Dear 2020,

You were a very interesting year to say the least.  Between the pandemic, social unrest, heightened political strife, government overreach, toilet paper shortages & all the other craziness some might say you were a pretty bad year, even Dystopian feeling at times.  I do have to agree that there were some pretty trying events that occurred.  People suffered loss, there were graduation, wedding, birthday & other events that were never celebrated, sporting events that never occurred, and many other things that were missed. 

I am sure that many of you reading have similar stories to this one.  It all started to get personal for us in March when we had to cancel the SuperTwin’s 13th birthday party due to the beginning of the restrictions.  Cover school functions were cancelled, church stopped meeting live, our beloved homeschool basketball league was cancelled for the year, even supere’s High School Graduation was cancelled.

This was also the year we lost our very much adored pup of over 10 years.  He ran out one afternoon when no one was looking and just kept running.  He could not find his way back home and a little Maltese pup was no match for the vehicle that hit him. 🙁 That was the toughest of all & really had nothing to do with the events going on other than it did happen in 2020.  

In spite of all your challenges, 2020, we were able to have some victories!  There were some bad things, but also some REALLY good things came out of 2020.  First of all, and most importantly, you helped us to realize that God is enough.  Family is enough.  We don’t need to run here & there & everywhere to be content.  In fact, some great verses to take to heart concerning 2020 are all about contentment in Christ:

1 Timothy 6:6-12 But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.  But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

So, thank you 2020 for showing us contentment in the Lord!  In addition to the more Godly lesson, you also gave us other great gifts & taught us things about ourselves that we would not have learned otherwise.  For example, I had no idea that I would love gardening so much.  We are usually so busy running around here & there that we don’t have time for a big garden.  This year was a great start to what I hope will be many more years of lots of yummy fruits & vegetables all grown by our own efforts.  It is so rewarding!

2020 also brought a new Daughter in Law to our family.  She is truly a blessing and I am happy to see her and my son honoring the Lord with their relationship.   If you take SKrafty PE, Dance Classes or even just send in help tickets you might see her around as she is already fully plugged into SKrafty!

In addition to these blessings I mentioned & many more, one of my FAVORITE things is knowing that we have a wonderful online community of friends.  It is so amazing to be a part of the SKrafty community, and I could not ask for a better group of parents, students and players.  That is one thing that 2020 did not take away.  We love you all so much, pray for you often, and hope your 2021 is blessed!  

Have you learned anything from 2020?  We’d love to hear about it! 

Happy New Year!

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