A look back. . .
|Stella, Nick and Me|
This year has been the best year of my life. I am surprised to hear myself say that. After all that's happened, being Teacher of the Year, laid off months later, selling a house (because I thought I had no job), my Blue passing, baby Stella, and so much more I am thankful for it all. Before all of this happened, I felt like something was missing in my life, and now I know what it was, PERSPECTIVE.
I remember the first few years of teaching. . . staying at school till 8:00 most days (and sometimes later) as I learned from my miserable failures and wonderful successes. I also remember having nothing to talk about besides school. I was a woman obsessed! A twelve year old's bad decision could send me into tears on my car ride home. I stopped creating art because I was totally consumed with creating that perfect lesson. I saw that movie with Michelle Pfieffer and I felt like I was living it without the cool soundtrack and army training.
This year has been different. I am different. I know my husband looks at me funny when I come home at 4:30 some days and wonders what has changed. I tell him, everything! I have been able to really focus myself, my lessons, and my life. My students are more independent this year, my lessons are more developmentally appropriate so I don't have to stay at school and prepare so much, and I feel like I am connecting with the kids more. I really believe that all this LIFE has made me a better. I don't know what I was so afraid of!
To top it off we have a found a new pal! I even shared our new addition with some of my students who loved him to pieces. This little guy gets me up in the morning before school now and I go to my classroom with happiness in my heart.
His name is Kodiak and Kody for short. He was a rescue from a high kill shelter in Kentucky. To think, this little mutt needs us as much as we need him. While he can't fix my heart that broke with Blue passing, he has helped melt it!
|Welcome Kodiak 8 weeks old!|
|Who Is Prouder? Kodiak or Nick?|
|Kodiak's First Walk and our "First" Walk in a While|