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11/23/2021
All The November Feels: Thankful, Mindful and Grateful
If you’re like me, as soon as November hits, your mind naturally begins to shift towards reflecting on all that you are thankful for. This past month has been a tough one in the Byrd household, and I know many of you will be able to relate. We have been quarantined three times so far this year. As you know, this means juggling schedules, canceling, and changing plans, comforting, and reassuring young hearts, and being flexible. The last week in October, BOTH my girls tested positive for COVID, and we were back in isolation. My friends, sometimes LIFE. IS. HARD. And you know what? It’s okay to be frustrated and upset. If you read my last blog, you read my message that “It’s okay to not be okay.” That is a place where we all land sometimes. But it’s not a place where you want to live. It is in these moments when we need to dig deep and remember all the good and positive things in our lives. When we think of what we do have, rather than what we do not have, our entire mindset changes and we realize how truly blessed we are.
I am thankful!
Finding myself home with my girls during our quarantine and isolation times allowed me some extra (sometimes quiet) moments to reflect on some of the things I am most grateful for. I am so thankful for my village of friends and family. Upon hearing of the girl’s isolation, help began to arrive in different ways. Some help arrived in the form of phone calls and notes, while others dropped off cards, care packages, and goodies to help keep the girls occupied during this challenging time. These kindnesses were so deeply appreciated. For a few days I was struggling with how to make it all work. I realized that it’s okay to ask for and accept help. I am so thankful for all the help we received.