From left to right:
To Emilee, who corrects my Spelling books every Wednesday and is always popping in to make sure I’m making it through the day. I have appreciated your help and kindness this semester more than you. If God sent you to Bolivia just to help me make it through, I think it was worth it (although He has sent you for so much more).
To DPo, my lunch buddy and person I can always vent to. Thank you for being there to talk, thank you for being so tranquila. Thanks for letting me make fun of your Spanish. Thanks for letting me invite myself over to hang out. Gracias por buen tiempos!
To Ally, literacy specialist and good friend. I love looking at your painting that is in my room, remembering that God has me right where He called me and that He will take me to right where He wants me. Thank you for sitting with me and figuring out how I can help my kids. Thank you for listening to me and giving me suggestions about helping myself. I have loved seeing your passion this year and look forward to serving with you this summer.
And finally, to Laura, the world’s best principal. Thank you for Peanut Butter M&Ms when life is hard. Thank you for always listening. Thank you for being for me. You made teaching so enjoyable for me. Your wisdom kept me from losing my mind. Your peace in my storms has kept me going. Your godly example with my kids has made me smile so many times. I respect you so very much, and I hope God makes me more like you, His servant. Thank you especially for holding my hand in my first weeks and months of teaching. I needed it so much. You shine as a principal. You should be one next year!
Last one: Thank you Ellen. Thank you for listening to my fears, thank you for the work that you put into my classroom before we even knew who my students were. Thank you for giving me advice, for understanding what I was going through. Thank you for Skyping with me weekly, encouraging me with your words and your stories. I can’t wait to see you face-to-face soon!
So, this is not my typical thank you post, but I wanted to recognize these wonderful people.
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
- Philippians 1:3-4