I turned in final grades for students yesterday, and so ended my first semester teaching college English in 20 years.
I'm so sad it's over. Students hugged me and thanked me and wrote me notes that made me cry happy tears, and some even signed up for my Composition II class next semester. (Of course, there were also students who walked out the last day without making eye contact and an air of relief that it was over...but we won't dwell on them.)
And I'm so glad there are three new classes on my schedule for next semester.
Seriously. Happy beyond words. Teaching composition again feels right. And perhaps overdue.
So I celebrated yesterday and made some cards because now, well, I have time.
The color combination came from Pinterest. Blues and greens are my favorites. There's something so happy about these colors for me. The stamps used above are from Papertrey (Out on a Limb, Turning a New Leaf, and Life), with an Altenew leaf thrown in for good measure.
The second card also uses a Pinterest color combination, a Papertrey sentiment, and Concord & 9th's Just Because.
Since I felt a little rusty, I stuck to my dependable and much-used layouts, but as you will see tomorrow, I quickly got comfortable and went outside my comfort zone.
And on that note, I leave you with deep gratitude for your patience and for sticking with me as I make this transition back to working, teaching, obsessing on student performance and how to reach them, teach them, help them grow. Oh, my goodness. It's so satisfying.
But I've missed you, and I've missed making things.
Mercy, grace, peace, love, and gratitude,