And that is a wrap for the 2018/2019 school year. 4 kids in 3 schools & it was a great and exhausting year. There were lots of moments of celebration and some tough challenges to over come but the kids did it with lots of encouragement, prayers, & butt kicking from us and the amazing educators in their lives. They attend schools were their friends and teachers are FOR them & seek to know them and this is a huge blessing- one I do not take for granted. These days are exhausting to be sure- especially as I figure out how to live with MS but at the same times they are also fleeting and these babies are growing up so fast. I love capturing these moments because I find myself studying these images and looking back on all that has changed this year.
I went “back to school” too this year by subbing this year at the Jr High & I LOVE it! Working with the teachers & students has been a highlight for me for sure! I have missed Jr Highers so much! The Renaissance Faire this past week was a great event that raised money for a local family’s daughter battling cancer.
Evy’s speech teacher since Kindergarten retired this year & the parents & kids gathered to make sure she knows how much we appreciate her!
this girl with her faces during the awards.
Both the girl’s kindergarten teacher is ALWAY such a source of joy & kindness!!
Rayne’s reading mentor this year was a 5th Grader from our community. She received an award the last day for her leadership, academic excellence, kindness, & community service and I screamed so loud because she gave up her recess many days to invest in Rayne. She might not even know the impact having an older kind, beautiful, & wicked smart young woman of Color pour into Rayne but IT MATTERS so much. Just love these two amazing girls!
We love the leaders & teachers at our schools- they are super heroes who again & again have encouraged our kids! The Special Educator who is also a parent of kids in our school was always willing to step in and help when Rayne needed her. She is a fierce advocate & humble servant of so many kids in our district.
Summer break recap day 1: My kids fought most of the morning because they always forget how to be human the first week of summer break. Then I took Abishai to the dentist & forgot to bring a referral (which apparently was necessary for the appointment) & was the recipient of some serious side eye (it also did not help us that he took his shoes off and decided to lay across the table in the waiting room). We took a Chewie to the dog park & then headed to the pool to meet up with friends (and all of the children insisted on sitting 2 inches from us and begging for snacks) & then we went to another friend’s house to hang out and swim at their pool. My kids ate hot chips and ice cream cake for dinner #whateversboutit & my son had no underwear for his T-ball game because he was in his swim suit all day & I forgot he had a game. Luckily a dear one loaned us some chupi (chupi= underwear in Swahili , you know who you are & you are the real MVP). Then we rolled up late to the Tball game in our swim suits and discovered Rayne had no shoes (an apparent casualty of the day). We are definitely trying to live our best summer life but are a complete hot 🔥mess over here.
The good part is the older I get the less I care about what people think… anyone else?
We have great people in our lives that love us despite & bc of our hot mess-ness.
Bring it on summer (ask me again in August),