This year has been a tough one. I think it threw us all for a loop. We all had plans and goals and dreams for the year that the world has other plans for.
We were cruising right along until a worldwide pandemic and slow down stopped us.
If I take a moment to step back and reflect, there is a lot for me to be grateful for during this season of thankfulness.
I would not fault anyone for marking this the worst year and writing it off as such. It is easy to lose sight of all the great things that 2020 brought when we think too much about what it didn’t.
I worked full time for the first eight years I was a parent. I missed out on so much extra time with my older kids. This year gave me a lot of additional time with my kids that I wouldn’t have otherwise.
During the shutdown we spent more time as a family enjoying each other than we ever have. We played games. We binged on movies. We spent ALL the time we could outdoors. I think our front porch, front yard, and swimming pool got more use than they ever have.
My husband and I spent so much more time talking, connecting, and yes, bickering than ever. I wouldn’t trade any of it though.
I think I spent more time talking to my parents and siblings this past year than I have in a long time. Using FaceTime requires a bit more communication than just sharing the same space in a room.
We were and have been (knock on wood) able to maintain good health.
My husband’s job has survived a shut down.
We have a warm, safe space to lay our heads down in each night.
The fridge is stocked and the lights are on.
We have good friends and a tribe that loves us and it is there for us. They allow us to return the privilege.
I am thankful for the amazing teachers in my children’s lives that worked so hard this year to be partners in learning with us. We are so lucky to have the educators we do who love our children as much as we do.
We have been really lucky to have amazing therapists for our boys. They have both made amazing strides. I am thankful for finding them and for all the amazing work they do.
I have really learned that sometimes life is best lived when you finally get that it isn’t about always having what you want, but wanting and appreciating what it is that you have.