Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Teaching at OCCA

Can you believe it is already the end of March? Where has this year gone?  It seems like just yesterday that I received a call asking me to come look at a school in Ohio.
It seems like just yesterday that I called the pastor up and told him after much prayer and time  in the Word that I knew without a doubt that God wanted me in Ohio working as a Elementary Teacher.
It seems like just yesterday that I packed up all my belongings and moved into a house with two young ladies whom I had never met before.  And then with tears in my eyes said goodbye to my parents.
It seems like just yesterday that God provided me with my own little place.  A little house that I have come to absolutely adore! I remember having absolutely nothing to fill the house with, but once again I watched God take care of every single need and so much more.
It seems like just yesterday that I stood before my students for the first time and I wrote my name up on the board for them all to see.  However, they still forget to capitalize the "B" in my last name..oh well...
I absolutely love being a part of OCCA.  Of course there are times I ache for my family and friends back in Indiana.  But knowing that this is where God wants me makes all the difference.  This school year has taught to me so many different lessons. Lessons I may have never learned if I had stayed in Indiana. I have come to truly love each and every one of my students.  I find myself calling them "my kids" because in the year together they have truly become a part of my heart. 
A month ago I was asked if I would like to sign a contract for another year and continue to work at OCCA.  I hardly had to consider it. I knew God led me here and I know God isn't finished with me here yet.  
I love being a teacher, what better job could a person ever ask for.  I truly get the opportunity to impact and touch the future every day of my life!
I thank God for the opportunity I have to be apart of OCCA.

This past week we had Spirit Week at OCCA!
I had a blast participating in the fun as well as capturing a few pictures here and there.

Decorating our classroom for a week of fun

Tuesday: Lazy Day!

Wednesday: Wacky Day

When I count my blessings as a part of Grace Baptist and OCCA I cant help but count Shauna and her family as one the biggest blessings.  They have been so good to me!  How lucky am I that my coworker is also one of my closest friends. 

My crazy class and I

Thursday: Sports Day

Rivals: Chicago White Sox vs Cleveland Indians
But seriously, I think we all know..if the Sox and Indians went at it head to head- The Sox would win without a sweat

 I've seen one to many of these shirts living here....

Friday: School Colors
Maroon and Gray all the Way

Three quarters down and one to go and enjoying every moment of it...


  1. It seems like yesterday when I first held my little girl in my arms.
    God is good and Mom and I are so blessed.

    Psa 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

  2. I enjoyed reading through this blog and being reminded of how God is using you Ohio! I miss you so much, sometimes the house seems so empty without you here, but I know God is using you in a might way out there in the cornfields. Love ya sis!

  3. And...before I even had a chance to comment on your last post you have already written another!! :) I loved looking at all these pictures and reminiscing with you; so proud of you!