I am an educator that no longer has a classroom of my own and so have apparently attempted to recreate the classroom experience by filling my house with 5 kids. I must enjoy noise and chaos because it seems to follow me everywhere in the form of small humans (some who are now not so small actually). I continue to work in the schools as a literacy coach and am blessed to work with some fabulous educators who inspire me in so many ways. Raising kids as an educator is a blessing and a curse for my kids. I like to try and recreate the classroom here with charts and book clubs and fun new research based literacy “stuff”, but unlike in the classroom I have a pretty tough time finishing a book or following through on a chart. Audiobooks are our friend because we actually finish them.
My rocks are my God and my husband and my family who give me energy and strength and direction. Todd and I are lucky to have awesome siblings (and matching awesome siblings-in-law) and parents, including mine who are in town without whom this whole circus might fall apart. I often say I owe the fulfillment of my dream of having a largeish family to my parents and sisters who have picked up my slack and my children. One of the hardest and best things about becoming a parent is that you quickly learn there is no way to do this job without some extra people. I’ve got good ones.
Speaking of good ones…there is Erin. Writing with Erin has always been a dream of mine as we taught and worked and parented together for years. She is referred to in many circles as the other half of my brain. The posts we are writing are things that we have talked about and pondered over as we have raised our kids and our hope is that you will find a community of support here as well as perhaps a chuckle or two. Laughter my favorite tool for getting through THOSE days. Sometimes parenting can be a super lonely job but if we ban together to share our struggles and joys amazing things can happen! We are so happy you have joined us!
Hi, I am Erin. This is what you need to know about me:
I am a former teacher and principal now working as a Professional Development Coordinator. My most important job is as mom to three amazing little people and the wife of the most outstanding man for the past 13 years. I love the outdoors, a great book, time with friends and family. As the youngest of two, my older brother taught be about bravery while my parents instilled great morals and values that I attempt to pass along to my own children. During my college years, as my family faced hard times due to addiction, my friends became like family to me. All I know about strength, courage and perseverance comes from my mother who is a warrior like no other. Amy became my “sister that I never had” 15 years ago. Together we have taught many, had a few of our own and support each other in striving to be good wives, educators, mothers and women of faith. I often say I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up but I hope to write my way there through this blog as I continue to learn from a community of women who, like me, sometimes hide in the closet with coffee.