December 2020: Christmas in our jammies, playing with the gerbils, Star Wars movies, Minecraft with Uncle Rex, LEGO, and outdoor family gatherings. Wishing you all love, joy, and peace in this New Year!
November 2020: My thankful list -There’s still some pretty leaves hanging on. The YouTube Holderness Family has helped me laugh a bit more this month. It’s nice to see the faces of our dance mates as we dance from home again. I’m so thankful for God’s love that endures forever, and for His comforting peace in difficult times.
How do we teach our kids to wade through the turmoil of this life? Today’s devotional from Jesus Calling for kids by Sarah Young is food for thought.
October 2020: We now have a teenager! And an awesome one at that! It was time we got a classroom pet which was more exciting than Christmas!
September 2020: Started out lovely, the middle was… challenging, and now we can breathe again! Well, still trying to “breathe” through this pandemic school situation. Learning to NOT try and do everything at my pre-pandemic/pre-toxic air capacity. Learning to be thankful – for each day is still a gift. Bring on the happy orange pumpkins and squash!!!
August 2020: May the summer never end! And yet, I love September too. Enjoying each day, one day at a time.
July 2020: My kids didn’t want July to end and so they wrote July 32nd on our calendar.
June 2020: starting to figure out a quarantine pod in order to better survive the duration of these times. Also, I’ve been thinking a lot about some influential people in my life who happen to have black skin (my high school soccer coach Bobby Clark, my high school band teacher Greg McKelvey, some friends I’ve played music with, as well as some famous people who’ve inspired me). Praying for hearts to soften toward their fellow humans, for courage where it is needed, and for humility and respect to grow the future generations up to be better than the ones before.
A few memories from life at home these past months:
My 10 yr old, in conversation with Daddy at lunch, found out he had a Zoom social with co-workers, to which she responded in all seriousness, “I thought they seemed exceptionally chatty for work.”
My 8 yr old, when I told him to be quiet for the nth time so K could do her math test: “Mute. Mute-mute-mute-mute-mute…” (Wiggle wiggle in his seat).
My 12 yr old, giggling when I go to kiss her goodnight and find not her face on her pillow but her feet!
Finishing the final 3 books in the Harry Potter series. Finally! Freedom to talk spoilers galore!
Editing and watching through all the Marvel movies!
May 2020: It’s been a challenge to maintain physical and emotional health, but there’s still joy to find or to create each day. For example, rather than stay depressed about the rats eating all the vegetables and berries in my backyard, it’s time to make a flower garden with fairy houses!
April 2020 had it’s highs (school at home, Easter, our 15th Anniversary) and it’s lows (school at home, missing friends, trying to stay positive). I’m thankful for all of it, and looking forward to discovering what May has in store!
March 2020: K and I visiting our friends the naked mole rats and seeing art made from junk washed ashore displayed at the zoo, Tauren Wells at the Tobymac concert, and my nephew’s 1st birthday! It’ll be interesting to see what the second half of March will bring. Not taking life as we know it so much for granted now. Hugs and health and love to all my friends and family out there! Thank you to our friends, the Ences, who surprised us with some cheerful art! Feeling loved!
The second half of March… quarantined life. There’s lots to be thankful for. Thinking of lots of friends and wondering how everybody’s doing. Prayers and well wishes!