December 7, 2020


Dear November,

Fall is coming to an end. Instead of leaves falling from the trees, there are cold raindrops falling from the dark skies. The extra blankets are piled on top of my bed. Our classroom lost its heat, so I've been layering sweater upon sweater and wearing extra thick socks with my winter snow boots. 

Even though the skies may be dark, the kids in my classroom have bright spirits. Lots of hugs. Lots of laughs. The cutest drawings and sweetest smiles (under masks). And so much to be grateful for. I know I write this in every month's letter, but after last spring, I will never again take for granted the ability to teach and be in the classroom with my kids. 

November started off pretty rough and my heart needed a definite reset. The loneliness has been really affecting my heart, especially as a single person. The holiday season is always hard as a single person, but even more so in the midst of a pandemic. Readers, check on all your friends, but especially your single friends. I'm not great at reaching out myself, but it's something I pray I'll be better at. 

After a few weeks and lots of written out prayers that were sprinkled with frustration and big emotions, that stubborn heart of mine finally reset. I'm still in a daily struggle to bind my wandering heart to Jesus but I'm trying to take my own medicine and take things one day at a time. 

Aside from that, Thanksgiving took place on Zoom this year. My sister and I delivered meals to dear friends. And I started listening to Christmas music as soon as November started...because it's 2020, of course! My family and I have been doing weekly hikes and it's become the best way to escape the craziness that is life -- truly, one of the greatest gifts of living in the PNW (and exploring with our curious rescue pup from Texas makes it so much more fun, too!). 

November, you weren't an easy month. But the little moments? Those made every tough day worth it.  

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