We Are.

on March 10, 2007 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 7 comments by

I don’t know how much you know about my classroom experience this year, or what this class has meant to me, but I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that the Lord used this group of kids to save my teaching career. I know that sounds extreme, but I feel that it is true. I adore them. They are, each of them, going to leave a small hole in my heart when they go to 5th grade. They have changed me.

So when the art teacher mentioned that each student AND teacher got to create an art project for an art show, I was pumped. I had a picture in my mind of exactly what I wanted to do.

Here’s something you need to know about me (if you don’t already)- if I don’t think that something is purposeful, I usually don’t do it. Not the most impressive quality in my life, but still who I am today. So, as I watched the teacher next door to me spend 3 hours sketching a turkey, I was shocked when she said that she didn’t even care about it- she was just following directions. If I’m going to spend 3 hours working on something, it better have meaning to it.

I spent about 3 hours on my piece as well. And, no shocker here, I cried over it. Because as I look at it, I see God. I guess, more than seeing God, I see how God held my little life in His hands and said, “I made her for them.” All I had to offer Him was scraps- just like the collages in this painting. And look what He did.

Isn’t that just like God? You give Him the pieces and He makes a masterpiece.

This has every one of my students’ names, eyes and mouth. And I can’t stop looking at it because I think it is gorgeous and it reminds me of God’s faithfulness.

The students named it “We Are.” because they said “that is who we are”. And I loved the title. I could finish that sentence 100 ways: We are loved. We are a family. We are hilarious. We are loud. We are spunky. We are happy. We are kind. We are imperfect. We are exhausting. We are affectionate. We are (at times) frustrating and annoying.

BUT- We are the ones who rescued Ms. Downs’ heart. We are exactly what she needed.

The company doing this art show is going to frame and mat all the paintings, then we can purchase them in May. Yes, it will be hanging in my house. And it will remind me, again, to trust Him with EVERY area of my life.


  1. AmyFritch
    posted on Mar 10, 2007 at 2:07 PM  |  reply

    Man, I wish you were MY teacher! or even my kids teacher. Are you sure you don’t want to move to SSI?

  2. jenny
    posted on Mar 10, 2007 at 2:11 PM  |  reply

    LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT. Very purposeful Miss Downs.

  3. anna mo
    posted on Mar 10, 2007 at 11:00 PM  |  reply

    that was beautiful annie. the description and the picture itself. just beautiful. thats all. i love you!

  4. jrf
    posted on Mar 11, 2007 at 4:37 AM  |  reply

    Hey Annie,

    I am sad that we didn’t get to see each other. It was a random couple of days and now weekend. I really want to come to your house and have my only plan be to see you and Candace…so we will have to schedule that soon. I love reading this by the way. You are so wonderful…

  5. carolineb
    posted on Mar 12, 2007 at 2:57 AM  |  reply

    Annie Downs, YOU are. Beautiful.

  6. bethrdrew
    posted on Mar 14, 2007 at 2:08 PM  |  reply

    annie, you inspire me so much. as a former teacher i can so relate to your ups and downs. and yes, i noticed how every three years or so i would have an amazing class, a year that kept me in the profession, a year that was so worth it. one year was 1980-81, hicks poor, sean kirkland, coby jones, mandy dark…those kids saved me.

  7. bethrdrew
    posted on Mar 14, 2007 at 2:11 PM  |  reply

    ooops, i misspelled colby jones. see, that is why i got out of the teaching profession!!!!

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