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A Year In The Life

Something I wrote yesterday was supposed to turn into a blog post for today, but as it turns out, I’m kind of tired. I blame being out in the sun for several hours. So instead, let me tell you about how today made me extremely happy.

This afternoon, we went to a first birthday party, but not just any first birthday party. This was the first birthday of the foster child we brought home from the hospital last May when he was only 2 days old.

He was such a small, fragile baby – 5 pounds 13 ounces at birth. For the first few weeks, my husband and I were terrified of breaking him. We took care of him for the first 5 months of his life.

The first two months are a groggy blur, but things definitely picked up in the last three. I couldn’t get enough of seeing him smile and hearing him laugh. At the end of our 5 months together, he was placed with his uncles in California.

Having to give him up was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through in my entire life, but I’m thankful his new dads have kept in touch through photos, Facetime, and occasional trips to Austin since the CPS case is ongoing.

A year later, he is as healthy as can be and weighs about 24 pounds. No fear of breaking him now! At this point he only weighs a few pounds less than our current foster daughter who is a few months past her 2nd birthday.

He may no longer be our baby, but he is still a part of our lives and our hearts. Being able to see him today to celebrate his first birthday put a smile on my face for hours. Here’s to many, many more birthdays to come.


It’s My Birthday, And I’ll Blog If I Want To

It really is my birthday. Whereas the argument could be made that there are worse Mondays than the one I shared yesterday, no one can dispute that today is my birthday, nor the fact that I have chosen to blog.

This blogging challenge has been an amazing experience for getting me to write more on my blog. I haven’t really planned too much about what I’m going to write about. I basically let my mood take me each time I sit down at my computer. As a result, I’ve been surprised by some of the topics I’ve gravitated towards as well as the amount of writing I’ve ended up doing.

The drawback is that it’s been somewhat intellectually and emotionally draining. I still have several important topics (to me at least) that I want to touch on, but I’ve been feeling a bit wiped out the past few days. It doesn’t help that my writing has taken away from my usual leisure time and led to some later than usual nights. Thankfully my husband has been supportive despite not getting to spend as much time with me as usual. He’s the best.

So what to write about today? A friend of mine talked at lunch today about coming up with a 5 year plan. I’ve entertained the thought of a 5 year plan before, but I’ve never set pen to paper. However, seeing as it’s my birthday, it’s a perfect time to reflect on where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’d like to go.

In this post, I’m going to stick to mostly talking about where I’d like to go because at some point tonight I’d like to go to bed.

For the past year or so I’ve been thinking about how I’d like to go back to public education at some point in the future. So why not envision how that would work in the next five years?

While I would love to be an instructional coach for a year or two, I think the job I’d like to work towards is becoming a principal. The funny thing is when I was a teacher, I couldn’t fathom becoming a principal. It sounded terrible. You didn’t get to teach kids, and you had to deal with all the discipline issues and parent issues that come up every day. Why would anyone subject themselves to that?

But over the past 5 years, my views have changed. (This is part of the “where I’ve been” that I’m going to gloss over in this post tonight.) Going back to teaching, while satisfying in many ways, would be going back to what I’ve already done. Going back to become a principal feels like moving forward. I’ve realized that I want a role that is larger than just one classroom. I want to help steer the ship of an entire school. It terrifies me in some ways, and I know it would be challenging, but that’s what I’m drawn to. Why do something easy?

It’s a good thing this is a 5 year plan, because I can’t start right away. My husband is currently in school and has about another year left. The earliest I could start a principal certification program would be fall of 2015. That gives me a year to find a program and submit an application.

I’m thinking of enrolling in the program at Texas State University. Because I already have a Master’s degree, they’ll let me take a lighter course load to get my certification. As much as I think I would learn a lot in any class I would take, I will gladly accept a shorter program if it saves me money. College tuition is not cheap!

If I’m lucky, the program will only take me up to 2 years. That puts me at 3 years into my plan. So then I guess those last two years I could be working my first job as an assistant principal somewhere?

It all sounds so easy! I love painting my future in broad strokes. There are plenty of small details in there that I need to work out, but that’s the rough plan I have in my head. The important thing will be refining it sooner rather than later. The last thing I want is to “all of a sudden” be turning 42 five years from now wondering when I’m finally going to make a clear plan for my future. Considering how quickly time flies the older I get, the more that’s a real possibility and not just a joke.