To my friend who would rather not do Christmas this holiday season, I want you to know I see you. I may not know what it's like to walk in your shoes. I can't understand the grief you are feeling right now. But my heart hurts for you. Are the lights, the sounds and the smells all painful reminders of what is missing? Do they take you to place in your mind where you wish you could go? Instead of seeing what is before you, do you see what is no longer? To my friend who has ... Read More about To My Friend Who Would Rather Not Do Christmas This Holiday Season
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Christmas is over and the countdown to the new year has begun. So long 2020. Hello 2021. Typically, there is a hope and an anticipation of better things to come that we carry with us when the countdown begins. 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Happy New Year! What will this year bring? What new and good habits are we carrying with us? What are we letting go of? What are we going to improve? What's our word for the year? What are our resolutions? Last year, at the start of 2020, the excitement ... Read More about So Long 2020. Hello 2021.
This morning, as I was walking around the house, wiping down counters, making beds and doing the things I do at the start of the day, I had a feeling of peace wash over me. I was still in my pajamas, as I often am for hours and hours into the day. My son and daughter were sitting at the counter eating their breakfast of yogurt, granola, and berries, and I was just about to head up the stairs to check on our oldest, and make sure they were awake to start their last day of exams. The tree was ... Read More about A Year We Were Never Expecting. And A Year We Will Never Forget.
Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year for some; and for others, it can be incredibly painful. This is always the case, but I think that may be even more true this year. We have faced so much in the past few months. Some are longing for normalcy to return. Some have gone months without seeing their family and friends. Some are grieving the annual traditions that will not take place this year. And sadly, some are experiencing the painful grief that comes from losing a loved ... Read More about To Those Who Are Hurting This Holiday Season
I sat down to write today and couldn't find the words; so I asked myself, how do I feel? And I still couldn't find the words. My family and I are settling into a routine and are learning to embrace our new normal. Each day is similar to the last, with variances in what we eat and the activities we choose to participate in, individually and as a family. Today, our oldest asked when we will be able to see people again. One by one she went through a list. Aunts and uncles. Grandparents. ... Read More about When Will We Be Together Again: A Lesson in Patience