Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hello Old Friend

The last time I posted it was August 26, 2012 - the day before I started my first year of teaching. That should tell you something.

It has been a whirlwind that I can't seem to get out of. There have been many tribulations, changes, and to-do lists that have caused me to continuously be thankful that God has given me the strength and energy to survive each week. I love my job and am passionate about my kids, but this type of momentum is unexplainable. Working 11-12 hours every day and being completely content with going to bed around 8:30 or 9 every night has become the norm. I'm still trying to figure out all the ins-and-outs but it's a learning curve. Here are some thoughts:

1. I haven't been able to blog or to do my "Pinterest challenge" - I hadn't been on Pinterest for so long, that this morning I had to actually sign back in.

2. Family and friends/prayer support have grown to mean more to me during this phase of my life than ever before. The patience, encouragement, understanding (my poor friends want to have late hang-out nights- I physically and mentally (literally) cannot participate on the weekdays), and prayers that I continue to receive is amazing and truly help me get through each day.

3. I have always known about my passion for the "unreachable" kids - the kids who have an attitude problem, too many learning disabilities, etc. but it has become very real  to me these past couple of months as I am now a teacher. There is no such thing as an "unreachable" child.

4. I feel old. I'm 23 but I feel like I'm 70 as I lay in bed with a sore hip/knee from who knows what (probably from racing the kids to the bus stop). Enough said.

5. I feel like my life has taken me away from God. My lack of energy has challenged me to go to church every Sunday and Home Group on the given weekdays. I feel dry and have realized how easy it is to allow work to consume your life.

6. The weather isn't telling me that my favorite season is finally here. I want to be able to wear my favorite outfits such as this:

7. My next project will be an Autumn wreath! 

 and/or a makeup brush holder... yes, this is a soup can and marbles. Brilliant.

8. I honestly could not get through this life without my Jesus. It's amazing how although I feel dry right now, He continues to be there. He continues to give me the strength, energy, and the right words every single day. 

9. My first paycheck will be because of Him!