Daisy, Erin, Austin, Ryan, Charlie, Tyler, Steve & Cody
It’s been one year since “the series of unending crises” began for our family.
One year ago, our upstairs hot water heater sprung a massive leak that woke us up at 2 am to 2 stories full of water. We moved out into a hotel, then into a rental home for 6 months while our home was renovated.
In February, we lost my dad unexpectedly to a heart attack, and we were gutted to the core. The grief unbearable most days.
Then the pandemic began. And the mess of distance learning.
5 days after we moved back into our home, a hail storm hit us and we needed a new roof…making about 80% of our home brand new!
As we were settling back into as “normal” as could be, our sweet puppy stopped walking and needed emergency back surgery. That was followed immediately by a month long isolation and quarantine with 4 of us dealing with the ‘rona.
Here we stand…one year later…
Through all the tears and heartache of this year, I’ve seen such growth and maturity in these people of mine. Developing resilience, flexibility and strength. Showing grace, hope, contentment, and joy, despite one crisis and disruption after another.
The most important lesson I learned through all of this is you have a choice in how you respond to whatever life throws at you. Feel all the feels, of course, and choose to stay positive, extend grace when you don’t think you have any left, and find the joy regardless of the circumstances.
Wishing you the best during this season of joy and gladness, and as we move into a new year!
Merry Christmas friend!