One of the Greatest Blessings in my Life

UnknownThe last few weeks have been filled with anticipation at school – we (students, teachers, parents) were eagerly awaiting the end of middle school for our “graduates” – the end of homework, tests, grading, getting up early – the discipline involved in every day.  Well, last night, our 7th graders had their closing ceremony and reception.  It was beautiful and magnificent – from the mass to the elegant farewell party and walk down memory lane.

As I was leaving the reception, my heart was completely overcome with gratitude for being blessed to have the best job in the world!  I have been given the gift of having a job that I truly love to go to everyday.  I realize that most people cannot say that.  To have just a tiny part in educating a young mind and soul is a tremendous responsibility and treasure at the same time.  The kids have given so much more to me over the years than I could have possibly given to them – just in being themselves – precious people made in the image and likeness of God – EVEN when they have not acted so “precious.”

Ironically, I hated school as a child – from first to twelfth grades.  Things didn’t get better for me until I got to college.  I think that subconsciously – and maybe even consciously sometimes – I set out to try to make the classroom a much better place for my students than it was for me.  God allowed me to have that terrible experience as a child to shape me my teaching today.  I only hope that I will be able to retire before I get cranky!  I never want it to be said of me that, “she should have quit a long time ago.”

My niece, who I am so proud of, is studying to be a teacher.  I hope that she will love it as much as I have loved it!  I can’t think of a better way to spend my life (outside of being a wife and mother, of course!)  Thank you, Jesus!!

About danardoyle

I am a Catholic, working wife and mother. I have three children ages 14, 20 and 27. I am extremely busy, as you can imagine. I aim each and every day to put God first in my life, to teach my children the Faith, to be a supportive spouse, keep the house in order, and do my job outside of the home well, too. That's an impossible task - without Divine intervention! Here, I hope to share my triumphs and struggles with other working moms in the same boat. I will share the tools I have discovered to making it all work - most days!
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