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About me: My name is Missy Smith. I have been a jack of all trades up until 7 years ago when I started substitute teaching at Oak Mountain High School and fell in love with their Special Needs kiddos. I applied to be a paraeducator there and have been there ever since. I am now working toward my Master in Special Education. This is where God would have me serve and there is not a day that goes by that I am not thankful for what I do.
The dailiness of everything, ways to create and cope, help and heal, learn and live!
Many of you know that I am a paraeducator at the local high school. When I left my job in insurance 7 years ago and started substituting at the high school, I had no clue I would find my calling. I love what I do. Everyday I love it. Do I get tired? Is it hard work? Yes and yes. But there is not a day I don't love going and seeing my students and finding ways to help them succeed in whatever they put their hand to.
Last year God was gracious enough to bring a young teacher to our school. He makes me laugh and loves the
Started on May 28, 2010
Pajama Mama is my website. It is a beginning place for so many of my desires. My desire to serve the Lord, to be with my children at home and to help my community and other women like me who just need to find a way to supplement their income so they can do what they love best - take care of their family!
Faith Presbyterian Church
at 4601 Valleydale Road.
loves the kids just like me. Last year, Tyler brought up an idea that he had that never really left my mind. He said he wanted to open a restaurant called Three21 and have our friends with special needs come and work. It was one we joked about on and off all year long. Of course it seemed like such a long shot. Finding the money and the place to do it seemed like too much for me. Until this year, when I read an article about a coffee shop that had opened at a farmers market in California. Suddenly it was not such a distant or difficult task.
We found a venue - Valleydale Farmers Market - and we got permission and signed up as a vendor. We then got with a very precious mom of one of our students who worked at Non-Fiction Coffee Co. Margaret had us come and watch Sarah work. She gave us a tour of the warehouse and what she did there. Sarah was very excited. It was obvious she loved her job and what she does there. We then spoke to the owner and CEO, Lisa. She also has a daughter with special needs and was so gracious in offering to help us in our new endeavor. Cafe' Three21 was born.
Tyler's vision had suddenly become a reality. We are opening at Valleydale Farmers Market on May 25th. I have been amazed at how easy it has been to get this underway.
We are looking forward to this opportunity for these great kids to get experience working and God-willing having a place for them to work that understands their needs and can employ them once they age out. Come support our students as they work this summer serving coffee, cold brewed coffee and iced tea. We will have some of their artwork for sale as well as baked goods.
We look forward to seeing you there!
COME AND VISIT CAFE THREE21 at
VALLEYDALE FARMERS MARKET -
8:00 - Noon
So the little blurb above is what I posted 7 years ago on my facebook page for Pajama Mama as my heart's desire for myself and for others with my Pajama Mama website. It has had many hiccups. More stops than starts to be honest. My journey to now has been a tough one. It has been a lot of uphill climbing and many exhausted moments saying, "I can't do this". But this is not so. I can do this. I am called to do this.
So this is the beginning of me...stepping out in obedience and acting on what I have been called to do. I have so many things in my head that want to be played out in real life. Over the next few months I want to take you on this journey with me. I pray you find the strength and motivation to live out your dreams.
I am going slow - so bear with me. This journey has twisted and turned and changed so many times!
God bless and keep you on your daily journey.... would love it if you joined me!