Thursday, August 6, 2015

Becoming a Different Kind of Teacher


Hey Ya'll! Back to school is right around the corner. If you haven't already started, teachers are beginning to come out of their summer daze and into full on prep mode. You are probably out hitting up the dollar store and the Target dollar spot for those perfect baskets for your library and laminating and prepping those awesome resources that you just scored during the TPT back to school sale. I'm right aren't I? :) I absolutely love this time of year. The stores are stocked with those B-E-A-UTIFUL new school supplies and we stalk those sales to find the best deals to make our classrooms perfect for the upcoming year. 

This year is a little different for me for several different reasons. Let me start by saying that I LOVE every aspect about my job. Even on those days when I come home and want to cry or those days when you come home and just need a glass of wine as soon as you walk in the door, I still LOVE my job. Over the past 5 years I have discovered that I not only have a passion for education, I have a passion for children. To see the world though the eyes of a child is life changing. 


Earlier I mentioned that things will be different for me this year. Let me tell you why... In January, my husband and I found out that we were expecting our first child. Talk about a life changing experience! Something that we had prayed for for so long was finally coming true and another life long dream was going to become reality. I am becoming a MOM! In just 6 short weeks, our beautiful baby girl will arrive and I cannot express the joy I have in my heart. 

You see, right now you are prepping to go back to school. I am prepping to become a mother. Normally this time of year, I've spent the summer making classroom projects. This summer, I've spent my time setting up a nursery. While you are shopping for back to school supplies, I've been shopping for all the necessities that my sweet little girl will need. School supplies aren't on that list for me this year. This year I'll become a different kind of teacher.

I won't be returning to my classroom this year. I'm going to stay home with our little girl. I've spent lots of time praying over the past few months and know that this is the best decision for my family at this time. I've shed many tears along with this decision. I'd never really thought about being a stay at home mom. Honestly, at first it wasn't something I wanted. As I mentioned earlier, I LOVE my job. Those sweet babies need me. They need a teacher who is going to love and encourage them. What about the ones who just need a hug every day? What about the ones who always want to share their stories with me? I need them just as much as they need me. Every child I have taught over the past five years will always be partly mine. They will always have a special place in my heart. But then I got to thinking...what about my own baby? Who is going to take care of her while I'm taking care of 22 others? Who was going to make her feel special? I don't want someone else raising my child. I don't want someone else hugging her when she cries. I don't want someone else seeing her crawl for the first time or to hear her say her first word. I realized that she NEEDS me more. She needs her mother to be her TEACHER. That is exactly what I plan to do. 

My plan for right now is to take at least a year off but I'm not going anywhere. In the next few weeks, I may be absent from time to time but I still plan to blog (I have tons of ideas to share), I still plan to create, and I still plan to present. Just because I won't be in the classroom doesn't mean that my passion for education will change. I hope you'll stick with me. 

So while you are prepping for back to school, I'm prepping for the biggest change of my life... becoming a mother and I couldn't be more excited about my new journey. 


26 comments:

  1. What an exciting new time for your family! I'm so happy for you!

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    1. Thank you so much Liana! We are so excited about our new journey!

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  2. So exciting! Good for you, Marcy!

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  3. I am so excited for you :) This post really touched me heart. I can feel your passion for teaching in reading this. You are a wonderful person in so many children's lives and now you will be a wonderful mother to a little girl. May you have a amazing year with your family :)
    @Wiley Teaching

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words. This post was a little difficult for me to write. I am going to miss the classroom but I know that this is the best decision for my family right now. I hope you have an amazing year as well. :)

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  4. Congrats, Marcy! That's so exciting to spend some time at home with Madison! Love her set up!

    Slainte,
    ☘ Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

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    1. Thank you Molly! It is definitely going to be a big change but I'm ready for it. Hope you have a great year!

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  5. Congratulations! Enjoy every precious moment!
    Always Primary

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie! I can't wait for those sweet moments. :)

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  6. OMGoodness! I'm so excited for you! Enjoy this special time with your little girl!

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    1. Thank you Ashley! I need the time to pass a little quicker so she can already be here!

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  7. What a beautiful post. :) Becoming a mother is one of the most incredible experiences. Your heart will grow so much. You will think, wow I thought I knew what love was but I had no idea! I am excited for your new adventure. It was also so very nice to meet you at the Happy Hour in Vegas.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words Anne and it was so nice to meet you too. I'm sorry if I seemed a little out of it then. That whole trip is one big blur now. I was completely exhausted the entire time. On a different note, everyone I've talked to has mentioned how much my heart is going to grow and how I'll experience an unconditional love that I've never felt before. This whole experience has been such a blessing so far and I can't wait for what is ahead. :)

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  8. Hi Marcy! I stayed home with my babies--couldn't imagine it any other way. Those years were precious!

    Crystal
    Teaching Little Miracles

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    1. Hi Crystal! That is so great that you were able to stay home with your babies. I hope that I can have the same experience. :)

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  9. Hooray! :0) Excited for you to 'Saddle Up for MOTHERHOOD'! ;) Love ya friend! ;) Can't wait to hear about your new adventures in teaching...mom style! ;) XOXO

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    1. Ah! I love it! Maybe I should start a personal blog and call it that! Like I have the time. Thank you for all of your support! I couldn't do it without you. Thanks for being a part of #mytribe! XOXO!

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  10. I am so excited for you Marcy! Being a stay at home mom is an amazing blessing! I did it for a year with Zach and I was really ready to go back to teaching at the end of the year. My husband worked midnights and was home during the day with my boys so I knew they were safe and loved. God has a plan you you and your family. Enjoy the journey, friend! Xoxo, Tammy

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    1. Thank you so much Tammy. Your support means so much. I don't know how long my break from the classroom will be but I do know that I'll be ready to go back when His timing is right. XOXO

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  11. I sure enjoyed staying home with my little girl -- and I'm glad I was able to. I think you will too.
    Sara

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    1. Hi Sara! That is wonderful that you were able to stay home. I hope I have the same amazing experience. :)

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  12. I think you will LOVE staying home with your precious baby girl! You're lucky to have the opportunity to be a stay at home mom. :)

    Sarah
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

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  13. Great post! My baby girl was due last October and we also moved so I had to leave my job anyway, so I stayed home last year and have decided to again this year. Last year, I didn't have time to miss school. Now I do a bit, but my daughter is also getting older and able to do so much now that I don't want to miss. I think this year I *hope* to be able to figure out how to get some time to do tpt and blogging again. Best of luck to you!

    Jessica
    Literacy Spark

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