Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Care and Concern for All My Babies

 As a mom, it is natural to be concerned for your children from the time they are born until forever. It doesn't matter how old your children get or how capable they become, a mom never stops thinking about and worrying about her children.

My 22 years old is a full-time student and soon-to-be graduate of The University of Texas Austin and works a full-time job. The thought her zipping in and out of Austin traffic on I-35 and her having to come home after dark alone keeps me in constant prayer for her safety and well-being.

My 13 years old loves skateboarding, playing video games and being social with his friends. Unfortunately, COVID has required us to strategize his social life. We allow him to spend time at our local skate park, because at least it's outside. I worry, however, that he and the teenagers he meets up with are not always social distancing. Lord, please help him make wise choices and keep him COVID-free.

My 7 month old loves playing fetch, rolling in and eating the grass, and sticking as close to me as possible. He had to go to the emergency room due to a laceration on his ear. I was not thrilled that I had to drop him off and leave him. I wasn't convinced they would take good-enough care of him. He was visibly apprehensive as I handed over his leash, and my heart was heavy until he was back in my cared.

Whether it's my two biological babies or my fur-baby, my worry, care and concern for them will always be the same.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

My JOYS of 2020

 My JOYS of 2020

During the month of November I wrote 30 #gratikus about the people, place and things for which I am grateful. I featured some of my poems in a previous post. 

I enjoyed writing these haikus every day, because I learned to slow down, pay attention, and capture moments in time (in the present) that made me be present in the moment.

For the month of December I am reflecting on 31 days of JOY-filled moments from throughout 2020. I have looked back through notebooks and scrolled through photos to recollect and relive the excitement and joy felt at that time.

Despite all that COVID has brought with it in 2020, I am choosing to end this year reflecting on all that is and was good. 

One of my greatest JOYs from 2020 was becoming a member of the #100daysofnotebooking Facebook group, because I developed a daily writing habit.

I wrote a notebook entry every day for the first 100 days of 2020 and beyond, and I have continued to this day. I am proud to be ending this year the way I started it...writing.

The notebooks that have captured my JOYS of 2020.