Natalie's New Adventures

Hey friends! I thought I'd share a little something from my heart today and post a little update about what's new with me. 

I'll start at the beginning...

Teaching is my passion and I believe that I was born to be a teacher. I taught 5th grade for 7 years and loved every second. However, when my second child came along, it became too difficult to teach full-time, so I found a half-time position at another school where I could job share. I did that for 3 years and absolutely loved it. However, after my 3rd child came along, I started feeling like I was being pulled in too many directions. 

(My 3 cuties!)

Fast forward a little bit and this summer I had a moment where I realized I couldn't be a good teacher and a good mom anymore. There were a lot of factors that lead to this decision, but the final  decision was made when I went to sign my daughter up for preschool and realized I had no way of dropping her off or picking her up from school. I had to do a lot of soul searching to figure out what was best for me and my family, but in the end, I came to the conclusion that I just needed to take a break from teaching. It was a happy moment as a mom because I could finally be at home with my kids, but I was also very sad because I was giving up something that I loved very much.

(The day I signed my resignation papers, I just cried and cried. It was so hard to make it official!)

(The day I finished packing up my room. So many emotions: sad, happy, scared and excited all in one.)

Now I'm half way through this school year and I am loving being home. I thought I'd have a lot of extra time on my hands to blog and work on TPT, but it turns out that being a stay at home mom all day is a lot harder than you think. (Seriously, it's so much busier than I ever imagined. Ha!) I still really miss teaching and having that special relationship with a class full of students, but I love knowing that I'm helping my own kids learn and grow at home. 

Do I miss it? 

Yes!! So much!! But I know I'll go back to teaching some day, and right now I'm in the place I need to be. 

So, besides being a mom, what else is new?

My daughter and I are doing a neighborhood co-op preschool 2 days each week. I only have to teach a few days each month and love that I still have the opportunity to teach! 

(I converted our extra bedroom downstairs into an office/preschool room. This is my happy place and I absolutely love having this space!)

(I found this awesome table on Amazon.)

I joined PTA and School Community Council. I wanted a way to volunteer and feel involved at my son's school. I'm also a room mom for my son's 1st grade class. It's a lot of fun planning parties for the kids in his class!

I started a little social media business, where I do VA (virtual assistant) work for a few of my blogger friends. It's a fun way for me to bring in a little extra income to make up for not teaching anymore.

Recently I was asked to be the leader (Primary President) of my church youth group. I am now in charge of approximately 100 kids and 20 teachers every Sunday. It's been a big job, but also a lot of fun to spend so much time with the kids in my church. 

Even though I'm not teaching, I am definitely staying very busy as you can see. I'm excited to share some more of my ideas with you as I create resources for preschool and continue to update my TeachersPayTeachers store

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melissa smith said...

Primary is tough but also rewarding. You will be blessed for putting your family first. #familiesareforever

Christina Peterson said...

Thank you for sharing this!! I have taken a family leave this year to be home with my one-year-old (have a 6-year-old in school) and LOVE it but yes, miss teaching so much! My plan is return this fall but you have me wondering. I would teach part-time if the option was available. It's so hard to balance being a good mom and good teacher- I wonder how in the world all my teacher mom friends do it because I just struggle!

Erin Eberhart said...

I love everything about this post!! I, too, have decided to stay at home this year and it was filled with so many emotions. I thought I would have all this time to work on TpT but, boy was I wrong!! I wouldn't trade it for the world my Momma has always said, "Cobwebs be quiet, dust go to sleep...I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep." Savor every moment. They grow up TOO fast!!!

Susan K. said...

I stayed home for nine years ~ toward the end, I knew it was time to go back to work. You're right - staying home with three little ones is a HUGE amount of work ~ much harder than teaching; and no weekends or days off or sick days...Good for you for making this decision!

Jen R said...

You have such a big heart - to share in so many ways... no way could you not still be so involved and passionate! God just took you in a different direction for a while. <3 They are very lucky to have you.

Dee said...

I stayed home for 16 years before going back. I missed teaching, but I don't regret the years at home with my children.

Cally said...

My girls were saying the other day - "I wish Mrs. Crockett was still at Meadow"". Just know this kiddos miss you :)

buzzer said...

I was a stay at home mom for quite awhile when we relocated. I had a hard time finding a position but was back st it 10 years later. It was worth every minute! Blessings to you Natalie!

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