As I look forward to 2019 — I don’t know what my future holds — but I know WHO holds my future and I rest calmly in that.
Am I apprehensive??
— I am….I have never had surgery before and though I am usually very optimistic….I am apprehensive….but I am surrounded by so many friends — both nearby and online…that support, love, and are praying for me…….plus I have a mighty mighty God…..so I rest.
But — also — when things like Stage 4 slap you in the face…..you do realize that you might need to “tidy” things up a bit. I’ve written the will, I have named my beneficiaries, shared out banking info/logins to a good friend, etc…..I’m not planning to go anywhere soon — but still doing some tidying up.
However, that’s not what this blog is about —
This is my blog post to say “THANK YOU”…..
First and foremost, I want to say THANK YOU to all the teachers who invited me into their classrooms with my project ideas, with ideas I shared at conferences, with blog posts, and other ways I shared out info. Thank you for trusting my ideas with your students. Thank you for not being the “ordinary” teacher but instead being the “extraordinary” teacher by adding a little “extra” to your lesson plans.
Secondly, I want to say THANK YOU to all the conferences and edcamps and EdTechTalk that offered me a chance to share. When you have an idea that is validated by the invitation to share with many — that is both uplifting and edifying. Those who gave me a voice to share — you gave a boost to my step and a hope to my dreams for edtech.
Thirdly, I want to say THANK YOU to all my ed-tech friends who invited me into your homes, to your tables, and to your conversations. I have MANY MANY fond memories of very good times with very wonderful people. If you picked me up or dropped me off at the airport — THANK YOU. If you lent me a bed, a couch, a pillow to sleep on….THANK YOU. If we went out to dinner and laughed and chatted — THANK YOU. If we went exploring local areas together — THANK YOU. If you co-shared with me in a chat or a session or a podcast — THANK YOU.
On a side note …. to my second life friends — though it was virtual ….the fun we had, the conversations we had, the exploring we had….. Priceless, memorable, fantastic!
Also, I wanted to say THANK YOU to those I follow on twitter and blogs. THANK YOU for help make me a better teacher by sharing your ideas. THANK YOU for helping me look beyond my length of vision. THANK YOU for pushing me when I wanted to do simple for my kids. THANK YOU for opening doors — and help closing doors — when necessary. THANK YOU for your willingness to help others be better.
And, I also wanted to say THANK YOU to anyone who donated to my gofundme account — https://www.gofundme.com/jen-wagner-support — it means so much to me that you support me as I fight this batter and walk this new journey.
AND FINALLY, I need…I must… say THANK YOU to everyone and anyone who is praying for me, sending kinds thoughts, texts, comments, phone calls, etc. This last week of my life — regardless of the news I received — has truly been one of the nicest weeks of my life. I felt love, appreciated, supported, and cared for. And what is interesting is that MANY MANY I have never even met Face To Face yet you are willing to be alongside with me.
Take this as a thank you for the road we already have wandered together……
And I look forward to seeing you in 2019.