I've been reevaluating a lot of things that are going on in my life lately and I've come to realize that my priorities need to change drastically. I've made some really big decisions and I'm slowly working on implementing changes. I wanted to talk about what's going on here on my blog. Frankly, I'm missing the fact that my blog used to be more personal with lots of fun stories about my kids. I'm hoping to get back into that habit.
A few of you have noticed that I haven't been online as much. Don't worry! I'm not going to stop giving away freebies and I'm not planning to quit scrapbooking either. I will be stepping down from the rest of my design teams over the next few months. April is my last month with Hydrangea Hippo and June will be my last for The Sampler kit club. I also won't be submitting to magazines for a while. (I have layouts coming out up until September in Scrapbook Trends.) Why am I making all of these changes?
I know that I've already mentioned here that I've decided to homeschool my two younger children. (Alexis is not interested in being homeschooled at this time.) I haven't really talked about why we made that decision. Jordan has been picked on incessantly over the last two years. Several different children have made fun of her repeatedly for her disability. We kept going through the proper channels for help and the school addressed the issues. The only issue with that? It seems like there's always another bully to take the place of the reprimanded child. We discussed homeschooling, but we didn't make the final decision until the bullying got physical. Jordan was assaulted on the playground and she ended up with abrasions along the entire length of her spine.
It was the straw that broke the camel's back. She is finishing third grade under intensive supervision at school and we are beginning homeschool in the Fall. I don't understand why there are so many children that feel it's okay to bully a special needs child. I do know that I don't want my brilliant child feeling like she has over the past few months. When your eight year old comes home with a paper she wrote about "not being normal" and "being a loser" something has to change.
My decision to homeschool is the first reason for the many changes I'm going through. The second reason is that scrapbooking used to be fun for me, but it's become a chore with many deadlines and obligations. I have met so many amazing women through my design teams and I've made fantastic friends! I would never say that working on a design team is a bad thing or something I regret. It's not at all. I'm just entering another stage of my life where I need to concentrate more on my children and home life. I have been blessed to work for so many fabulous companies over the years and I've been incredibly lucky that everyone has understood my decision to step down.
I hope you all hang around during the upheaval. Like I said, I'll still be posting freebies and the MMD Divas will still be here. I won't stop scrapbooking and I'll continue to share the pages here. Who knows? Maybe I'll even get to use some of this HUGE stash I've accumulated over the years? I just feel like God is guiding my life in a huge new direction. I'm putting my trust in him and stepping out on faith.