My heart and my mind have been focused on the migrant families and children that have been trying to enter our country. I've been thinking about how bad things must be in their homeland to make them leave and go on the dangerous journey to America, hoping they would find safety, security, and peace in our country. I think about how desperate they much be to leave their home and all they have ever known. I think about the fear and the panic and the pain they must feel to be separated from one another and locked up. I've called and emailed and written letters. I've donated money. I've cried my eyes out. None of it feels like enough. So I've taken today to hug my baby James just a bit tighter. I've taken a break from the news. I've been trying to take a moment to breathe. Because self-care is so vital in this path of resistance. I've also been doing some quiet reflection about how I can make my new class of children feel safe, welcome, valued, and LOVED. #keepfamiliestogether #resist #teachermom
Four years ago I married this wonderful man of mine. He is funny, kind, thoughtful, and hard-working. I love spending my days with him and I love watching him be an amazing dad to our little boy. He keeps me grounded during all the craziness that life throws at us. I'm so blessed to have him in my life. 💙💜 I'm excited to see where this move and fresh starts takes us. New job, new place to live, and new beginnings.
James and I went to the polling place to vote this morning. He decided to be my little assistant by eating the sample ballot 😆. You have to teach them young to appreciate and value the right to vote. #voting #votingmatters #votingday #teachthemyoung
I am forever grateful for this sweet little guy that made me a mommy. I didn't know that I could love someone as much as I love him and my life is so much fuller with him in it... it is also messier, more exhausting, and crazier than ever before. But he is worth it all. He has taught me so much about selflessness, patience, joy, and love in his 9 months of life. I love having the honor of watching him grow and explore the world. 💜
How am I able to go grocery shopping with the baby? I let him hold stuff. In this case, he decided my wallet made a yummy teether. Whatever, at least we have food. #parentingwin #sweetbabyjames #thoseblueeyesthough
So it's official... We are moving to central California. After lots of careful thought, I have accepted a teaching position in the central California valley. The reality is that Los Angeles is just too expensive and the teaching job market is so competitive here that we didn't have much of a choice. I have applied to over 2 dozen districts in LA, Orange County, and San Diego and it feels impossible to get my foot in the door with any of them unless I want to sub. And sub pay wouldn't even cover childcare. So when this opportunity to move came up, we did our research for the area and the pay would be comparable to what I would make here in LA but the housing costs are so much cheaper. We could get a bigger place and build our savings again and James can grow up in a family that isn't living paycheck to paycheck. So.... we are moving. As someone that hates change and avoids it at all costs, I am terrified. But I know in my heart that this is the right thing to do. Worst case scenario is we hate it and move back after a year. All this change is a lot. I have no clue what grade I'll be teaching. I don't yet know where we will live. And don't even have me start thinking about driving 4.5 hours away with a cat in the car. It's going to be nuts. But sometimes you have to take the risk, embrace the change, and jump.... trusting that God and the Universe will give you safe landing. #takerisks #bebrave
As a creature of habit, one of the things I resist the most is change. But for me and my family, change is on the rise. I'm terrified of it but also really excited about the new opportunities that will come with it. But sometimes you just have to close your eyes and jump, trusting that God and the Universe will give you a safe place to land.
James had his 9 month well baby check up today. His favorite part of any doctor's visit is ripping up the thin, crinkly paper on the exam table. #sweetbabyjames