AWAKENING

I love an inspiring word!

In 2019 I had a word of the year, Gratitude! This word helped focus my attention to find gratitude daily and it was so impactful and we still use it daily in our family to discuss our “Grateful’s”!

2020- I struggled to find a word that I was committed to so I continued to use my 2019 word, if it is not broken don’t fix it. Right! 🙌

2020 has spun us all on our heads, plans, expectations, life, family…. everything! Going back to my word of 2019, gratitude- I constantly look for the silver lining in all things, how can we be grateful for what we have or what we are learning. This my friends is very hard but I believe all things we go through is to teach us and strengthen us.

No one planned for what 2020 has dished out, but goodness we are never getting this time back. I have spent days having the best time with our family, I have spent days mourning being furloughed and other days seem normal, but at the end of each day I am grateful. I am grateful for our health, our family, our community and the love we have to share.

Two weeks ago the country and our dialogue changed, I am grateful for this change but also want to share what it has meant to me. I have spent a lot of time these past two weeks talking with friends, family and our kids about what is going on and how we can be apart of the change. It is difficult to make change, but we need to as a country and a society.

I believe deeply as a Christian that Christ loves us all and we are called to do the same. Our family chooses love over hate and we will continue to do this. I have spent a lot of time thinking about what this time has meant to us personally and one word keeps rising to the top, AWAKENING.

Simple, short and to the point, the way I like inspiration! This word has meant different things to me this year but at the core, we have been awakened to truly what matters to us as a family, what we want to spend our time doing, spend our money on and spend our time talking about.

Yes, 2020 has been a challenging year and we have learned so much. I do believe that change comes through challenges, it makes us reflect on what we are doing and what we want to continue to do. If you have been following along, you will know we simplified our family schedule to focus on building up a simplified family culture for our kids. This has only been magnified during this time of quarantine and some days has seemed so very natural and others not so much. My hope for this year is that we all remember the truth, lessons and time we had with each other when looking back on 2020. This year has not been what anyone planned but will change how we plan the rest of our lives and that is a beautiful thing!

I watched a show recently on the 1918 Flu Pandemic and one quote that resonated with me, “the age of innocence”. Not only was this so very true in 1918 but also true in 2020, we were living in an age of innocence. Awakening from the age of innocence has been our 2020 theme and we had no idea the amount of change this year would have. I will be eternally grateful for this time we have all had to slow down, focus on what is important and my prayer is to effect how we move forward. Love each other as Christ loves us!

Love to you all,

Amy

2020 word of the year, it has taken 6 months to find it!

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