Thursday, April 14, 2011

Open Abandon

My favorite time of the day is 3:20pm!

Every day at school, my class is ready to go home by 3:20 (hopefully!). The first bell rings then, signaling my one car rider to leave. Ten minutes later at 3:30, my two "regular" bus riders leave at the bell and make their way to the gym to wait for their buses. And sometime between 3:35 if it's early and 3:50 if it's late (teachers are SUPPOSED to LEAVE at 3:40) my last four walk out the nearby door to their bus.

And then starting at 3:20, my ears are in tune to any announcements being made. When I hear, "Bus 6 has arrived, students riding bus 6 can make their way to the front of the school." My heart races. Because I know that this one is making his way to my room...

Braeden's school gets out 30 minutes before mine. He rides bus 6 with the other students as they're dropped off and bus 6 makes it way to my school to pick up students from this building to take home. When it arrives here he gets off and comes in the front and down the hall to my room. If I'm not busy, I'm usually in the hall: somewhat "patrolling" for kids not staying on the right side, or wearing hats, etc, but mostly waiting. Because when Braeden sees me, he bears down so to speak like a football player ready to rush, locks eyes with me, and RUNS. With a HUGE grin and a yell of "MOM!" He jumps headlong into my arms and hugs. It. Is. Wonderful. And it happens day in and day out, no matter how good or bad his day may have been. No matter how wonderful or horrible our morning time together was. He Yells. He Smiles. He Runs. He Jumps. He HUGS.

And it melts my heart and makes it soar. Every. Single. Time.

Can you just imagine the pure joy that God feels every time WE come to HIM in that same way, with reckless abandon, with joy and love. Amazing.


Lindsey said...

I totally love this post!

Post a Comment

Let's Connect!

Search This Blog


About Me

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

Check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

Blog Archive

What you should know about HIV

-HIV can NOT be spread through casual/household contact. HIV is not spread through hugging, kissing, shaking hands, sharing toys, sneezing, coughing, sharing food, sharing drinks, bathing, swimming or any other casual way. It has been proven that HIV and AIDS can only be spread through sexual contact, birth, breastfeeding and blood to blood contact (such as sharing needles). - HIV is now considered a chronic but manageable disease. With treatment, people who are HIV+ can live indefinitely without developing AIDS and can live long and full lives. - People who are HIV+ deserve to be treated with love, respect, support and acceptance as all people do. Additional information on transmission of HIV can be found on the Center for Disease Control website:

Other Awesome Blogs

Orphan Crisis

• 147 million orphans in the world
• 50 million orphans in Africa 
• Every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS
• 16,000,000 have been orphaned by AIDS
• Every week, AIDS claims as many lives as American fatalities in the Vietnam War
• 854 million people do not have enough to eat
• Malnutrition is associated with the deaths of 5 million children under the age of five
• Every 2 seconds an orphan dies from malnutrition

Hence the title of my blog

Little Did I Know

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