So let's be real here, friends.
The school year so far has not been as easy as we would have hoped.
There have been moments of tears and days of uncertainty.
I'm learning a new role, trying to finish up some unfinished items from last school year, and share my vision with my staff and students.
I've not once regretted jumping from the classroom to this new leadership position, but there have definitely been some moments where I have questioned if I am making the right decisions and sharing the right information.
It has been wonderful and challenging and fulfilling and difficult.
The last two weeks were especially trying.
I had meeting after meeting after meeting. Some were in the building, but others were out-of-district.
One of the out-of-district meetings was on a day it was pouring down snow and we drove very carefully all the way to the district that ended up calling school off early because of the treacherous road conditions.
Another one was the experience you might remember reading about, where we accidentally drove half an hour in the whole wrong direction before even picking up our third passenger.
On the days I was in the building for meetings, they weren't all "by the book" simple discussions. They involved lots of problem-solving and a few hard conversations.
The week before Thanksgiving was pretty emotionally exhausting and I think I was looking forward to the holiday break more than I ever have in my teaching career.
And the break did not disappoint.
Saturday we had a dinner at my parents' house, then went to see Santa that evening.
Sunday after church, we had Thanksgiving dinner at our house, in the midst of a blizzard warning.
When everyone left Sunday evening, I was exhausted, but mentally and emotionally refreshed and feeling thankful...ready to take on the rest of second quarter.
At 6:00, I got a text message...snow day on Monday.
It was an unexpected surprise and the girls and I were equally excited.
After that text message, we decided to decorate the Christmas Tree and watch "Home Alone" while eating popcorn.
Then last night, we got another phone call...snow day on Tuesday.
Thank You, Lord, for forcing me to stay home and slow down.
It has been necessary and I'm not sure I would have taken the time to enjoy the Christmas decorating process with the girls had we not had these two days off.
If you are feeling overwhelmed and emotionally spent, take some time today or tonight to just sit and enjoy your home...to enjoy your family...to enjoy the beauty of snow.
You must pour into yourself before pouring into others.
Happy Snow Day from the farmhouse, friends.