FROM HERE OR NOW OR YOU11:21:00 PM
There are no amount of words or tears to describe what it's like leaving. I've left so much behind me in the past few weeks, and as excited as I am to move forward, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on what is now the past.
|Best kids out there.|
I never thought I would be sad to leave Provo, Utah. But in my final few weeks in the bubble, I couldn't help but think about all that I accomplished there. I started and graduated college. I met my husband and got married. I made lifelong friends. I started and finished my first year as a teacher. That's A LOT of stuff. Meaningful stuff. I guess it's just the sentimentality of it all that made it hard. I've grown so much in the past five years I've been in Provo.
As oddly sentimental as I was about leaving Provo, I was even more torn up about leaving my first class and school where I taught. Eight months ago, I knew close to nothing about teaching a class full of students! And although I know I still have lots to learn, I really felt like I accomplished so much. I really grew to LOVE all 28 of my students and I am still constantly thinking about them haha. It made me SO sad to know that when they walked out my classroom door, I would probably never see any of them again. I spent every day with these kids. And I put my heart and soul into helping them grow. It just seemed such a sudden thing to say goodbye. Needless to say, I cried like a baby on the last day of school, and so did my kids. South Carolina is just, well, far away. I will never forget this year. I made so many wonderful friends at East Meadows Elementary. I had the best team of fifth grade teachers I could ever ask for. I learned so much from them. My facilitator was amazing and went out of her way to make sure I was successful. You just get attached to these people you see every day. I couldn't ever ask for a better experience as a first year teacher. Not in a million years.
Now, I am eagerly anticipating my sister's wedding here in California. TWO DAYS. I am so excited! She really is marrying the best guy. Aren't weddings just the best? Following the wedding, it's a short three day drive for Lendrum and me. HOORAY. But every time I complain, I think my ancestors in heaven are rolling their eyes at me. It took them months to travel that far haha. Perspective.
|Fun water day with the kids! I got soaked!|
|Thank goodness for Katie. Sometimes you just need a minute.|
|Group hug! Tears all around.|
|Some of my favorite ladies right here!|
|Our awesome neighbors and my sister managed to help make everything fit!|
"Found my foundation,
It was underneath me all along.
On this path I'm on,
Now I never walk alone.
And I don't want to disappear from here, or now, or you."