Thursday was my last day to teach at the Academy.
I wanted to hug all the kids about a dozen times.
I had to work at not crying.
I was so blessed to receive a beautiful rose bush and a gift card to our favorite restaurant.
The best gift however was this quilt and pillows
I was presented it at the 8th grade promotion.
It is made up of Bible verses and notes from my various students.
Not just this year, but from every year I’ve taught.
My oldest daughter even got in touch with one of my students who lives in another state.
The sweet lady who was my aid this year pieced it and another of the teachers was the one who had the kids work on it, and a third lady quilted it.
To add a special touch my life chapter is the center: Psalm 23.
I asked her how she knew.
She laughed. “I was there the morning Travis asked you what your life verse was and you said, ‘It’s a life chapter, Psalm 23, because I just can’t break it up, it all fits together. ‘”
I had forgotten about that moment, but she hadn’t.
My Anne looked at me when I laid the quilt and pillows on the bed.
“Mom, you need to take a picture. You need to write a blog about how blessed you are.”
The beautiful quilt is only a tiny representation of the blessings I’ve had working these last 8 years.
I have been so blessed to spend many days with the most terrific people.
Each and every one of my students I have had the privilege to know and love.
The lesson were more than just reading and writing, but character and wisdom.
They have taught me so much.
I have a beautiful long list of the memories of each student.
Some I only taught a year, but each has left a blessing on my heart, even those who were a challenge.
I have been so honored to work with so many talented gifted people.
People who ignite the imagination of the students.
I have been thrilled to watch the young adults graduate and move on, some even beginning new families.
The truth is I haven’t been working these past 8 years.
I’ve been living with the joy of doing something I love.
I’ve been drawn ever closer to Jesus.
I’ve been taught, stretched, encouraged, and loved.
It has been an absolute pleasure.
Please hold each of the children in Your hand. Please guide each family. Continue the work You began in each heart that these young men and women will be able to fully develop into the men and women of Christ You created them to be. Watch over them and protect them. Please let them know how much they are loved. Thank You for allowing me to have a tiny part in their lives. Thank You for letting me love them!