Monday, August 8, 2016

Excruciatingly Hard

April 2014 was my my last blog post. I've missed it A LOT. I've missed creating things A LOT. Life happened in the most unexpected ways, and I simply lost my mojo. I'm here because I know that something is definitely missing. I use to find creating things and giving them away to be one of the best things in my life, so maybe this will be the something that is missing.

I was going to gloss over where I've been and the unexpected turns that life has brought me. I planned on sticking with what this blog was originally written help teachers. I'm not going to gloss over it. Why am I going to share it all? I always invited everyone into my life, I shared the birth of my son, I shared part of the story that turned me to TeachersPayTeachers....and I intend to share my life.

Everything is not rainbows and unicorns. I am a 40 year old single Mom and Teacher that has been struggling since May 2012. I'm doing it alone. Wait a second, not completely alone...I have searched and found a good support system. They help me emotionally. They help when I just need a break. And, people....there are so many days that I just need a break.

I am a full time teacher and I have struggled to make ends meet on my salary. Child support has been shotty to say the least. Last year, I got a second job at our park district as a Coordinator. I worked 3:15-6PM, Monday-Friday. I also worked as a tutor on Saturdays. Need I say there is something wrong with our system that a single Mom cannot afford to stay afloat on one full time teacher's salary?

Last year was unbelievably difficult. It wasn't just hard on me, but it was hard on the love of my life, Cooper. He's going to be five in December. I can't even believe it! He is the.worst.boss. I've ever had. He really is a tyrannical dictator. That is my fault. I feel guilty for not always being home. I feel guilty that he has a very different life than I had envisioned. I feel guilty that I can't give him everything I'd like to. I feel guilty we've moved several times. Oy-vay, there is a whole lotta guilt!!! He is sooooo unbelievably funny. He's a smart boy. He can be so sweet.

I also struggled with my health, but not nearly as much as when I was first diagnosed with Mono. I have struggled since then with random fevers and chills and fatigue. Believe me, they have tested me for everything and I've tried a ton of supplements and vitamins. Every so often (especially if I'm stressed), I will wake up with pain in my body. I then get the chills and a fever. Then I'm exhausted and in pain the rest of the day. The next day, I'm usually fine. It's bizarre, and there isn't anything I can do for it.

There has also been unbelievable good things in my life. I have found great friends that have helped me in ways that I will never be able to repay. I have moved to the town that I work in. I have found a community that I am proud to call home, and I know that my son and I are so lucky to live, work, and play here.

I still absolutely love teaching Kindergarten. My kiddos and families make me strive to be better. Many of my colleagues are not just that...many of them are friends and a few are our adopted family. I am truly lucky in so many ways.

My blog is most certainly going to change. Hopefully, evolve into something better. I still want the same thing, I want to help teachers. Maybe sharing everything...not just all the cool or engaging things that are going on in my classroom, will help teachers that are struggling, help the single Moms that are guilt ridden...or maybe it will just be me giving my two cents about the world I live in.

It doesn't matter because I'm back.


  1. Thank you for sharing. I have loved your blog and willingness to share with fellow teachers. Best wishes on the new school year,

  2. This was such a good read...and keep on believing in yourself! Your little man is soooo lucky to have you in his life! Bring on another year of kindergarten greatness! I am soooo happy that you are back!!! Amber ~ Kindergarten Rocks Blog

  3. Shannon, reading your blog entry this morning was a little painful, but rewarding. I, too, have been through a transitional period in my life - and, have also found the new community/supportive family members. Take care - it will be exciting to see where it leads you to next!

  4. So happy to see that you are back! You introduced me to the world of kindergarten/teaching blogs, which really helped change the way I run my classroom. I've thought of you occasionally since you've been gone but it's great to see you back! Can't wait to read what you have to share :-)


  5. It was so nice to see a post from you pop up in my feed! I hope this year is a great one for you and Cooper!

    A Very Curious Class

  6. So happy to see you are back! Your blog was one of the first ones I discovered five years ago and I love all of the ideas and products you shared! I cannot wait to read what other ideas you have to share!
    Fun in ECSE

  7. I've missed you and been worried about you. I wish you a great school year!

  8. Welcome back! I'm so excited to see what you will create next! :)

  9. so glad to hear from you! I've been worried.I loved your blog and cried with you as you went through what you glad you didn;t give up teaching..those Kinderbabies need you to teach them...And Cooper is adorable!! I remember when he was born!

  10. Yay!! I have missed your blog! Welcome back!