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**Totally meant to get this posted before I headed out the door this morning, but I ran out of time. Day 1 was great! Tiring, but great!**

Today marks the 1st BIG change of 2014 – I’m headed back to the classroom for a semester of student teaching! I finished my coursework in April, so this is my final step in completing my teaching certificate.

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My plans have been up in the air since our move to Nebraska and Eleanor’s birth, but my college in Milwaukee, Mount Mary University, has been a huge help in accommodating my unique situation! I’ll be student teaching at a parochial school here in Omaha in a kindergarten classroom. I’ve met my principal and cooperating teacher and have high hopes for a great semester!

I would be lying if i didn’t admit I have doubts about my decision.

My stomach turns at the thought of leaving Eleanor at daycare and losing precious time with her. It’s selfish, yes. But I can’t help it. 

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There will never be an ideal time to student teach. I want to be home with Eleanor while she’s young, but I also want to have a career once my children are in school. I WANT to be a teacher, but I WANT to stay home (see what I mean about selfish?). It’s time to wrap up my degree and make both of these dreams possible!

I absolutely love being in the classroom, and kindergarten has a special place in my heart. Eleanor will also get an exciting new experience by heading to daycare for the 1st time. I have no doubt she will learn new skills from the fantastic teachers and other little babes in her room! It will be an adjustment for both of us, but I know it will be well worth it!

I’m blessed that Jeff has been so understanding through all of this. He’s left all of the timing and decision making to me. He supports me both as a mom and teacher, and we both work hard to make living on one income feasible.

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I’m also blessed to have had 6 months at home with Eleanor to learn the ropes of being a new mom and savor those fleeting “baby days.” I am excited for a new adventure, nervous about my teaching abilities, and anxious about leaving my little girl. I expect a semester full of ups and downs and a whole lot of learning!

Bear with me as our little family adjusts to a new schedule. I fully plan on keeping up with Makingmine, but may cut down posting to just 3 days a week. As always, stay up-to-date with the very latest by liking on Facebook or following on Twitter!


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