End of Year Craziness & Teacher Appreciation Gifts

I know it’s been awhile since we’ve posted anything on this little blog, but it has been pretty crazy around here as of late.  But school is officially out, so I thought I would try to catch you up to speed!  We have had endless baseball and softball games, it seems, mixed in with end of year field trips, parties, awards assemblies, a wax museum, annual talent show, a violin recital, and graduation parties.  I almost feel like I’ve been at school as much as my kids…okay, slight exaggeration!  On top of that, we’ve been doing lots of yard work at home and at the barn.  While it has all been fun, and I feel extremely blessed that I am able to participate in all of these activities with my kids, I am definitely looking forward to the slower pace of summer.

But before we dive in, I thought I would write a post about the cute little teacher appreciation gifts I put together for my girls’ teachers this year.  They both had such wonderful teachers this year, although I can honestly say they have never had a bad one.  I am just so grateful for the ways that their teachers have nurtured, cared, taught, and led them, and I hoped to convey that in the gift we gave.  Last year, I bought cute little lanterns because I have a slight obsession with them, and thought if I love them, surely they might, too.  So this year I bought lanterns again, but I added a cute potted succulent inside.

I made a little tag with Matthew 5:16 printed on one side (“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”), and a personal note handwritten on the back side.  I thought this verse fit perfectly, not only because it’s attached to a lantern, but because their teachers truly do shine and glorify God by their good deeds.  So even though I’ve told them privately, here is a shout out to Mrs. Michelle DeWeerd and Mrs. Kelly Buzzell for planting seeds and shining light into my girls’ lives.  It’s been a great year of growth, thanks to them!

This post is definitely a little late to be helpful to anyone, but I hope it will inspire you to thank your kids’ teachers for all that they do.  It’s never too late for that!  And hey, maybe you’ll just have to pick up a lantern and put a cute little plant in it just for yourself.  I think I might!