It's time for me to go on a blogging break. We have Christmas to look forward to with our family and 2 adorable grandbabies next week. The presents have been purchased and wrapped. They'll go under the tree Christmas Eve to keep them away from little fingers. We have a holiday planned and Megan turns 21 next month.
Our year has been quite an emotional one even without Covid 19 turning the world upside down. We lost a close family member back in February. Her passing was quicker than expected and resulted in some family relationships becoming very strained ( to say the least ).
My Mum finished her final round of heavy chemo treatments in March just before Covid restrictions came into force. Mum and Dad have been in their own version of lockdown all year with Mum mostly staying home for the last 2 years. She's doing well now but still has her challenging days.
In March we had the birth of our second grandbaby. Bryson is just a delight to be around and his constant smiles light up a room. Unfortunately the panic buying had just started a couple of days before Bryson's birth. Darren and I raced from supermarket to supermarket to buy nappies and formula for both Luka and Bryson.
We had family living with us from February until 2 days before stage 4 lockdown in August. Our full house worked quite well most of the time and it was wonderful to be a part of Luka and Bryson's life every day. Luka loved to sit on my knee to share my toast and jam every morning.
We helped move both Jessica and Megan a total of 4 times. Three of the moves were emergency moves during various stages of lockdowns. Hopefully things have settled down and both girls are happy where they are living.
Darren and I became empty nesters at the start of August. The quietness of our home was a bit of a shock after having a full house. Thankfully we enjoy each other's company and have spent many hours out on the deck drinking cups of tea and watching the clouds go by.
We celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary on 2nd September. Although our Cook Islands holiday was postponed, we did enjoy a candlelit dinner at home, just the 2 of us in stage 4 lockdown.
We've see work come and go. When things got tough, I started sewing face masks to sell. When that slowed down, I made cards, sewed hanging tea towels / hand towels, made bath bombs, soaps, book marks and jam. With shops being closed, there was a real demand for handmade goodies. My newly acquired craft room was buzzing and the sewing machine went into overdrive. At one point I ' employed ' Darren to take orders.
I enjoyed online card making days with my friends from The Cheapskates Club. It was wonderful to catch up, compare notes on how we were going and made a few cards along the way. Luka enjoyed bringing me biscuits and saying hello to the ladies.
We spent as much time as possible out in the back yard gardening and tidying up. We planted more veggies, fed and pruned fruit trees, helped Luka explore the great outdoors and had many meals and cuppas out on the deck.
We survived ( and at times thrived ) a 14 week lockdown - one of the longest in the world. The hardest part was not being able to see Jessica and my parents. Another challenge was keeping our younger family members calm and sane when all they wanted to do was live normally. This really took an emotional toll on me.
I've spent the last few months building up my stockpile as supermarket shelves returned to normal ( sort of ). Our fruit trees will be supplying lots of fruit for eating, freezing and jam making over the next couple of months.
Slowly we are getting our lives back to normal although I don't think we'll ever be the same. On a positive note, our home is squeaky clean, our backyard looks wonderful and we are more organised.
Thankyou to all of you who read my blog, especially during my daily posts earlier this year. We've all travelled this year together through the ups and down. Thankyou to those who supported Darren and I through buying my handmade goodies. You've helped and encouraged us more than you'll ever know.
If you are living where lockdowns, restrictions and ( at times ) fear is a part of your every day life, I'd like to encourage you to get up each day with a sense of purpose of what goals you'd like to achieve. This, and God's protection kept me going during our darkest days this year. Having a list in my head when I woke up really got me going.
Have a blessed Christmas, love and enjoy your family near and far.
I'll be back blogging again in late January, early February. If I get the chance, I'll put up some holiday reading posts to keep you inspired and challenged.
|Jam for presents|
|The day Bryson as born|
|Luka playing in the laundry basket|
|Luka kissing Bryson|
|From the kitchen|
|Our guttering display|
|Princess sun baking|
|Luka and Darren picking cherries|
|Potatoes and tomatoes growing|
|My birthday flowers from Luka|
|Our anniversary lunch platter|
|Out on the deck|
|Selling face masks|
|Handmade greeting cards|