I got up at 6:00 am, although I had been awake since 5 am. I sat in my bed and read my devotions from my Bible app. I love having that Bible app. Then I got dressed while encouraging Jennifer to keep moving. I had given the older two their hugs and kisses for the day before the left out the door at O dark 30 to catch the bus. I put on my "uniform", i.e. jeans and a shirt that will at some point have spit up, or baby peas or yogurt or who knows what on it by the end of the day. I did not make coffee as I was running behind. I slogged through my morning, decidedly noncaffeinated. We left the house for Jennifer's school at about 7:20. She was super excited because they were having a dance party first thing in the morning. I have no idea how kids have the energy for a dance party at 7;45, but I digress. Jennifer and I sat in the car rider line chatting away and just enjoying some one on one time. When the bell rang the car rider line moved and I dropped off my daughter with lots of love and kisses and good day wishes. She looked back over her shoulder and flashed me the sign language I love you. That, honestly, never gets old.
I made a pit stop at my local Speedway to get coffee. Ah, yes, it took a 20-ounce cup. I needed lots and lots of coffee. Off I drove to work, my last day as a working Mom for the foreseeable future. I drove and prayed and praised. Sometimes, I have had long prayer moments with God while I drive to work. It takes about 30 minutes. Other times, it was just a short chat and a thank you. I didn't have any crazy drivers in my way yesterday. Somedays, I compete with drivers who obviously got their driver's license out of a cracker jack box.I just say a prayer when I see it, for their safety and all those around them.
After I arrived at work, I stopped at the coffee house and purchased myself the most delectable cranberry muffin known to mankind. The coffee house connected to the Preschool has such good food. Their brown sugar pecan scone, oh my word, it is out of this world. Okay, okay enough, I am hungry. LOL
My day began as my little charges began to arrive. One was absent and we had two teachers out with one that left early. IT was A CRAZY last day. I changed diapers, fed babies, danced, read stories, gave kisses and lots and lots of cuddles. Nap time didn't go well as most of them were not in a napping mood. I love those babies. I have enjoyed working there. The final kiddo was picked up at 2:45 and I gave my hugs to my co-workers. I held it together...then got in my car and sobbed.
I know this was the right step to take, but I will miss the kids and the friends I have made. I am going to sub on occasion but I was surprised by the deep emotion that I felt. I have some beautiful memories working there.
I left work and drove to pick up Hannah from tutoring. Now, we have this issue where she is supposed to have her phone, fully charged and in her backpack so I can text her that I am in the parking lot. For the umpteenth million time, she did not do that. I went and knocked on the school door and finally, she came out. I don't think she heard the knock, no one came but she and I are going to have to come to a better understanding about the phone.
It was now 3:45 and I had to be across town to pick up Jennifer from her after school activity at 4. I made it with a couple minutes to spare. I gave hugs to her Good News Club leaders because it was Jennifer's last Good News Club since she is graduating elementary school this year. Yep, I was feeling it, after already being emotional. I did keep my composure and did not embarrass her by crying all over her leaders, LOL.
From there we went to the grocery store to pick up milk, bread, and the like. I decided on hot dogs for dinner. We eat Hebrew national and only have them on occasion because I am not a big fan. The kids like them on occasion.
Finally, arrived home, unloaded the groceries, kids, backpacks and sat down for a few minutes.
At 5:30 I started the dinner making process. Burned my finger just a bit and then we had supper. After supper, the kids cleaned up and I went and took a shower, got ready for bed and watched some tv. Mike had a call out, and the kids stayed up late. I had a fitful night last night and dreamed some really disturbing dreams, and woke up and prayed, and prayed and prayed some more.
So, today a new day begins. The kids are off for Good Friday and I am sitting here at almost 11 and still in my pajamas.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Posted by Thelma Strobl at 9:40 AM