2021–A Year in Review
What a year 2021 has been. I like to look back over the previous year. I enjoy making new year lists and resolutions. It helps me to gain perspective. It helps me to remember to be grateful.
2021 was certainly a year for the record books.
We had snow-mageddon–not once but twice which was a true record for central Texas. My brother Steve died from Covid. We mourned and wept and huddled down and prayed for a vaccine, for relief, for God’s guidance. I knitted and sewed and puzzled. I wrote books, published books, edited books–immersed myself in words and imaginary lives.
And then the vaccines came, and I was able to breathe again when my mom was vaccinated, then my husband, my son, myself. We poked our heads outside. We began to meet in person, to worship in person. I re-joined my church’s praise band. We marveled at being able to spend time with friends and family. We relished our time spent together and enjoyed those gatherings outside. Fawns were born, flowers returned, dogs ran through the fields. Summer followed spring, as it always does. We took simple trips–close to home, our time spent outside, carefully…carefully.
Sports returned and life in our small town took on some semblance of normal. We celebrated the 4th of July together, then fall, Thanksgiving, and soon Christmas. We welcomed Milo and Duke to our family.
If I were to be honest (and what’s the point of writing if you can’t do so honestly), it’s been a hard year filled with grief and loss. But it’s also been a year filled with blessing and renewal and love. As we approach 2022, there’s a tentative feeling of “we can do this” along with a little fear that things might grow worse again. But the one thing we can be sure of is His love, His guidance and our commitment to each other. Those things are constant.
And so my wish for you is time to reflect and courage to look forward. May your holidays be a balm for your spirit and a blessing to your heart.
See you in 2022.