Family, Uncategorized

Well, We Survived!

Week one of school is in the books and all four of us survived. Naps were essential, and sure, there were some meltdowns, but we made it! Life is starting to settle into routines and each day gets a little easier. For me, I started my eighth school year teaching ninth grade in a public school. My husband started his seventh year of teaching elementary school and my daughter is now in kindergarten at his school!

All in the first week we experienced: the end of my blessed maternity leave, a new sitter for the baby, Arianna’s first lost tooth, Sam’s first week of coaching Arianna’s new soccer team, and a new season of AWANA at our church.

It’s been a crazy week, but I love it all!

I love watching my girls flourish and I am actually really happy to be back in the classroom. The school year is off to a great start!


The Ameri Brit Mom

Dear Daughter, Family, Uncategorized

Dear Daughter: Kindergarten Edition

Dear Daughter,

Six short years ago I dreamed of you. When I felt you kick in my tummy I knew you would be a girl who loved an adventure. You’ve been strong from the beginning and you’ve loved deeper than any child I know. Your fears are small and your courage is big. And no matter what you do I am always proud of you.

Today we set off on a new adventure.

Today you will walk into the school building as a brand new student. Kindergarten awaits you as do the many challenges that school will bring. But this Mama knows that you are brave enough and patient enough to succeed. The world is yours and you are already changing it for the better. 

You’ve been waiting for this day a long time. Ever since you were little and I took you to my classroom you’ve been excited to be a student. All summer you put in time to ensure you would be ready and now you’re reading and doing math. Just like riding a bike, you’ve picked things up so quickly. I couldn’t be prouder.

This day belongs to you.

When you see my tears know that I am just so proud of you. When I squeeze you tight know that it hurts a little to let you go. You will always be my baby. And I will always be your biggest supporter.

“You’re off to great places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”-Dr. Seuss

Love always,

The Ameri Brit Mom