Not so long ago, there was a girl who dreamed of changing the world, one illiterate child at a time. And, on her way to fulfilling her dream, with a little hard work, that 20-something successfully graduated from college with a degree in Elementary Education.
However, after embracing an opportunity to teach kindergarten in a low-income community, she experienced a very rude awakening. With very little teaching happening, replaced with care-taking, and refereeing, she decided that maybe she wasn’t cut out for the hard-knock life of kindergarten in a community lacking the necessary support for an educator to experience success with her children.
With the birth of her first child on the horizon, and well into her second year of teaching, she was faced with two choices: either find a new career OR help her principal open a new preschool. You see, her principal thought she was a great teacher and offered her an opportunity to help her open up an on campus preschool. Being a stay-at-home mom was never on her radar. In fact, she didn’t plan on staying home or even desire staying home until that earth-shattering moment, when her baby girl took her first breath.
After seeing and holding her daughter for the first time, she asked herself, “What more could I do to change the world than be the best mommy I could possibly be?” Needless to say, she didn’t return to teaching, she didn’t begin the search for a new, professional career, nor did she take that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run her own preschool. In that moment that her little girl took her first breath, her life would change forever.
Fast-forward to being married 14 years, being blessed with five beautiful children (1 on the way!), having successfully run 2 home businesses and I am NOW living the dream! Is it always cupcakes and finger paints? Nope. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else though. I am blessed beyond my imagination.
So what’s a girl to do when all her plans of changing the world are derailed and now she’s “just” a stay-at-home mom? You guessed it! She tries to be the best, most amazing, sleep-deprived wife and mother ever! Am I perfect? Nope. Do I always speak to my children in a quiet, calm voice? Ha! I try…and fail…and try again. Do I always have a yummy, home-cooked meal on the dinner table? Rarely. I prefer baking desserts over cooking.
I began Miss Mae’s Days as a creative outlet, a way to share with others my teaching ideas, family life and motherhood tips (or blunders)! My hope is that this blog reminds us all that life is full of hiccups and spit ups, but if we keep trying and can find some inspiration at the right time and we take action, then that’s the mark of a woman who perseveres and changes the world…one child at a time.
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