So the blog has been quiet lately because I am the one woman shipping department of C. Jayne Teach.  I was blown away by how many of you ordered from the shop this holiday season and I am so grateful for your support.  That being said though, I neglected the blog while I wrapped up my Methods course I was teaching this semester and got your pretty packages out the door to you for the holidays!  But I’m back today to share a special morning that I had at my former elementary school today.

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by our friends at 4Moms to see if I wanted to play “Secret Santa” this year.  Of course I was all in!  As a teacher (and now as a mom) this is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the holiday songs, the bustle in the air, the Christmas cookies and crafts, and the celebrations with friends and family.  But I also make a conscious effort to truly celebrate the reason for the season and give as much as we can to others each year.  I always wanted my students to understand the lesson of giving most of all and to do this we always participated in some type of community service – be it an Angel tree or school supply drive or even making cards for the local nursing home.  I have some of the most special memories from my time as a teacher, doing these types of projects with my students.  And through your support of the C. Jayne Teach shop, I’ve been able to continue to do these types of projects still!  One of my favorite things to do is to make anonymous donations through Donorschoose.org and help teachers get the supplies and support they need in the classroom.

So let me back up for a minute and tell you a bit about 4Moms.  They are a company that believes in better.  They create the most amazing infant and children’s products that are not only visually beautiful but practical and simple for parents (especially new parents) to use.  When I was expecting Lincoln, my mom and dad gifted me the Origami and the MamaRoo.  As a first time mom, these two products helped make my transition into mommyhood so much smoother.  The MamaRoo was where Lincoln napped during the day for the first 4 months of his life.  It not only allowed me to have my hands free to clean, do laundry, and cook dinner but it also allowed for me to get some rest myself because he slept so soundly in it.  The Origami was so easy to use as we took our daily walks on the Greenway and to the zoo.  I had new moms stopping me everywhere asking me about it and how they could get one!  And since we travel so much to see our family back in Ohio, we had to have the Breeze.  It has made our lives infinitely easier after a long drive home with a very sleepy little guy.  When we get to our parents house, it took approximately 4.5 seconds to set it up and lay down our little babe and he was back out.  The peace of mind all of their products has brought us is worth every single penny.

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The best part though?  4Moms is a company that gives back.  Their 4Moms Cares program gives away one MamaRoo A WEEK and donates countless others to NICU’s around the country.  In addition, they are constantly donating their products to non-profit organizations as well.  They are a company that I am so proud to support and have had the pleasure of getting to know their staff.  So again, I was honored when they asked if I wanted to participate in giving away a Breeze to someone special.  And I knew just the person…

Ms. Maria is our school custodian at the elementary school I spent the last 4 years at.  She is one of the hardest working people I know.  During my time as a teacher, she constantly supported me throughout numerous classroom moves, plenty of sick students, and both an engagement and a pregnancy (I got engaged at school and Ms. Maria unlocked the door to let Eric into the building to fill my classroom with flowers before school started… and when I was expecting, she helped me pack up my classroom and lift those heavy boxes).  She is a special person to me and I think about her often.  She is currently expecting a baby this spring and I knew how much she deserved the Breeze.  So Lincoln and I headed to school today to do a little holiday gifting!

When we got to school I told her I had something for her.  I brought her down to a vacant classroom where I had the Breeze box.  She was overwhelmed with emotion when she saw it, thanking me for thinking of her and graciously accepting it.  But I told her it wasn’t like a normal “playyard” that’s tricky to use and hard to set up.  Once I showed her how easy and simple it was to use, she was speechless!  Even Lincoln helped us show her what a great product it is!

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Seeing the joy in Ms. Maria’s face and knowing how happy her family and her new baby will be with this product totally made my year.  I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of such a fun donation and I was even happier that Lincoln was able to be there too.  I want him to truly understand the reason for the season and although he may not “get it” yet, I hope that one day I’m able to show him these photos and share with him the wonderful feelings we feel when we give to others.

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I want to thank 4Moms for all of their generosity and I want you encourage you to go out and help make someone’s day.  There are lots of ways you can celebrate the season and I’d love to hear some of them!  Hearing stories of others demonstrating compassion and giving just puts a huge smile on my face too.

I wish you and yours the most joyous of holiday seasons this year.  Thank you so much for supporting my little site and shop this year.  I hope to continue to give back and share joy with others!

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[Oh and did you notice the sweet little face on the homepage of the MamaRoo?  Yes, that’s our little Lincoln.  He did some modeling for 4Moms last winter… he doesn’t even look like the same baby!  Also 4Moms did not compensate me in any way for this post.  All opinions are my own.]