Friday was my last day as the teacher of 1st grade at Sonlight Enrichment School. The ten weeks I taught fourteen first graders left a mark on my heart. The miracles of this time will forever be one of those altars to the Lord that I have erected. I watched God's faithfulness to me personally at a whole new level and depth.
- The Lord provided daily curriculum...even if it came in the middle of the night.
- He provided the energy needed for any teacher of 1st graders, more less one at age 52 with a room consisting mainly of boys
- He provided new friendships
- He provided financially
- He let me see a part of me that I had lost confidence in
- He allowed my ending of home schooling to be bittersweet....I can say that I close my doors after 24 years of teaching with satisfaction
- He met me..............that really says it all
As we enjoyed field day on Friday, I also enjoyed first hand something I have never had...teacher's gifts. It was so much fun. The precious hand-made cards and letters... the gift cards allowing me to enjoy special tea, cupcakes and yogurt... the gift sack that reminds me to relax. Look at the "duct tape" rose... she doesn't know how many times I have talked about needing duct tape on this blog... duct tape to keep my mouth shut... so this rose just made me smile. Each gift will remind me that this year marked a place in my heart.
Some precious parents told me that I did a good job...a pat on the back...WOW! home school moms don't get many of those. To see their kids respond to me with a hunger for learning was truly an unexpected gift.
This summer many of us will continue to get together to allow Benjamin time with his friends and additional learning opportunities. We have decided to have a camp-out. We are also going to continue our study on author/ illustrators with a Book Club and swim day.
My heart is still pulled as God closes my individual home school room and Benjamin enters a classroom full time next year. Benjamin keeps confirming God's word, but my own identity is in being a teacher. I look at my bookshelves and wonder how I will adjust...Benjamin will be fine. It is time to say goodbye in order to say hello to what God has in store for both Benjamin and me.
I don't know how next year will progress, but I do know that this year will go down in my memory book. Truly, God sees our needs and meets them... not only the financial, but also the heart's needs. My first grade class and the women of Sonlight Enrichment School met a heart's need I didn't even know I had.