Back to School Bonanza Guest Post #8: Emily

We made it through September!  Today is the LAST day of the month, and I saved Emily to wrap up September for a couple reasons.

For one, Emily and I have actual school experiences together.  I have no idea why this goes with wrapping up September, but it just does.

Also, Emily’s post just FEELS like a wrap-up.  Usually you say thank you when something is coming to a close, so this just felt right.

I know I have mentioned Emily in other places on this blog. I adore her blog.  I adore her family. I adore her.  She is such a wonderful friend. She is one of those rare people who you know when you share your good news with her she will be JUST as over the moon as you are.  She is also someone who I can confide in when stuff is just icky.  She is one of the very first people I told about my PPD for instance.  And when you tell her?  You can feel her prayers.  You can feel her concern.  It is palpable even though she is hundreds of miles away.

Enjoy her lovely post.  Emily rocks it.  And as usual, go follow her on twitter and her blog when you are done here!


Hi All!  I’m Emily, I blog over at DesignHER Momma, and I’m excited to pop over here to Katie’s place for the day.  To talk about school stuff.

Did you know Katie and I went to high school together?  This means I could probably come up with some good dirt on her.  Like an embarrassing picture or something. (Which I know I have, but couldn’t find. Oh yes, I looked). 
Instead, I feel I need to write a thank you note.  You see, my daughter just started school about 2 weeks ago. It’s been a big adjustment sending my firstborn off to school for the first time.  An adjustment fill with anxiety and worry, knowing that my young daughter is now going to influenced by others, 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, Year round, for the next 13 years.
A thank you note to my child’s Kindergarten teacher:
Dear Piper’s Teacher,
I just wanted to write you a quick note that Piper is over the moon excited to go to school everyday.  This past Tuesday, she got me up at 5:30 in the morning ready to start her day.  What does this mean to you?  That you’re doing an awesome job! (But might I make a suggestion, to start teaching her to tell time?)
I have a few things that I need to get off my chest, or should I say “heart”.  I would never tell you these things in person, because that would be awkward.  I might start to cry, then you would have to hug me, and we don’t know each other that well yet.  So, this note feels more appropriate.  Ok, here it goes:
Teacher, thank you for leaving your child every morning so you can spend time with mine.  Thank you for loving on her like I would, and for being there for her when I’m not there.  Thank you for investing so much energy into caring for my child, that you barely have any energy left to give your own family at the end of the long day.  Thank you so much for taking on this job, even though I know the pay isn’t what it should be. 
Dear Teacher, I seriously don’t know what I would do without you.  You are shaping my daughter to be a smart, intelligent, strong woman, and that it me, is priceless.  You really are amazing, even if I can’t say it to your face.
Much Praise,
Piper’s Mom.
And to you, Katie, my dear teacher friend, I say thank you.  I pray that this school year is the best year yet.  You have an important to do, good thing you do it well!
About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Thank you

  2. Oh, I loved your letter! On my daughter's 2nd grade orientation (the week before school started), all of the kids were busy doing something at their desks, and her teacher was talking just to the parents. She got ever-so-slightly choked up and said "And I want you to know that I will treat your child as if he or she were my own." Um? SOLD. Teachers really are the BOMB.

  3. Jennifer Kay says

    I already know your good friend Emily because I stalk her too…too bad they don't make the 1/2 heart necklaces in a three pack. Anyway, although I don't have babies in school yet I'm pretty sure that I will be that bawling mother. Good post Emily!

  4. what a sweet, sweet post. i can't imagine how hard it is to see your firstborn off to their first day of school…thank you to all the wonderful teachers out there!

  5. What a beautiful letter. Teachers shape and mould our minds and our hearts. They should be commended more often!!

  6. Adventures In Babywearing says

    Oh my gosh this choked me up.


  7. punkinmama says

    Emily rocks! And so do teachers! (Well, the good ones anyway!) Ha.

    Thank you to all the wonderful teachers out there!

  8. says

    Good stuff here by the designher momma. There are a baker's dozen and then some of teachers in my family. Thank you from all of us for what you do too!

  9. Grace @ Arms Wide Open says

    for serious, this gave me the chills. what a beautiful note of encouragement! & all of it is so true.

  10. Classy Fab Sarah says

    Um, this made me cry. So sweet.