Monday, August 30, 2010

22 little blessings

Today starts the second week of 4th grade... our first FULL week.

I have some amazing kids in my class, and also some challenges.  Any teacher will tell you that sounds lie every single class they ever had.

I found myself getting frustrated today, but I had to stop and remind myself, that these are 22 blessings for me.

Several weeks ago, we started looking at our bank account, to see if it was possible to jump right in with our home study and down payment as soon as we are approved, or if we needed to wait a bit to save up some more cash.

It was going to be tight.

We could do it, but it would have drained a lot of our savings, and we kinda have gotten used to the cushion (our 'emergency fund' for you Dave Ramsey followers).

Trav mentioned how helpful it would be if I could sub a lot, just to help build it up, but if anyone has subbed, you are kinda at the mercy of the school system and what their needs are.

We prayed about it for a few weeks, together and separate, and low and behold, God delivered a long term sub position for a maternity leave.  Since I'm a certified teacher, I max out the pay scale for the daily rate, which starts on my 11th day of being in the same class (September 2nd). 

Would any of you be surprised to find out that my total pay for this assignment is within a hundred dollars of our down payment...

meaning, we won't have to pull ANYTHING out of savings...

So, though I don't *love* fourth grade... they are part of my adoption blessing.

(however-it's really hard to remember that when you are writing your first office referral on the 5th day of school!)


  1. As much as it frustrates me when things don't go the way I think they should, I am a firm believer that things do happen for a reason.

    (Now bookmark this post to remind yourself about the importance of this position once you are 30 days in and ready to flay the lot of them. :)

  2. Sometimes things DO fall into place! That's good to be reminded of.

    Sorry you have to deal with those fourth graders, though. ;)

  3. I needed to come back to this post - and my comment (life got in the way or I would have been back sooner) - and let you know that my words got in the way of what I was trying to say...what I wrote made it seem like things weren't going the way they should, what I meant was just the opposite.

    My real thinking is the "reason" is that there is a baby/child out there who is _meant_ to be with you and that the job, the timing of all your paperwork approvals and so on and so forth is just leading you to _that_ child. And I can't wait for you to meet him or her (or them?) and become the great mom you are so obviously meant to be!