What makes Me ME.

When I first started this site I wrote my about page and included all of my accomplishments.  It’s funny, now that I’ve visited losts of blogs I realized that that About page isn’t really about me.  So I’m going to try again.

Mrs. Kim.  I got that title because I work with young children.  I love working with children.  They love you.  They are honest.  They are grateful for whatever you give them.  I am passionate about helping children.  You see, when I was a little girl, I suffered a lot of abuse at the hands of two step fathers and was always afraid.  My mother suffered from depression and was an alcoholic.

When I was 12, we moved to Minnesota.  I had a teachers that encouraged me and nurtured me.  They believed in me.  I started to make friends.  Only problem was that I made friends that did things I shouldn’t have done.  I found myself having to make a decision about who I was.  I realized that I wasn’t nor did I want to be the person I was turning into.  Instead I turned to writing and photography.  I decided I was going to be a photojournalist and travel to places like Africa and the Congo.  I was going to change the world with my photographs and my words.

Fast forward a few years and I had become a nanny on the East Coast.  I realized that I really wanted to help children but I still wanted to be a writer.  In college, back in MN, I met my husband and I had our daughter just before I finished college.  I tried school and work and being a mom and learned a terrible truth.  No offense to anyone but I learned the hard way that you can’t have everything.  You can not be a great mother AND a great something else.  I gave up everything and became a stay-at-home mom.  It was hard but worth it.  I got to be there for her first everything.  I’ve gotten to be there for all four of my children’s first everything.  I wouldn’t trade any of those experiences for anything even though I had to give up a lot to have them.

Now, 16 years later, my youngest is getting ready for kindergarten and I am searching for my passions again.  I love serving in my church but it isn’t my passion.  I feel the most passionate when I’m working in my first grader’s classroom with the kids.  I have VERY strong opinions about education.  I have been asked many times why I don’t home-school.  There are lots of reasons but the biggest one is that I think public school is what’s best for my kids.  And while we’re all there (I volunteer twice a week), I am Mrs. Kim.  I am blessed with the chance to help those other kids too.  I feel passionate about supporting our schools, teachers and kids.  Especially the kids.

That’s why I’m Mrs. Kim.  For a very long time I thought I had given up my chance to make the world a better place.  Now I realize that I never gave it up at all.  I’ve been working with other people’s children for 20+ years and with each one of them, I change a little part of the world.  As I serve those children, I am serving God.  And THAT is my passion.