little pieces of paper with special encouraging Bible verses on them for me to open when I need some encouragement.
And I will always keep these precious letters. Are they the sweetest thing or what??
This was my first week at home and I have spent part of each day with my mom. Yesterday she was not feeling well at all, so I was so glad I was able to be there with her while my dad had meetings all day. I am so thankful I get to do this. Plus, yesterday was a beautiful day so Ashley called and I met her at the park. I LOVE being able to do that!
Besides everything going on at school, I have also had a lot going on at home, too. Lindy and I both had sinus infections, coughs, and sore throats for the whole first two weeks of January. Good times. I spent a lot of time lying around watching TV (mostly football, The Good Wife, and my new obsession, Fixer Uppers!)...
When I finally got over that, we got to babysit one night while John and Ashley went out. David is in to playing games these days! We love keeping them!
And I could just eat this child up!
Steve and I went to Starbucks on Saturday morning so I could get my report cards done and he could work on other stuff.
We went to church on Sunday morning, and since then I have just been trying to get a new routine going.
Sometimes the seasons of your life just change. This is my 20th year of teaching. It has been SO LONG since I have stayed home and not worked at all. But I am looking forward to this new stage and I know that this is what God wants me to do right now. And I am so thankful I get to do it!