Wednesday, May 16, 2012


The first day of school is filled with so many emotions for parents, students and teachers alike. Last year on the first day of school in walked not only a new student to first grade but also  a new student to the school.
 From North Carolina a blonde hair nervous little boy gripping his lunch box anxiously waited to meet his classmates. At first glance I could tell this little boy was kind, and loved by his family. His mom joined him that morning to help calm his nerves and her nerves about starting a new school.

It didn't take long for both he and his mom to fit right into our classroom, school and community. Through football at recess and sharing his school supplies with others Logan quickly found his way into the hearts of his classmates and me his teacher.  His mom played a large part in his class by volunteering 2 days a week and showing his classmates that she cared and loved each one of them as well as Logan. It was obvious to see the wonderful  traits in this family were contagious and such a great example to our class and community.  Traits that his classmates described on awards day last year when describing their classmate. Traits like, giver, encourager, best friend, funny, caring and so many more. 

 A year has passed since we have had to say good-bye to this precious child. Some days it feels like years ago, while others it feels like yesterday. One thing that is true is that we will never forget Logan Simpson. He touched so many people then and still now. His family has taken this tragedy and through the pain have given God the glory, and have never lost sight of their faith. They have been such an example to me and the community. I am blessed and so humbled in getting to know him, being able to call him my student, and building a relationship with his family.
When my students walked into the classroom this year, I thought of Logan. When I tearfully watched them load the bus, I thought of Logan. When I tuck my boys in bed at night, I think of Logan. We are not promised tomorrow, but are promised eternal life through Jesus Christ. This world is not our home! I will see Logan again but next time it will be in such a better place. 
Thank you Lord for placing Logan and his family in my life to be such an example. Mostly thank you for letting us serve you and knowing that these trials on this earth are temporary. 


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