And the sound this week is~

a few of my easy listening favorites~

07 January 2008

Thanks, Jen~

Jen took snapped this of Noah and me during the Christmas season. I had no idea she was taking it, so it was a pleasant surprise when I found it posted on their family blog.

There are several reasons I like this shot. One is the joy on my face and the memories of that evening. The next is that Noah is crouched in front of me studying the toy. I love the way he crouches on chubby little legs and looks so intently at whatever it is that has captured his attention. Need I remind you how in love I am with our grandchildren? They are each so different, but each so in love with life and everything it holds.

Austin and Alaina will be here in a couple of weeks to celebrate and I am so looking forward to that time. It's been too long since I've had some snuggles and giggles with them. And yes, you'll be seeing pictures during our family time. But to get back to this shot of Noah and me ~

this past weekend, Johnny and I made a difficult decision. We literally hibernated both days. Tomorrow morning I will be turning in my letter of resignation to the Elmore County Board of Education. Due to several disabilities stemming from the accident, I cannot be the teacher I need to be. The teacher I want to be. After nineteen years of serving as a second grade teacher at Holtville Elementary, I shall turn my classroom over permanently to someone else. It hurts. And it's been a tough three days.

But just like Noah opening his present, I am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me. A wonderful part of my life came to a close that April day in 2006 and this past year has been a time of recovery and rediscovery. The new year began with revelations and decisions, but oh the joy in being able to rest in His hands and know that everything has been with His help and guidance. This snapshot will always remind me of not only the fun of the day, but of the promise for a different, but really neat, future. Thanks, Jen~at the time, you had no idea.


Heather said...

As I read your blog, I just sat here and cried. My heart breaks that you had to make that decision, but I want to remind you of all the lives you have touched and changed. Not only students in your classroom were touched, but those of us who learned from you through other experiences. I know God has so many plans for your future. You will always be my hero in the classroom (I just wish I could've been 1/2 the teacher you are)...but you will always be my hero in life as well. Through your life, I remember to live my life to the fullest and to savor each moment I have with Audrey, Corey and the rest of my family and friends. So...even though that chapter may be closed in your life now, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the difference you have made in my life. I can't wait to see what else God has in store for you! I love you Nan!!!!!

Leah said...

Oh Miss Nancy, I know how much you loved teaching...your love of teaching, though you probably don't know, helped me to want to return to school at some point to teach myself...I'm hoping this summer I will start that journey. I'll be thinking about you today and look forward to seeing what your new path intells! Much Love!

Kristen said...

Well i was both suprised and sad when you wrote me telling about your resignation. Seeing by the other comments you have not only touched the lives of the Lunsford family but many others! I know God has so many more amazing plans in store for you. You are and will always be my #1 teacher. (but of course you knew this!) I love you!

Susanne Goodin said...

Nancy, I know you will be missed dearly at the school. I can tell by the comments from your friends that you have touched so many lives. I look forward to reading your blog to see the great things God has before you!