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2020 Notes and Thoughts

I think it’s safe to say that 2020 was totally different than we all expected it to be. Different isn’t always bad. COVID brought a lot of changes to our everyday lives, but going with the flow and learning to make the best of it has made all the difference.

I don’t know what 2021 has in store, but I’m praying it’s awesome for each and every person reading this! Here are a few of my thoughts and stats from 2020. Feel free to share yours in the comments 🙂

Books Read 39

Best Fiction Read Lulu’s Cafe by T.I. Lowe.

Best Nonfiction Read Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra.

New Addition Niva.

Girl napping with husky

New thing Homeschooling Sadie.

Different thing No longer nursing.

Excitement Finding out my brother and sister are expecting baby #2 for their families!

Travel Ohiopyle and North Carolina.

Family photo at the beach in Outer Banks

Hard stuff COVID, rehoming Mavis, and Jimmy’s hospitalization.

Celebrations Valentine’s Day, Forth of July, Jimmy + my brother-in-law + niece’s birthdays, Sadie’s second birthday party, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Funny thing Accidentally baking a cupcake carrying case.

Looking forward to 2021, I’m excited to keep doing what I’m doing right now: sharing my life here, serving the Lord, and loving my little family zoo ❤

What are you looking forward to in 2021?

P.S. I’m currently working on a Q&A post, so if you have any questions, let me know and I’ll be sure to include them!

Snapshots From the Outer Banks Part II

As promised, I have a few more pictures and details from our trip to the Outer Banks earlier this month!

Husband and wife with baby girl in Outer Banks

We stayed from a Wednesday to a Monday and were able to squeeze in a lot of fun. My dad and Jimmy went fishing off of the Avalon Fishing Pier and caught ten skate, we all went shopping (Sadie made out really well and got spoiled with a stuffed animal from her Pap Pap and lots of clothes from Grandma!), visited Jeanette’s Pier, Jimmy got a haircut, and I got a pedicure! It was downright luxurious 🙂

We went out to eat for dinner each night, which was such a treat. Sadie was just starting solids, so she enjoyed lots of shrimp, bread, and veggies. My mom also fed her gourmet breakfasts (pancakes, eggs, fruit, etc.!) each morning, which was adorable. We also visited our home away from home church, Son Rise Church of Christ, on Palm Sunday and it was great!

Baby on Avalon Fishing Pier in Outer BanksDad and baby smilingChicken dinner at Sandbars Raw Bar and Grill in Outer Banks, NCGrandfather holding baby girl and looking at computerBaby girl sleeping in grandmother's armsMom and baby on beach

It was truly such a wonderful, relaxing, and fun trip. We felt so incredibly blessed to spend time as a family with my parents and can’t wait to do it all again in the future!

Where is your favorite place to vacation?