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Monday, June 21, 2010

A BIG announcement.

Well, I have a big announcement...and I'm just gonna come out and say it.

This will be my last blog-post.

Ever.

Kidding! Totally kidding.

I'm sorry, that was horribly mean.

It's physically impossible for me to stop writing, so you're stuck with me.

Okay, so...

The real "BIG" announcement is...

[Stop calculating in your head, people...it's physically impossible for me to be pregnant already, okay? It's NOT that. Kay, thanks.]

I'm taking the next school year off, and I'm being a full-time stay at home mom!
(some of my twitter friends saw me tweet this the other day!)


To those of you who have been around for the last 10-12 months...you KNOW that's been a crazy-big desire of mine. In fact, you know that I cried many tears during my pregnancy wondering if I'd get the opportunity to stay home, and how much it would mean to me to be able to do so.

For me, well...for us....we know its the right decision. It truly is the desire of my heart to stay home with Emeline (and all our future kid's if possible...but that's another story).

I was having a hard time, scratch that, a down-right miserable time figuring out what the heck we were gonna do in regards to this [daycare options, etc]. It literally broke my heart because I so badly wanted to be home with my daughter. And...thank the good Lord, we were able to work it out, and we trust that God will continue to provide along the way.

I'm seriously stoked about this.

And I feel so blessed.

You might ask, does this mean I've given up teaching for good?

Not quite.

In fact, I didn't quit my job. One of the many perks of being an educator (at least in many districts around here!) is the opportunity to take a "child-rearing-leave" for any amount of time, typically up to an entire year.

I was approved to take off the entire 2010/2011 school year, unpaid, obviously. They will save my job if I choose to come back after that. If I don't come back, then I will have to terminate my position.

Make sense?

So, this coming school year they will put a long-term substitute in my classroom for the entire year. Next summer, around this same time I will have to let them know what my decision is as to my return.

At this point, we're taking it one year at a time. [In fact, with the summers squished at either end, she will be 16 months old by the time I return to teach, if that's the path we choose to go.]

I'm going to treasure this year fully. REALLY. I promise.

I know that I'm getting an amazing opportunity to stay home with Emeline; to be able to watch her grow and learn.

So, that's my big announcement.

Well, big for me. Big for us.

Thanks for supporting me along the way.

Happy Monday!

54 comments:

  1. Congratulations. What a wonderful opportunity. I must admit, the first thing that went through my head was you were preggers again lol (hey, it happened to my cousin... her boys are 11 months apart--born in the same year!) And then, when I read it was your last blog, my heart kind of skipped a beat. Cruel joke! =P Really happy for you and your family. I can't wait to be a stay-at-home mom. I'm very fortunate we'll be able to do so (and thankful for Navy stipends! haha) Have a fabulous Monday!

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  2. Congratulations! I know that it's a sacrifice but one that is so well worth it! What a blessing, and you're right God provides!

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  3. How awesome for you! Congratulations!! I look forward to one day being able to do the same when I have children.

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  4. Congratulations! What a wonderful thing to be able to still have a job if you decide to return to it!

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  5. That's great! I'm so glad you were able to work this out.

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  6. Yeah for you. It will be so awesome to spend all that time with little E. I am thinking of doing the same thing!!

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  7. Good for you! I'm happy that you're getting to do that. I'm sure Miss Emeline will love it, too. :)

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  8. I am SOOO happy for you! Sweet little Emeline is going to love having her mommy around all day :)

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  9. That's so exciting!! I hope when I have children one day I'm able to do the same. Congrats on getting to do that and I'm so happy for you :-)

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  10. YAY!! Being a SAHM is awesome! You will be to be there for all her firsts! :)

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  11. Dude, that is awesome!! I could tell how much you wanted to be able to be at home. I am so glad that everything was able to work itself out..

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  12. That is incredible news! I so wish that I was able to do that but unfortantly I have to go back to work when our little one is 4 months old : (

    Enjoy your time with your daughter!

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  13. I am so excited you for! There will be days you love and days you hate but every day will be a memory and every day you will learn from her and she will learn from you!

    SOOOO EXCITED you get to be home with your lady!

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  14. That's awesome! I really hope that I'm able to do the same thing when I have children. I'm just not sure I could leave their sweet faces to return back to work. I'm sure it will be so much more rewarding to be at home with her :)

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  15. That's wonderful news! I did the same thing when my daughter was born and I wasn't able to go back after that year was up. Being a SAHM is so wonderful and such a blessing if you are able to do it. Congrats!

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  16. how great! congratulations and enjoy every minute of it! it'll be a great year!

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  17. Oh I'm so excited for you! It's going to be a wonderful year! My mom was a teacher, and took about the same amount of time off as you are planning to. I think it worked out great for both of us.

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  18. I am so happy for you! I did the same thing this past school year and I have enjoyed every second of it!

    Part of me was really dreading going back, but I prayed a lot about it and the Lord provided me with another opportunity. Instead of returning to the regular classroom I'll be returning as a reading specialist, so now I'm very excited about going back to work in August.

    We have a wonderful nanny that kept my son and she just took this year off too, so she'll have the two of them next year. Best of luck and I know you'll enjoy your time with little Emeline!

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  19. How awesome!!!!!!

