Our daycare family has loved on our babies from before they could even talk. They have celebrated milestones with us. They have been to baby showers, birthday parties, ballgames and school events. They are cheerleaders and encouragers. They have been simply amazing, and it was scary leaving them as Eli entered elementary school. We dread the day we have to say goodbye as Ellie makes the same transition, but for now we cherish the moments we have with them, and we thank the Lord for leading us to them all those years ago because they will always hold a special in place in our hearts and the memories of our days as a young family.
This year we have been blessed with an equally amazing experience in first grade. Eli's teacher truly grasps the gravity of her influence. She isn't just teaching the fundamentals of education, she is doing much more. She is molding the future. She is shaping the minds, hearts and character of tomorrow's leaders. She embodies joy and makes every student feel loved beyond measure. At the beginning of the year, Eli was telling me that Mrs. B. tells the students every day that she loves them. He finished his story by saying, "And you know what? She really does."
To make a child feel loved is to empower them.
Every day she empowers young minds. No child in her classroom goes without. Every child had a Halloween costume. Every child got snow cones. Every child. Not one was left behind. A first grader may not remember every lesson, but he or she would certainly never forget the humiliation of not having what other students have. She makes sure that does't happen.
As the year comes to a close, I am thankful that the Lord chose Mrs. B. to be in our lives. She has made this year one of great joy for our family. Our fingers are crossed that we will get a repeat when Ellie is in school!