1. thankful for my atonement child, my sweet Jude. And how lately he answers my call with 'yes hunny' or 'yes sweetie'. I don't even know where he gets the things he says, but he makes me laugh. And laughing is the best.
2. the greatest outpouring of grace I think I have ever received for sharing my biggest regret in honor of Roe v. Wade. You can see the post here. There is no condemnation in Christ and I really felt so much Christ-love from the encouraging words people gave me. Seriously. Some of you just made me cry :) THANK YOU
3. My quirky aspergery student who keeps saying "I like the new Ms. D" every time we do a math problem, a science experiment, read a book. I don't know how these things are new. Maybe because he confused the concept of New Years?? Still funny.
4. Quality parent conferences that lead to a game plan in the best interest for the kid. And honestly a renewed love and dedication for this kid.
5. Engaged eyes yesterday as I shared with them the time in college I went and listened to Coretta Scott King speak. At the time, I knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. She actually passed away a year or two after I heard her. But I always think about her during this week, and almost always share that story with my kids. This year I just had a couple kids who really locked in with me ya know. I don't remember much of what she said, but I remember her clearly talking about how as we climb the ladder of success to always be sure and put one hand and help lift the person behind us. I was so moved by that idea. And while most of my class didn't seem to care, those few kids who did. I don't know it was amazing to see their faces really think through how they can become successful but also reach one hand back. Like teared up amazing. I hope they always remember that story.
6. In connection with above, and in order to show the kids a tangible way I give back to the person behind me. I shared with them my picture of our sweet Gifty from Ghana who Jude and I support through Compassion International. I keep her picture by my desk at school, so I was able to show the kids. It was just a really neat conversation. Where they were able to make the connections to caring about others and I actually got to show them how I do that. I don't know. It was really exciting. Some days teaching is hard. Sometimes it is so amazing I just know I couldn't do any other job.
7. thankful I love my job. It's not easy, but impacting sweet children who need a desperate amount of love is amazing