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.