Did you think I died? I know it seemed that way in the blog world; I can’t believe it has been so long since I last posted! Things got super busy for me, and it got busy fast! If you follow me on Instagram then you have been able to keep up with some things going on with my life, but if you haven’t I’m about to fill you in on a few things.
First off, and probably most importantly, Ryan and I added another member to our family!
We got our little baby on November 2, and we love him so much! His name is Bauer, he’s a sheltie, and he has completely stolen our hearts. I can’t believe how much he has already grown! (I kind of wish he was a tiny puppy again.)
I announced back in July that I am doing my second marathon, and it is actually coming up in about a week and a half! I can’t believe it is almost here! I was really afraid I was going to have to drop down to the half because I suffered from a knee injury in November and wasn’t able to run for the whole month. Luckily, after getting some advice from an online running coach and going to an awesome chiropractor I was back to training the weekend after Thanksgiving and I have felt healthy and strong ever since!
Ryan and I had a wonderful holiday season! Both Thanksgiving and Christmas was filled with lots of family time, and if you have been reading my blog for a while then you know I love family time.
I cut my hair! I was super nervous because I cut a lot off, but I really like it, and the most important thing is that the Hubs likes it! Here is my before picture.
Now, the biggest change for me so far has been my attitude towards my job. This is where the honesty comes in.
I began my first year of teaching my own class this past August, and honestly, everything has been a whirl wind since then. (Which I guess explains my lack of blogging) The morning before my first day of school I published THIS post, which was a first year teacher’s prayer on the first day of school. I wanted to try to portray some of the feelings, nerves, and fears I had going into that day.
You always hear about teachers that talk about the passion they have for education, and how they love impacting children’s lives. I would see my friends on Facebook who are teachers, and they would post something awesome about their day and end the post with a hashtag such as, #lovemyjob.
I would read things like this and feel guilty because if I were to write a post about my job a few months ago, it would have gone a little something like this…
“How many more days until the weekend? I’m at a loss at what to do with some of my students. Sometimes things happen in the classroom, and I’m honestly not sure what the best thing to do is. Do my kids see my uncertainty? Why do some of my kids refuse to respect me? It seems like they don’t care what I do. Who knew a 10 year old kid could make your days so hard and bring you to tears more days than you would like to admit. How am I supposed to teach a class of 25 students when some of them do not want to learn and I get no parent support? This definitely wasn’t what I imagined teaching would be like…”
Oh and I would end my post with this hashtag, #countingthedaysuntilsummer
But, even though the difficulty of my job has not changed, I can honestly say my attitude has, which has made my job so much more enjoyable. My eyes have really been opened to many things this year, and the Lord is showing me that He has a big plan. God has humbled me and reminded me that I need Him oh so badly, and if I try to go day by day on my own strength, I will fail. I have learned to appreciate many things about my job, and when I really pay attention, I can see all of the things my students have learned so far this year that they didn’t know before they came to me. And when I can see how they have grown, that is an awesome feeling that really makes me want to push the hashtag, #lovemyjob
And to break up the seriousness of this post, here’s a picture of a new outfit I got for Christmas! I wore it to church last Sunday and work on Monday. Shhh, don’t tell that I’m an outfit repeater.
Despite the difficulty, I do love my students, and I have grown so much these last few months as a teacher and spiritually. I think the reason I got into a blogging rut was because I would come home from school and be mentally drained and exhausted. I am hoping to get on more of a blogging schedule as soon as I figure out what works for me. I know I won’t be able to blog five days a week, but I’m hoping a few times a week. I am trying to remind myself that quality is better than quantity!
For those of you who have actually read all of this, thank you. For those of you long time readers, thank you for being patient with me as I have taken a break these last few months to really figure out things and search for God’s peace and wisdom in this new stage of my life. I am incredibly blessed with an amazing husband, family, friends, and job, and I am truly thankful for everything in my life.
I’m glad to be back! Now it’s your turn to tell me something fun about yourself, what you would like to see me write about more in my blog, or what you are eating or doing for a workout today!