I talked to a dear teacher friend at church yesterday, and she said something very innocent to me: "It must be hard to be a Christian mom and a teacher at the same time." Honestly, that simple comment laid me out for a moment. I had nothing to say. I almost started a pitiful downward spiral into...but no, I didn't. I responded by saying something like it is hard, but it's doable.
So here it is, what I should have said: God has called me to teach. He has not called me to any other vocation but teaching. Did you know that it is awful to be in public education right now? It is. But it's my calling, and my Lord who knows all things has equipped me to do it. Is it tough to have two little-little kids and teach high school English of all things? OF COURSE! Isn't anything worth doing tough at times? Marriage, parenting, homeowning, functioning as a human being, deep-seated faith in my Lord Jesus Christ? Yes, it's tough, but we run the race faithfully, running the course that God has given us. And this is the course God has given me. The last thing that I will not allow our family to forget: this is a season. We will not always have two kids this small. We will not always be pressed as hard as we are pressed. If you'll recall, we were much harder pressed three years ago at this time.
So don't worry about us. If you don't hear from us, give us a call. We are fine and happy, albeit busy, running the race that God has called us to. I hope you're doing the same. Soli Deo Gloria.