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September 23, 2010

Who knew life would take me from the desire of this blog these last (almost) 10 days?

Life has shifted yet again and I find myself savoring (for the first time in a while) the naturalness of it all, the ebb and flow of what has become our everyday life. It is true that I find myself needing to re-balance this life of ours. With the addition of a few great (but new) things, I find myself shuffling and stumbling to discover a sense of new harmony.

My afternoons (2 days a week) are now happily spent in the presence of an incredible 8th grade boy in need of some school oversight. He has brought with him a great stirring in my heart, a reawakening to the passion for me….teaching. Teaching in a way that transforms my heart, that thankfully shows some hints here and there of progress, of inspiration, of God’s movement in the undercurrent of math equations and science periodic tables. I just have to say that what started three weeks ago as a leap of faith, has been incredibly blessed. Who knew 8th grade boys were funny, hard-working and so incredibly sweet? Who knew that a little faith and a soft spot in my heart, could uncover that I really can TEACH algebra and chemistry when the opportunity presents itself. Now, mind you, I am finding myself back in my own sort of school as I diligently cram for our sessions together. Yep, I’m having to relearn and see these subjects in a new light….a light that requires piercing through a lot of darkness. You see, not only do 8th grade boys send a bit of a shiver up my spine, but so do these very subjects. God is good and I am finding my groove again as my heart is inspired to ensure success for this young man. He deserves it. Encounters with PEOPLE are powerful tools of inspiration when you can look at the gifts (or potential for greatness)  first and the fears second. Together, this boy and I, two afternoons a week, are conquering the unknown and emerging with a million dollar smile!

Catechesis began this week at the parish. It’s unbelievable to me that I’ve been teaching first grade PSR (Parish School of Religion) for 6 years! Is it possible that our sweet girl is really almost seven? This year marks the first year that all THREE of us have our own space at the Church.

Michael’s first day of PreK3 was a huge success. He has worn his nametag so proudly all week. The sweet face stickers have become each of his friends and family. Throughout the day, he’ll ask if I think this one looks more like [insert boy’s name] or [insert second boy’s name]? There’s such analysis of skin & hair color as he tries to figure out the best combination to get all his special people represented. So far, I’m still the only family member not included on the nametag of friends. Hmmmm? His only disappointment was that his teachers didn’t believe he could use scissors to cut out the star. He really does think he can do it all. Scissors are not foreign to him, and he was notably frustrated that he was denied the chance. This boy is going to conquer great lands. I know it all starts here…with scissors.

Katie Girl is getting so very big. She’s now down the hall, with permission to escort herself to and from class. Who knew that time would fly so fast? She’s already a big second grader preparing for her first communion this spring. Oh my goodness! She has already declared that second grade is way better than first grade (even though I was her first grade teacher). It’s okay. I know that my kids get what grace allows them to get from my imperfections, and magnifies it in the voices of those around me. Thank God for holy women teaching her…she’s REALLY listening to their every word. It’s rare that we see unharnessed joy from this girl, but after her first class, I was privy to a knock-you-over hug as she rattled in 5 seconds all that she’d done in her first class.  Here’s my attempt at a quotation paraphrase (ask my husband, it’s not my strong suit but you get the idea). ” There”s the bell that rings and tells us something is about to change, there were prayers outside at the Mary statue and a new rosary I can use wherever I am, and my teachers are so nice, there’s a friend I already know in my class, and mom I LOVE IT!” I am so glad sweet girl you love it. This momma’s heart prays God always moves you with such undeniable conviction.

First grade calls my name for the sixth year. Admittedly, I might consider teaching a new grade next year. Don’t tell the DRE though. We all know that once-in-a-while we need to shake things up to keep them new. I was feeling this regret as this PSR year began. Why didn’t I consider a different grade this year? I’ve been there and done that. Well, as God would have it, I looked at those parents and kids the first night, and knew instantly this was just where I was supposed to be. It might be comfortable, but it frees me to focus on communication and the fine details of the soul. I”m blessed to be working with two sweet women, one of which is God’s gift as I’ve worked with her before and was a total surprise we had been paired together again. He IS in the details, isn’t He? Who knew?

With all of that being said, I continue to treasure the few hours each morning when I have both children at the kitchen table schooling. Michael wakes up each morning wondering what letter he’s learning that day. I can’t believe how this kid can write. At only 3 1/2, he continually surpasses my expectation of  fine motor control. Katie is almost working totally independently throughout the morning. It’s great to see her grasp of education, her focus, and her ability  unfold. She’s got her hurdles, and we’re working on them. I’ll admit, some days with a lot less control and patience on my part. My prayer these days, “Help me to see the softer side of this situation.” We are two peas in a pod and consequently can unravel each other pretty quick. She’s going to do great things too.

With that being said, my morning quiet is about to end. The clock tells me the kids are about to rise from their slumber and our day will be off and running. I must get a few things in place before we are ALL off and running.

Pictures hopefully will be up soon, but for today, you get the rare “treat” of my ramblings. Happy Thursday!

BTW…the novena to St. Therese begins today in honor of her feast October. 1st. Ask BIG, she’s been known to grant some miracles. Maybe, I’ll blog about that closer to her feast!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    September 23, 2010 4:22 pm

    Sounds like you are all off to a great start! Don’t forget that you have a gift for working with kids and chose to be a teacher in order to serve them and use your gifts. That is why it seems like a good fit for you and why everyone loves to have you for a teacher! God is GOOD!

  2. Papa permalink
    September 24, 2010 3:46 am

    This is sooooo cool. You are indeed an inspiration to a lot of people. I am proud of you and wish I could be closer to enjoy all this with you in person. I miss you all and love you lots!

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