What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up? is an exploration of occupations starting with the letter A-Z. Take a fun-filled ride exploring each profession in prose. From infants to preteens, this energetic book will give children a peek at careers that spark their individual interests and talents. Read, enjoy, and discuss. You never can tell where you are heading until you know what’s out there.

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our A book cover

What Do I Want to be when I Grow Up?
Occupations Starting with A
by Lori Smith and Amy Loring

book 2

What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?
Occupations Starting with B
by Lori Smith and Amy Loring

C book cover

What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?
Occupations Starting with C
by Lori Smith and Amy Loring

Our D book cover

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up?
Occupations Starting with D
by Lori Smith and Amy Loring

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up?
Occupations Starting with A-D (All Four Books!)
by Lori Smith and Amy Loring
(For a Special Price!)


What Do I Want to Be when I Grow Up?
Occupations Starting with E
By Lori Smith and Amy Loring


What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?
Occupations Starting with F
by Lori Smith and Amy Loring

What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?
Occupations Starting with G
by Lori Smith and Amy Loring

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June 19, 2016

The rising sun during the summer sparks thoughts of a new day…a new beginning. As educators our students rely on the ability to start again in your eyes every morning. Rejuvenate yourself over this summer. Collect and develop reserves that you will need to call upon this upcoming school year to start each day fresh, each day new, each day motivated to forgive, find joy, and teach every single student as they walk into your room every day. You have a gift of patience. Use it well.

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Summer break is the best!

  • I love NOT having to wake up to an alarm at 5:15.
  • I love not having to chug hot coffee as fast as I can because I hit the snooze button 4 times and have to now rush.
  • I love that I can actually stay up past 9:30.
  • I love the sunshine, let’s be honest!
  • I love seeing my own children every day and having the time and energy to talk to them.
  • I love that I finally am getting my brain cells back.
  • I love the idea of new possibilites.
  • I love reading for leisure.
  • I love tending my flowers and the garden.
  • I love that I can visit my mother. She is the best mom ever!
  • I love having lunches with friends.

I thank God for this time and plan to use it wisely. 


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It seems lately that I have been writing so much, yet I haven’t been writing posts. I’m taking two leadership classes in the quest for my principal license, hopefully earned in the spring of 2017. I have been writing paper after paper, reflection after reflection, and comments after comments.

It’s been a busy time and I’m happy to say that summer is here and although I will be pretty busy at school this summer (being and administrator and all), I will have time to go to the pool, complete my coursework in a calmer manner, and reflect on my life a little easier.

So how was the year? It was a hard one. My class I’ve been teaching for four years headed towards 8th grade graduation. I had so many moments of pride and love, I can’t even explain it. They have grown so much and I am confident in the fact that they will be incredible high school students. They have a lot to offer and I’m so happy for them.

Change is never easy and this year was fraught with change, and worry over it. But change is necessary. Change is unavoidable, and change happens. With much prayer and personal reflection I’ve come to terms with change and know that everything will work out. Change requires work and that’s okay. That is something I can do.

I’m starting to look forward now that the year has come to an end. I have a lot of work to do myself this coming year and I truly think I am heading in the right direction, for myself, my family, and for the children. It’s always about the children.

Summer is a time of rest. So I will rest. I will slowly get ready for the new challenges in my life and I will embrace them.

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Another Year is Gone

The final week of school. Let’s see…

  • There was field day where a local company brings in inflatables and the students get to have fun all day!
  • Then 8th grade graduation breakfast featuring a cumulative memory video for the students from kindergarten through 8th grade. They also received letters from staff, family, and teachers.
  • Next, field trips to the park for some, to the zoo for others, and YES, we did wreck on the way to the zoo, sitting on a bus for 2 hours on the interstate is almost as fun as the zoo.
  • Then there was Night of Excellence where we celebrate and recognize those who accomplished academic achievement.
  • Then there was the actual 8th grade graduation.
  • The star student award ceremony.
  • Finally our school’s family picnic day where the entire school and their families enjoy the final few hours mingling and saying good-byes.

Now for some much needed rest and family time.

May God keep all of the students and staff safe this summer.

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