Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Achieving a Dream~

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things."

She did just that...took the leap of faith and made things happen.

"Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement."

She kept plugging away, kept the faith despite several "I'm sorry, we've filled the position."

"A great accomplishment shouldn't be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward."
She now is at the starting point...and ready to leap...

Today, my hubby and I could not be more proud of our oldest daughter.  Years ago, Elie thought/dreamed of being a teacher.  However, when college rolled around, she made the choice to enter into another career path.  She made us proud then too.  She completed her degree in Public Relations/Communications with a Minor in Marketing and did it in just 3 and a half years.  She graduated, and went to work the very next morning.

She stayed on in that position for a year and a half.  This past fall, she had the opportunity to coach rec league cheerleading and a competition squad made up of girls 10-12 years of age.  She LOVED those girls!!  And, it sparked something...the desire to teach and coach.

So, a few months ago she took a huge leap of faith, quit her job, and entered a teaching program.  She  took teaching exams, attended seminars, taught summer school, and graduated from the program just a few short weeks ago.  Now it was time to pursue a job...

There were several interviews, all very positive, but then a week or so later came the "we are sorry to inform you, we have filled the position."  However, she never once stopped trying, pushing through.

Well...we are happy to say that her perseverance paid off...the call came yesterday.  She will be teaching high school, coaching, AND she starts next week!!!

Elie, dad and I could not be more proud of you for taking that leap of faith, trusting God to open doors, and for your passion for young people (she will be teaching in the Special Education department). And, as you have said time and time again, "if I can make a difference in just one child's life, it will all be worth it."  and, we know you will.

Mom and Dad


Brandi said...

Awe Lauren, this post made me all teary eyed. A huge congratulations to your daughter! Such proud parents you must be.

Suburban Charm said...

Wonderful post! Congratulations to your daughter...she sounds like a remarkable young lady and I am thrilled for you all! Great news!!!

Isaiah 55:8-9 said...

What wonderful news! Congratulations to Elie! :)

Katie Clooney said...

Lauren... what a beautiful tribute to your accomplished daughter! If there is anything the world needs now it's great teachers. Your daughter is a beautiful testament to your husband and yourself!

Anne said...

Congratulations to your lovely daughter:)

Jennifer said...

That is so wonderful!! Congratulations to your daughter and her amazing parents. :-)

Elie Janowiak said...

Going back and reading this and your quote of me "if I can make a difference in just one child's life, it will all be worth it" that one child was/is my baby John. I know I've made at least an impression of many kids especially at SC, but I know that I made a difference in J. My boy has made every difficult teaching moment worth it. And without teaching I would have never had the heart fulfilling joy of loving such a wonderful child.