On our second Friday off in May, I had the privilege of being the speaker at the Education Commissioning Ceremony at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
I was extremely excited to be able to share some of my thoughts on being a teacher with all of the new education graduates, but I was also extremely nervous!
This post is the speech that I gave and I apologize for it being a bit long and without pictures.
Thank you so much for the honor of speaking at this year’s Education Commissioning Ceremony. It seems as though it was only moments ago that I was in your place; excited about becoming a “real” teacher, nervous about finding my first job, but mostly, just relieved to have finally finished my portfolio. Congratulations to those of you who have made it this far. You have accomplished so much.
As I thought about what I wanted to share with you today, I could not help but ask myself what I would have wanted, or even more importantly, what I would have needed to hear as a college graduate looking to become a new teacher. What truths served, and still serve, as anchors for me along my journey as a teacher? What are those things that I have held on to when the going gets tough, the days are long and the homework that needs to be graded just keeps piling higher and higher? Because it is during these times, that if there is nothing to hold on to, then this profession that we call teaching seems all too impossible.
Truth #1: God will place you just where He needs you.
School has finally ended and summer break has begun! The final month of school is always a bit crazy and this year was no exception.
I intended to get this post out much sooner, but what do you know, I didn’t have time…or energy…and Mr. Torres and I have been sharing the laptop because his computer broke and a new game was just released and that means that I’ve been spending more time reading magazines than typing blog posts. A new computer has been ordered.
But back to the topic of this blog post.
We somehow managed to make it through the school year without using any of our built-in snow days and, therefore, were blessed with having every Friday off in May.
Four day work weeks are nice…
But it’s the three day weekends that really take the cake!
For my first Friday off in May, I visited my littlest sister who lives in Louisiana.
Much to our disappointment, Mr. Torres and I got the call on Monday that we did not have the winning bid on our house
Or, rather, THE house.
Which has now become SOMEONE ELSE’S house.
We were sad, but, really, we made our bid, said our prayers and now we have to stick to the fact that we believed that if it was God’s will for us to have the house, then it would be ours.
And if it wasn’t God’s will, then we wouldn’t win.
So now, we’re just looking forward to what He has in store for us!
Aaaannnnddd, on a completely unrelated (and less disappointing) note…
I made a new wreath today.
I was really liking it until I was looking at the pictures and now I feel like it might be a bit bottom heavy.
This one may need a makeover already, but it will work for now:)