Sunday, April 11, 2010

What I've been up to....

I'm not sure where to begin, but thought I owed you guys SOME sort of explanation for my ever increasing slackerness (my word), when it comes to blogging.

Because I know my absence is what has consumed your thoughts, day and night. What? You didn't even notice I was gone? Fine. Whatever.

As many of you know, I serve on the Board of Trustees for my children's Charter School. Not only am I a board member,but I am also a founder. This means that I helped create the school, get it approved by the state, and put in lots and lots of my time (for free) to get the school up and running. It has truly been a labor of love that has been a big part of our whole family's lives for the past 6 years. We are currently in our 4th year of operation. We have an amazing school. But in the young life of our school, we have endured our fair share of growing pains.

This past month has been especially tumultuous. We recently went through a transition in leadership that was sudden, and unexpected, and was very stressful for our staff. Our director was recruited away from us by a University, and resigned unexpectedly (but on really good terms with us, it was just a great opportunity for him). We replaced him with someone we hoped would help our school reach its full potential. Unfortunately things didn't turn out as we expected, and we again find ourselves looking for a director who will be the right one to help us fulfill our charter, and live up to our mission and vision.

This is a time of high anxiety and stress. Our staff is uncertain, they're anxious about their jobs, and the direction of our school. We (the board), have invested so much of ourselves into this school. We feel so much pressure to find the right leader. One who will uphold the values our school was founded upon, as well as help us fulfill our charter promises to the state, and uphold the mission of the school. Parents are always nervous when big changes happen with the school. My absence in the blog world has been due to the many, many meetings we've had as a board, with the staff, with legal counsel (so we can make sure the school is always protected in decisions we make, and action we take), with emails and interviews and all sorts of responsibilities that would normally fall to the director, but which the board has had to pick up due to this transition.

This has taken a toll on my family as well, and the time I would normally spend blogging and visiting has been something I've felt needed to be dedicated to my family, and the care of my household.

I wasn't able to blog about the changes taking place during the time decisions were needing to be discussed and made, since I have a public blog and I know some people affiliated with our school do know about my blog, and may read it. It has been so hard not to be able to use this as an outlet for all the stress and anxiety!

Things are far from settled with the school, but the stress is diminishing each day, as we put more and more processes, and people in place to get things running smoothly. And we have an amazing staff that is setting their anxiety aside to continue with the wonderful education they have provided our children all along. The kids all LOVE going to school there and the dedication of our teachers never ceases to amaze me.

I know this is getting long and boring...I just have a lot all built up that I haven't been able to share! Even now there are things I will never be able to blog about, but at least getting some of it out feels better!

During this time we have also had some health concerns with Cowgirl we are dealing with. We don't have any real answers yet, and hopefully it's nothing serious, but the uncertainty still takes it's toll. I will let everyone know how things are with her as we have more tests done, and hopefully get some answers. The symptoms aren't anything that are disrupting her life horribly and we are optimistic that it's nothing very serious. Still, I'm kinda paranoid, so if I let myself, my mind will wander to the worst possible scenario and then I get kinda freaked out. So I just try not to go there!

Last night we returned from a little family weekend away in Idaho. I'll be sharing more about that the next few days. I'll have pictures from the wedding tomorrow, and I can't wait to share about Cowgirl's riding lessons...she was in her element! I almost felt like I should leave her there on the ranch, because it seems to suit her so much better than here in suburbia!

I really miss my blog friends, and reading about your lives and activities. I hope to be back blogging and visiting a lot more from now on, but please be patient with me. I can't promise anything!

I hope you are all well, and I'm off to start making the rounds! I can't wait to see what you've all been up to!

21 comments:

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

So glad to see your name pop up on my Dash, X. :) I think you should be commended for taking the time you might normally devote to blogging and focusing it on your family instead...which is where it should be. :) Hope you'll be back into the swing of things soon. :)

Amy said...

Oh I hope all is well with your family. Times and things do get wild.. Have a great Sunday.. I hope cowgirl gets well soon..

Rachelle said...

That sounds so stressful! You're totally doing the right thing on focusing on your family instead of blogging. I hope things work out for your school. And I really hope cowgirl is okay. Good luck with all that. It was nice to hear something from ya!

Goings on at the Glenn's said...

what a trooper. I admire you for founding a charter school. That is surly a lot of work! Hope your family is well. Glad to see you around.

James said...

Good to see you back. My kids went to a charter school for 3 years and loved it. Good luck with everything.

Lisa said...

Somehow that was me (from James)

Grammy Kim said...

Good for you for being so involved! You are one of those unsung heroes who gives back. I hope and pray your daughter will feel better soon and that you will know best how to help her. I have missed your updates, but family first! :)

MiMi said...

Don't apologize for life getting in the way, so to speak! Your family is what it's all about!
I'm glad your school is kind of working it's way towards breaking free of that crappy stuff going on!

Gurr Family said...

I hope all is well with your daughter and that the situation with your school with work out for the best.

Megan said...

Definitely sounds like it's been a stressful time for you. Glad it seems to be mellowing out a bit now.

Prayers for Cowgirl that everything turns out to be ok.

Ann said...

family always comes first...
it all sounds so stressful,but, your children are so lucky to have parents who care so much!

Desert Rose said...

Girl, I can relate to the stresses of being on a board and the decisions that have to be made, I'm on the fire board in my little town. We are currently going through stresses too with building a new fire station and some very negative people that are out to make life interesting to say the least. I too haven't been blogging as much...sometimes life just happens! And we do what we can when we can.

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

Hello my dear friend Xazmin...I have missed you like mad. I understand the stresses...and although I teach in Public School...our state is suffering from 12% proration...so our jobs are all shaky at best. I want you to keep us posted about Cowgirl and I cannot wait to see the pics from the wedding. I am moving in June. My husband, the preacher, has been assigned to a new church in Rock Mills, AL. Actually half the town is in Alabama and the other half is in Georgia. I will commute to work. I only have 4 more years...and it is just a 45 minute commute...I am looking forward to the quiet time. Glad to see you back. Take care of yourself and those sweet kids of yours. God Bless You all!

Jenny said...

That all sounds very stressful! I hope Cowgirl's tests come out ok and everything is fine. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

Good luck with the school stuff!

Emmy said...

It really is amazing what you and others have built for your children. I hope you are able to get things good and how you want them again soon. Hope everything is okay with your daughter.

Sheila said...

I DID miss you....but I also understand life happens and family comes first!
Glad you are back!

FrouFrouBritches said...

We missed ya! Hope Cowgirl's testing goes well and everything is okay. Hopefully, everything will slow down soon.

Symply Me said...

Oh how I've missed you! Glad to have you back right now, if only intermitently. Definitely can't blame you for your lack of bloggy time lately. Sounds like you've had a virtual Thanksgiving feast of stressers lately! Hope all calms down soon, and that concerns for Cowgirl will all turn out well. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers!

jennykate77 said...

I've been missing you terribly!!! I'm sorry things have been so stressful lately w/ school and decision making. I'm praying all the test Cowgirl is going through come back normal and fine. Praying for mom too! *BIG hugs* Wish I was there in person to give you one. Hope your week is going smoothly! Love ya!

jenjen said...

I am glad things have calmed down with your school situation. That sounds very stressful. I hope that your daughter's health concerns will be resolved too. I have wondered how you are doing.

How nice that you were able to get away for a little while on a trip though!

((hugs))|
Jen

kado! said...

busy woman! glad to hear a little from ya! hope things are going smoother for ya now.!!

Enjoy your week!