Monday, August 17, 2015


A new beginning is on the horizon.  After 9.5 years as a stay-at-home mom, I am returning to full time work as a Fourth Grade Teacher tomorrow.

There are so many ways that I can reason to how I got here; to this place, right now.  But, instead of that, I want to say this:

  • Years ago my mother warned me to never let my teaching credential lapse because we never know what's coming next.
  • I listened and even though I had a newborn (often) and the classes were for teachers who had actual students ( I made mine up), I completed every course needed to renew my license multiple times.  And I never knew why I would need it.  
  • I moved to CA on faith.  Faith that whatever is coming is better than what I was leaving.  But having no clue as to what that would be.  
  • I made a vision board.  It is a reminder of what I want to see in my life.  I look at it every single day.  It encourages me.
  • I prayed for a job that was part time and near where I live.  The answer came from an educators website and it led me to a school downtown.  
  • At the interview (for a job far below my pay-grade and education level) I was hired on the spot.   Then, I was asked to interview for the fourth grade job for the fall.  I was told all about the school and even given tips by the principal of good talking points for my panel interview later that week. 
  • I studied every night that week.  After the kids went to bed, I read everything there was to know about education.  I recited it in the shower.  It was my focus. 
  • I went to an interview on a Friday and was told they would have their decision later the next week.  
  • The phone rang Monday morning and the principal offered me the job.  (The job I didn't even mean to apply for/know I wanted).  I asked for time to make this huge decision.  And to figure out logistics of our life (daycare, the girls' school).
  • Visited the on-site preschool in late May (when preschools are full for the fall) and they had room for MJ to come full time.  And they would offer me a discount on tuition as an employee.  
  • Told the girls about the decision and both volunteered to come with me.  To leave their newly beloved school to be with me; for us to all be together.  
  • Asked the HR dept. about my salary and benefits and came to learn they would be paying me for all of my units above my bachelors degree!!!!!!!  And they pay a large percentage of the health care for the whole family, and dental, and vision.  
  • All summer I have been working tirelessly.  I have hired sitters so I can work in my classroom. I have prayed for the students I will be receiving.  I have cried, cussed and been elated at times.  This is what I was meant to do.  This thought keeps hitting me; It is good to be back.  
Happy First Week Back to any teachers out there.  But mostly, this whole post is a reminder of all of the ways God has carried me.  He has shown me time and time again that He is for me, He is faithful, and all I need to do is believe and surrender.  He has got this.  He has got me.  He has got them. 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.~ Jeremiah 29:11

1 comment:

Siobhan said...

As always, so proud of you and your amazingly awesome self. Love you!!!!