Tuesday, January 17, 2012


So here I am - the last week of employment by the University I have worked at for the last 12 years. Actually, 11 years and 51 weeks, but who's counting? It has been a blessing to work where I have. It has provided a college education to my four daughters. There is no other way we could have done that. We never imagined how we would send our girls to college - but as we have learned over and over again, God ALWAYS provides. It has been a place of peace. Working in a Christian environment is amazingly different that working in the secular workplace. I know this because I have done both. It has been a place of friendliness. I have worked with and for quality people of the utmost integrity. Feeling appreciated, valued and important has been a very good thing.

But I am so ready to move on.

One of the things I have struggled with the most is giving the best time of my day to things that don't really matter in the long run. By that I mean, my job could be done by most anyone. And the clerical duties I was responsible for didn't really make much of a difference to anyone else. I didn't make a difference in anyone's life. But that is all about to change!

I won't be sitting behind a desk anymore. I won't be entering line after line of test scores or grades or classes into a computer system. I won't be scheduling or proctoring or emailing anymore.

Instead I will be solely responsible for the care and feeding of my four precious grandbabies. I will have two 3 year olds, a 1 year old and a 10 month old depending on me for everything.

I will be holding a morning pre-school for the 3 year olds. I have had the most fun planning my curriculum and purchasing school supplies. The internet has been a huge source of ideas and plans and who knew the Dollar Store had so many teacher supplies? My teacher-daughters have been educating me in the ways of teaching letter sounds and using correct words for shapes. Apparently the shape I have always known as a diamond is now called a rhombus. I guess I will be learning right along with the kids! I'm so thankful for my daughter's help because I sure don't want to damage Tyler's and Ava's intellect before they even get to first grade!

Monday morning, bright and early, I will be reporting to my new job. I will be wearing my yoga pants and slippers. I will be bringing my knitting to enjoy during afternoon nap time. I will bring my little dog with me to work every day. I will be ready for lots of hugs and kisses from little people.

It will be a new day!


Becky said...

When I was in college I babysat for a 3 year old girl and taught her that PURPLE was called "GRAPLE" as in grapes. She got in trouble for that when she started school. I thought it very funny. Ironic that I went on to become a teacher.

I am so excited for you. I assume you are going to their house instead of them coming to yours. I cannot even imagine the joy this stage of life is going to bring. So so happy for you and for how amazing God has been to provide an education for all your girls. One of those, "I'm just not that smart to think of it," things.

m&m said...

I am so excited for you and for your grandbabies! I know that you will enjoy every moment and they will grow all the more as their Mia teaches them :)

Dawn said...

One week short of your anniversary, huh? Interesting. I loved working at CSU, even though it wasn't a Christian atmosphere. I did feel like I made a difference in the lives of the MSW students and applicants. I loved that. But the last 5 years weren't so hot with a new boss who didn't value me as my wonderful first one did. God knew when I needed to be done, and I've been with the kiddoes ever since. I have to say, though, that I am not all that organized and teaching them. I've been thinking a lot about the need for the twins to be a bit more structured, but so far it hasn't happened. I'm just so tired.

Have fun, and hope you have time to blog once in awhile. I wish I could think of something to write about! My post post was the twins' birthday party news

Renna said...

Sounds like the most rewarding job imaginable; and how many jobs out there include hugs & cuddles? Hooray for you!

Dawn said...

I forgot to tell you last time I was here that I love your new picture.

I'll will need a new e-address for you since you have only one day more of work! Wow. I remember my last day like it was yesterday.

Thanks for your promise of prayer - it means so much to me. I have to say that I do enjoy going to the gym and exercising when I don't have to contend with this dumb boot. Hopefully soon!

Bidet said...

There's no other rewarding feeling than be with your kids, and see them grow each and every day. Cheers to a dear mom like you! :)