It seems counterproductive to spend much time talking about my absence. No, I did not plan to take a year and a half (!) off from my blog. Yes, I did think about coming back to post many times during that hiatus. Why today? I really don’t know. Except that I have a good cup of coffee, my three beautiful children are all still sleeping (probably because the littlest angel has already seen me three times since she went to bed), and I’ve been reading a great professional development book (180 Days by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle) that mentions both teachers’ practice of writing every morning. So here I am. Run-on sentences and all.
So very much has changed since my last post in January of 2017. Our family of 4 has grown to a family of 5 with the addition of our sweet Amelia Pearl on December 19, 2017. She has added an extra layer of love and chaos to our lives, and we truly wouldn’t have it any other way. People ask if we’re done. I tell them I’m 95% sure we are, but I tend not to say “never.” However, my cousin just had her 2nd child yesterday and looking at his sweet face must’ve stuck in my brain, because last night I had a dream that we had a fourth child. It was a girl. And I was terrified. We do not know what the future holds, but we are loving our three littles as much as we can and soaking up their little faces and voices among stops to various restaurants for potty breaks, trips down the basement stairs on tricycles (yikes!), swimming lessons, dance recitals, bedtime books, runny noses, ear infections, sibling squabbles, chubby hands reaching for the baby, and on and on and on.
Another change since my last post is that I have also changed positions within my school building. I continue to teach at St. Wenceslaus School, however, I made the decision to accept a 6th grade (middle school!) literature and language arts position for the previous school year and completely LOVED it. Those of you who know me personally know at heart, I am a reader and a writer. This position allows me to focus on those two loves and combine it with my love of learning and educating and viola! My perfect job. My students and I had the best year in 2017-2018, and I am anxious to begin another new school year in the fall.
My baby monitor tells me I am about to have a writing partner this morning, so this is where I’ll leave you. Thank you for reading, thank you for sticking with me, and here’s to hoping this is the first of many new blog posts. Happy Wednesday! -M