What an INSANE beginning to the 11-12 school year! There have been so many ups and downs I don’t even know where to begin. There are so many ways I have seen God move in the last two months … not all of this has been “fun” but I have been learning to trust in Him through it all.
For several months I have known that one of my schools was out by the airport, in the lovely rush hour traffic a 45+ minute commute. While I was at first hopeful and excited to be at an elementary school for the first time in several years, the excitement quickly disappeared as I realized the intensity of the workload and neediness of the school combined with a HEINOUS commute that I began to dread (especially when I decides to SNOW). While I kept telling myself, “it’s only one year” … “it’s only one day a week,” I also began to contemplate quitting my job because the stress was getting to be too much.
Then, mid September my principal at my middle school let me know that she was working hard to get me more time. We’d talked about this some, but funding was always an issue. I was shocked and excited about the possibility of more time, and not just a little more, a whole day! Of course, these things take time and it was a while before the committee could meet to vote and then once that happened more drama unfolded as we started to learn the process for this to happen mid-year since I would need to leave my other school.
I have been a wreck waiting to see where this would go and if it would all work out … and finally, there has been progress. Tuesday was a WONDERFUL day off where I finally let go of the stress and worry about everything job related and just relaxed with Violette. Then Wednesday brought the news that we moved another step forward in the process (a HUGE step in the right direction). I will most likely have a couple more days where I have to drive out by the airport to wrap things up and help with the transition, but am hoping that by November I will, for the first time ever, just have ONE SCHOOL!
Along with the extra day come added responsibilities, but I’m hopeful that the stress of that will be significantly less than the stress that the elementary brought. Besides, through all of this, the whole start of the year and the process to be at my middle school for my whole 24hr work week, God has been there. I know he has a plan in this and will give me the strength and wisdom to do what he has planned for me in supporting my school and the students and teachers there.
Bring it on!