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Thankfulness During a Pandemic

Thankfulness in 2020

2020. Just the mention of it can bring a sour taste to a lot of people’s mouths. If nothing else, people may feel that 2020 has robbed them of a year of family gatherings, sound mind, opportunities to travel, maybe even the opportunity to lay loved ones to rest with an appropriate memorial. Here we are, in month 8 (based on when life as we knew it changed) of a pandemic, the holiday season, and what do we have to show for it?

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I missed quite a few things during our periodic episodes of lockdown and my family’s personal choice to continue to limit our activities due to Ca-VI-ers (what my 4 year old calls it). I missed going to worship with all of my family in Christ. Our kids have somehow forgotten decorum for worship, and my husband and I are often distracted with a whining baby and toddler. Just know, I’m reclaiming my time in the church nursery for baby girl…I don’t care if she is over the age limit. Lol I missed laying my great aunt to rest in Chicago. Her funeral was streamed on Zoom. It was the best we could do for my massive family. I missed my students after we had to immediately transfer to virtual education with 1 day to prepare…with my 3 children home…all day. I missed weddings and parties. I saw lots of sadness and death on my timeline. I missed dates inside of restaurants, going to the playground, I could go on. But in the midst of this pandemic, I saw a lot of good too.

The bible says, “focus on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, things of virtue, and things that are praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8). And this Thanksgiving of 2020, I shall do just that. I’m thankful for the time that my little family got to spend together. Having my husband home full time was a blessing. We all know that staying home with your kids can be overwhelming, but with the right partner, it can be bliss. We (I) was creative with themed events that all transpired within the confines of our yard/home. I was able to go back to nursing my daughter full time. I had started giving her formula while I worked, although it wasn’t my first choice. I was exhausted and hated pumping; I felt defeated. The pandemic allowed me to nurse her full time again, no pumping required. We also paid off another debt! Once we no longer had to pay for daycare for 3 kids, we chucked away at debt. It was euphoric, getting our Baby Steps on. Any Dave Ramsey fans out there? I learned how to not be as wasteful with food….or toilet paper for that matter. I grew more appreciative of the time I’ve had with loved ones, cherishing each Zoom or Facetime call. We found a great treatment for my baby’s eczema after I searched stalked the web for any relief (details of that to come). It has been a God-send, as the skin disorder has literally stressed everyone out. My husband and I have mastered car dates, not minding how innovative we had to be. We exercised, read, cooked, and played more as a family, recognizing the importance of spending quality time with each child. I realized that I had control over my schedule/day, and that I could be as great as I allowed myself to be with writing and baking. You get my drift?

2020. No, I don’t think it’s been a terrible year. Has it been challenging at times? For sure. And I’m aware that everyone’s situation may not have been as like mine. I don’t want to make light of that. There are people who are experiencing sickness, food deprivation, loss of work, and much more. But I will focus on the positive things more than dwelling on the negative. A positive mind-space can make for a sunny day.

What are you thankful for this year? What goals will you set for next year?

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