Prior to having kids I always knew I wanted to be a stay at home mom. My mother has been one my whole life and I knew I wanted to give that to my kids (I'm sure I appreciate it more now than I did growing up :). So when G was born and we moved to TN we adjusted to life with me at home. I never gave any thought to going back to work. "The plan" always included 3 children so I figured I would be home for a while.
Recently I felt God leading me to consider looking for something to do beyond my current home and church responsibilities. I didn't know if it would be looking for a job of some sort or going back to school, but I told Him I was willing but it had to be something that would work with the boys and A's schedule.
Well, a couple of months ago I was presented with the idea of teaching at a local preschool. It had been suggested in the past, but the timing wasn't right. Since both boys could attend this year, I began to seriously consider it.
After what seemed like a long wait, I was officially offered and accepted the job of teaching the 3 year old class. We're in our second week and it's going well. I have a great group of kids!!
Our only issue has to do with nap time. Since the school day is from 7:45-2:00 nap time is included in the schedule. Reed is struggling with getting used to sleeping in a room with 9 other kids. Thankfully, the school is across the street from our church so Anthony has been able to take him home at lunch time. We're praying he gets better since it's not the ideal scenario!
I'm excited about this new opportunity although I struggle just as much with guilt. I feel like I'm putting more time into preparing for other people's children and not as much in preparing activities for my own. It's kind of like a doctor who would send his kids to another one rather than checking them out himself. For now though, with a 2 and 4 year old, this two day a week job is perfect!