Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Just a Parent

Today I was "just a parent" and it was awesome! :)  I teach special education to 3rd-5th graders.  Olivia's in 3rd grade in the same school as I; in fact her class is right next door!  Luckily, this is still "cool" and she enjoys seeing me in the halls (unless of course I happen to walk by and see her chewing gum in the middle of class... true story! LOL)

Each year as teachers we are given 10 sick days and 2 personal days.  And for the last couple years my sick days and personal both were quickly eaten up by sick kids, a couple doctor appts I couldn't fit in on holidays, and once or twice by actually getting sick myself.  I know, a shocker that I would dare get sick! :)  For you see, when you don't have a husband or family around, I am the one that these things fall to.  And when I used up my days the last couple of years, I even went past these and had to have money taken OUT of my check to cover them... YUCK! :(  

This year I saved my personal days as long as I could, thinking I may need them to interview if a job panned out where we were thinking of moving.  It didn't, but that's ok.  With sick days used up, but not having gone past, and having two personal still left, I opted to take a personal day and be a chaperone on one of Olivia's field trips!  It was so much fun and she was excited to have me along!  So, I was NOT a teacher today, I was just a parent! :)  Here's a glimpse of my "group" of girls and our fun filled day to Navy Pier to ride one of the Skyline boats (each class made their own shirts for days such as these)...

Hope you had a good one too!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

Liam - 9

Macy - 5

Macy - 5

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Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
Little did I know that the trip would take so long
Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
Little did I know that God is never wrong

Little did I know that love could be so powerful
Little did I know that a dream so far could go
Little did I know that God would place the right ones
Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
Little did I know that this day would finally come
Little did I know that four souls would be sent to guide me
Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
God knew all along that my dream would soon come true
God knew all along that we five should be together
God knew all along that I’d share it all with you