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Christmas Card Picture

This is our Christmas Card photo for 2010.  Tom isn't really thrilled with it (he doesn't like Thomas's eyes) but I think the photographer, Angela Maggard, did a terrific job.  The picture came from our cousins photo shoot in October.  

I'm currently working on putting that blog post into a photobook for my children and nieces this Christmas.

I had my LAST CLASS for the semester last night.  I also turned in my LAST PAPER for the semester when I got home from class.  I have a final next Thursday.  I'm crazy.  Instead of feeling elated when I hit the "submit" button for my paper at midnight I felt. . .you won't believe it because I don't. . .empty.  I mentioned this to Tom this morning and he said "I believe it".  Does he know me better than I know myself?

I subbed every day that we had school this week.  Monday, 6th grade math.  Tuesday was a snow day.  Wednesday I was my daughter's third grade teacher.  Thursday I was back in the same 6th grade math classroom.  Today I was a freshman social studies teacher at the high school.  I love/hate what I do.  I love, love, love teaching. . .I hate the inconsistency of subbing, not knowing the kids, being in different schools all the time.  I don't like babysitting like I did today.  It frustrates me to give busy work and expect goodness.  Really, isn't there a better way to educate our children?

I noticed when I went in to create this post that it's my 100th post.  I think that's supposed to be a big deal :)  I very much enjoy blogging but have not had the time to do it these past months.  School really kicked my butt.  A 3-4 page paper every week.  A 2-page report on Tennessee's Race to the Top.  Three 2-pg book reports.  A 10-pg research paper (which I'm  pretty sure wasn't read).  The first three chapters of my graduate theses (27 pages).  That was read but didn't get a grade proportional to the effort put in.  And now a final on Thursday.  Plus I've (blessedly) worked/subbed almost every day for the last two months.  Whew! 

My kids have four days of school left.  But bad weather is predicted Sunday so we'll see.

I still have my job at the YMCA and they have given me a lot of grace these last months to finish up my school work.  But now I need to get back on that horse. . .they are expecting 2 crafts/week for the older kids.  I enjoy that part of the job -- and have found some good ideas!  I'll share links when I have another few minutes.

The kids are home!  The *best* role I have is MOTHER.  God has richly blessed me!

I am linking up to Company Girls today.  Head on over to visit if you can!


  1. Wow, so much on the plate. But during these times, it is a blessing to have work. I subbed as a PreK teacher but that's totally not the same as what you do. But I know what you mean about the love/hate. When I was applying for my teaching credentials I did some student teaching at my old elementary school...across the hall from my old (she's not really that old) 3rd grade teacher. I went in there but there was a sub. I talked to her and it seemed like she was just subbing for extra cash. She was a student going to get her astronomy degree or something like that. So these subs are taking away from subs who actually care for the students to be educated. Anyhow, we can just go on and on about the school systems I guess. Good job on finishing the semester, and enjoy the holidays with your beautiful family.

  2. I totally hear what you are saying -- I was a teacher before I had my 2 babies. Then, I started teaching part time at a local college (teaching teachers). Anyway, all that to say, I can definitely hear where you are coming from. I appreciate your honesty and your heart. (And by the way, I totally think you are awesome for subbing -- I would have been very bad at that).

    Happy 100th post and I hope to see you soon!

  3. I think my son could relate...he just defended his doctral thesis yesterday , successfully, and today he's took him almost 3 years to write his thesis....I was bothered that he was depressed but from what you said maybe this is normal..kind of liike the let down the day after Christmas!


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