6 September 2011

First Day

I love school.

I really do. Before I discovered my vocation, I had already attended 6 years of university, so I have the student debt to prove it.

But, like pretty much every teacher on the planet, I wished for just a bit more vacation.

Don't get me wrong, I think my class is cute (with one or two exceptions) and I know that I will have a good year. The vibe today was nice and calm, and everyone seemed on task. I know that I have a few challenging kids, but I know who they are and I have an idea what strategies to use with them.

It also makes me so happy when the parents are so happy to have me teach their kids. I had a couple of parents that were visibly excited that I was their child's teacher (Lord, please let me have that moment with my own kids!).

There are 188 days left. Not that I'm counting.

We did get some bad news at the JB household. My father-in-law's girlfriend is not doing well. She has been in a home since January and we learned today that she's no longer eating and is on morphine. It doesn't look good. She has had a series of strokes that has really affected her brain function and she has lost her ability to speak. Mr. JB went to visit her with my parents in July and she wasn't doing well then, but this is much worse. I am sad for my FIL since this is his second partner that he has watched wither away (Mr. JB's mom died of cancer 21 years ago). Please pray for J and her comfort.


  1. Glad your school years is looking promising! and prayers for the family.

  2. I had the same feeling of dread when I was working as a preschool teacher haha. I am so sorry about your FIL's girlfriend, I hope he has some peace through all of this.

    P.S. I wanted to invite you to my blog but don't have your email. Email me at hm11904 at sbcglobal dot net. If you'd like to be invited of course :)

  3. So happy to hear the school year is off to a good start! Sometimes it's tough to get back on schedule. :)
    Sorry to hear about your FIL's girlfriend - I'll keep them both in my prayers.

  4. Sounds like you have a fantastic class, that's so exciting!
    Hoping that your FILs partner passes away with little pain.

  5. Prayers for you family. Glad you are starting off the school year with a good class, I still can't believe you are JUST NOW starting!

  6. I loved school so much, but yes, as exciting as that first day can be, staring down the entire year can feel daunting! Hope it flies by.

    I'll pray for your FIL and his girlfriend. So sad, and so hard.

  7. I will keep your family in my prayers. Hugs! Welcome back to school!