    I'm so happy for you that it's workd out to definitely spend the first 16 months of E's life at home, with her!! I know you will enjoy this year to the fullest! I look forward to all the posts about it!!

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  20. Oh Katie!! I'm so happy for you I know this has been a huge desire of your heart and that it is coming to fruition just speaks to the power of prayer. Congrats lady and enjoy this year :)

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  21. That is awesome that you get to stay home with your daughter.

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  22. Congratulations Katie! I'm so happy for you! I know that's something you've wanted really badly. How exciting that you'll get to experience so many firsts with her in the next year!

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  23. I am so so excited for you!!!!!!!

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  24. That is so awesome Katie!

    I just know that you are going to love being a SAHM so much!!

    xoxo

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  25. that's awesome katie, congrats!!! what a wonderful opportunity for your whole family...miss emeline is a lucky lady =)

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  26. I am so happy for you!! I'm sure that was a tough decision, it's so difficult just to leave your classroom for a day, but I know you will love it in the end! Enjoy every minute!

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  27. I was teaching 5th grade when I had my first. And I did the same thing...took my year of leave with the plan on probably going back after that. And I was so happy to have that year.

    Then, I got pregnant when she was four months old. So that didn't happen. And I've been home since. It's not always been the easiest, but. It has been SO worth it. I LOVE being at home. Not because I don't like working, but because for me, being with my kids is more awesome.

    Yay for you!

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  28. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you that you were able to work it out! A lot of the school districts do that in our area, too; my mom just took the place of a counselor for one year who was on leave after the birth of her child. It's such an amazing opportunity to be there for your child but also have that job security and the option to go back in a year. :)

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  29. Yay!! This will be so great for your family! My husband and I recently made a similar decision. I have decided not to pursue a full time teaching position (I work as a special ed. aide right now) so I can stay home when we have kids. I will probably end up subbing a few days a week when the time comes, but I'd rather do that than work full time and have all the extra hours of grading and prep. time at night. I'm sure it will be SUCH an amazing year for you and your daughter to bond. So happy for you!

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  30. So happy for you. Emeline is lucky to be able to have you around for the next 12+ months of her life. Am I jealous? Yea, totally :) But I'm so so soooo thrilled for you.

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  31. Congratulations!! What a blessing to be able to stay home with that sweet little girl. I'm so happy for you! :)

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  32. That is awesome! I would LOVE to stay home with my little love once she/he is born. So far we've decided on only six months, but I'll see if I can get any more time than that :-) So happy for you! That is big news!

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  33. That is great! You and your hubby know what is best for your little fam and it is fantastic that you get this opportunity!

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  34. Oh, I'm so happy for you and your family! I know that this is such a big decision for many families, and I'm so glad that you came to a conclusion that you are so excited about.
    I'll be staying home with our son as well and I can't wait to treasure every single moment. I know it's a tough job, but the time spent will be irreplaceable! Have fun with her :)

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  35. Yay! I'm so glad! I wish we had that option in Florida. Still, you know we both share this desire, so I'm so happy you'll be able to pursue it!

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  36. That is awesome! I could not imagine going back to work in 2 months either. I'm lucky that my job is letting me work from home so I guess I'll be a SAHM and a working Mom all in one. I say bring on the stress. :)

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  37. I am THRILLED for you!! I just loveee your heart and your desire to be a SAHM. God is SO good! What a blessing that He is providing an open door to enable you to stay home with your precious girl!

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  38. That's great news!! So happy for you!

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  39. Congratulations! I'm so glad to hear this, what a great opportunity.

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  40. Very exciting and yay for your school for allowing you to stay home!

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  41. That's so exciting! Congratulations!!

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  42. How exciting! I am so glad that you're able to do this!

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  43. Congratulations! That is great news and I'm so happy for you! :) :) :)

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  44. Yay!!!!! I'm so excited for you. I know you were really wanting to be able to do this.

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  45. I'm SO happy for you Katie!! I know it's what you really wanted all along, so it's completely wonderful! My friend's sister just had a baby in Florida, and her school district gives them 5 years long term leave if they want it!

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  46. Congrats! I have never heard of a child-rearing leave. Interesting! In the great state of Illinois we barely get education funded, let alone a leave of that nature!

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  47. I'm glad you were joking about this being your last post...I got sad! I love reading your blog! Congrats on being a stay at home mommy to Emeline! How exciting! :)

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  48. Oh Katie, I'm so excited for you! that was truly the best decision I ever made, too, and I have never once regretted it. I am sure you will absolutely LOVE the time you get to spend with sweet Emeline . Yay!

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  49. Congrats Katie! I didn't know PA offered that option, that's awesome! I'm also going to be lucky enough to be able stay home when our babe arrives so I know how excited you must be!

    Oh and hi :) I'm de-lurking :)

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  50. awesome! congrats -- this is going to be a wonderful opportunity for you!!

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  51. I'm so happy for you. I know that both you and Emeline are going to benefit tremendously from this time together!

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  52. Oh thats awesome!!!! :) Congrats on being able to do this!!!

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  53. I know it's a little late - but I just wanted to say that I'm SO happy for you that you get to stay home with Emeline next year!! That is amazing!!! You're one lucky lady (and she's one lucky little girl!) :)

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