Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Progress Report

Did I ever tell you I love my job?
I've switched classes, and I still love my job.
It feels amazing to walk into a room, and have little, upturned faces light up when they see you.

"Miss Caitlin, are you gonna be our new teacher? Forever?"
"Yeah... something like!"
"Oh! ...For ALL OF THE DAYS?!"
Yes, Avery. For all of the days.

So far, the 3 year old class has been great. Of course, it could just be luck - they haven't all been there at once. So, we'll see how it is with all of them soon. Hopefully it won't be more trouble. Although I've come to understand that it usually is. But they all like me pretty well, and we have lots of fun.

I'm not always patient and sugary, though.

"Miss Caitlin, I can't seeeee!!"
"Yes you can. I know you can. Be quiet and let me read."

"Miss Caitlin, I don't want these crackers."
"I don't care. Just leave them."

"AAAAAH! he pushed me!"
"No he didn't. You'll get over it. Go play."

**random noise in general**
"Augh! What is up with you guys?! CHILL!"

But they don't seem to like me any the less for it.

Went out on the playground today. (oh, blessed playground!)
Jessica and the two year olds were out, too. Hayden (who pretty much loved me and didn't like Jessica this year) grinned SO big when he saw me. Jessica said she wanted me back. lol She was probably going crazy by herself in there. She had been worried about Hayden since I wasn't there, but she said he did great! So proud of him. Without really any reason to be. Haha!

When my babies left the playground, they stopped at the gate, and wouldn't go to the door. Jessica said "Miss Caitlin, they're trying to tell you to come in with us!" The sweet little dears. Yesterday, Ben came over to the 3's class, gave me a hug, and said "Now come back to your class!"

I'm SO happy I still get to be with them on Thursday. And it's extra nice that the Thursday class was my favorite anyways, right? :D Yay!

How cool is this? I'm having a blast, feeling loved and needed, playing with little kids, and getting paid for it.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Final Answer

Thanks so much to everyone who prayed for me.
I have the best friends ever. You guys mean so much to me.

Last night, I went to bed undecided, but knowing I needed to decide soon. I couldn't just leave Mrs. Nancy hanging, right?
This morning, I woke up and felt very decided.
It's not like there was the moment where I had to say "okay, eeny meeny miny mo, I pick you." I just woke up and knew that I had the answer. Which was pretty cool. :)

I didn't get a chance to talk to her at work this morning, as she was very busy with the 3 year old class, so I called her this afternoon. She was SO relieved, and said it was such a blessing that I took the position. I think it was going to be pretty hard for her to find somebody else.

You are now reading the words of Miss Caitlin - lead teacher of a class of 10 (it is 10, isn't it, mother?) Three Year Olds.
And I'm not dreading it.
God is good.

Speaking of which, I just finished listening to the Radio Theater dramatized presentation of Corrie TenBoom's The Hiding Place. It was amazing. I still plan to read the book, of course, but the drama was great. It made doing laundry a lot more interesting. lol. So - highly recommended. And thanks to the Looneys for giving it to us.

My new, brilliant plan is to always have something to listen to in my personal CD player, and keep it in the utility room, so that I will actually do the laundry. Listening to the Hiding Place was so great, I was finished before I knew it.

I sound like an advertisement.

As a final note, Moon Pies are delicious. Double Decker Moon Pies are super-delicious. Microwaved Double Decker Moon Pies are scrumptious. And I am leaving you now to fetch one.

Oh, and congratulations to my bestest Sarah, who got a job!

Fare thee Well. :)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Tough Decision

Most of you know I work at the church-run preschool in town.
My mom teaches the 3 year old class, and I assist in the 2 year old class.
I love, love, love my job. I get to see my adorable boys 4 days a week. (The girls are cute, too....) I love the kids. We have lots of fun, when they're not being crazy, and Jessica and I aren't being impatient. Which isn't quite as frequent as I'd like for it to be, but anyways. Point is, I love my job.

But my dear mother is having to quit hers.
And everyone seems to think that I would be the best substitute. Pretty much everyone has suggested it already. And you know, I agree with them.
I know her ways, I would be capable. I'm acquainted with the kids, and I'm pretty well equipped to handle it. Mama talked to our boss tonight, and she does plan on offering me the position.
Problem is, I don't WANT to teach her class! I don't really like her kids. I love mine.
3 year olds.... They're not horrible, but I like my babies better.
If I take her position, which is only 3 days a week, I'll probably still get to work with Jessica on the 4th day. -which is nice... I'd also be making more than 20 dollars more per week. -which is also nice.

But I just don't want to. I like my class! **pouty face**
But I feel like I ought to.
Like it would be the right thing to do.
But I don't want to!


I haven't posted in forever, and now my poor decision making skills are what drives me to blog again.

Anyways, I'd love it if you guys would just say a short prayer for me - a little note from God that says "okay, Caitlin., just do this." would be nice. Like I said, I feel like I ought to take the position. ... I just don't wanna. I don't think it would make me miserable, I'm just comfortable where I am.

Now. I've posted, and have nothing further to say on this topic, and nothing pressing to say on any others. It is my bedtime, ergo my departure.

Princess Caitlin