The good, the bad and the ugly, 2020 is officially a mic slam! I am again struck by the contrast of very real struggles faced by our country and many loved ones along with the strength and fortitude I have witnessed in so many people.

As I said in my last post, Thanksgiving was a bust for my family. But have no fear, as Christmas drew near we gathered together (cautiously) and celebrated the birth of Jesus with grateful hearts. Throughout this last month I have been reminded of how important and special family bonds are along with how crucial it is to protect and nurture those bonds.

Even with the struggles we all faced, we have so much to be thankful for. I went for my last cancer scans of the year a few days ago. I am praying for clear scans again. As of this month, I have been treatment free for 11 months. Praise God!

We celebrated Christmas at Chris’ (my oldest son) new house. Back in September, Chris bought his first house and now shares it with other 2 sons. All 3 living together has had it’s highs and lows but overall the house is still standing. I do get the occasional phone call from one venting about the other, etc. but as I calmly and lovingly explain to them, this is no longer my problem dear child! How many of us parents have longed for the day when we can say that!!! Yay!

NOW for the most crazy and wonderful part of this year! Well it kind of starts in this year and carries over to next year. We are moving to Georgia!! Yep, cutting the distance from most of our family and friends from 6 hours to around 1 hour! We are packing up the VA house over the next 2 weeks and will be moving into the house in Hoschton, GA on January 19. It has been an adventure for sure but then again, that seems to be the theme of life for us (me and Todd). I thank God every day for putting the two of us together. No matter the challenge or change, we both seem to balance one another out and work together to get through it, thrive through it. We both know that it is not us but our faith in God and willingness to go where he leads that gets us through. Many times we have looked back in awe at the way our Lord orchestrated a situation at the time. It is so important to acknowledge that we could withstand nothing by our own strength, it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit within us.

On this first morning of 2021 as I reflect on this, my only message to you guys who read my little blog is to face 2021 with prayer and thanksgiving for what God has done and what he can do in your life. If this year has shown us anything it is that we can be physically apart and still love, pray for and support one another.

As I said many many months ago, as I repeat often to myself….. I do not know what my future holds….. but I do know who holds my future! Now, bring on 2021! šŸ¤©

Happy New Year!