I went back to school when I was 45 and my daughter was a year old.
I loved teaching first grade.
The best of years. Teaching my bright-eyed six and seven year old.
Every day an adventure.
But I knew there was something more God wanted me to do.
After much prayer I began working on a master’s degree in counseling
Juggling a teaching career, masters work and raising my little one was difficult.
Two nights a week after teaching a full day
I traveled 45 miles to Charlottesville.
The routine was always the same.
Grab my purse and bag loaded with papers and work to be done,
stop at MacDonald’s for one small cup of coffee and large fries
take my class
and then drive home through the silent darkness
arriving about 11 o’clock.
I’d quietly open the door so as not to awaken my little girl who was sleeping upstairs.
My dear faithful sitter would whisper a few words
Catching me up on the last few hours
And then slip out the door and into her car.
I would place my belongings on the table
Glance quickly through the mail
and the tiptoe up the stairs.
Walking into her room
My heart would beat excitedly
My joy- this precious little baby girl.
And I would bend over the crib l
listening to her soft breathing
whispering a prayer of thanks
Suddenly her head would pop up
I would step back
And she would look around as if to say
“Where are you, Mommy?
I know you’re here somewhere.”
Then her eyes would meet mine
And she would quickly sit up and stand by the side of the crib.
All my tiredness would instantly fade away
The long day, the assignments needing to be done
I would reach out my arms and she would come to me
Giggling and bouncing happily
Lifting her out of the crib
I could smell the scent of baby powder and clean softness
And we would dance
Yes dance around the darkened bedroom
A glorious shining moment in the midst of a very long day.
Although those days have long since passed.
we still dance
twirling with gladness and joy
dancing now with two.
Enjoy the dance. Hold onto the moments.
Let them fill your soul with joy overflowing.
His plan is to bless you as you journey with Him.
Fountains of blessing