Mindful March

I decided to give March the word mindful because being mindful was a lesson taught to me this month.

At the start of this month, I had no idea of the change that was in store for my country and state, it’s weird looking back at how clueless my friends, family, and I were when this virus felt so far away.

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Happenings 

  • I had my senior photos taken, which was weird because the fact that I am now a senior seems a bit unreal.

(Get ready for a slight photo dump..)

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My teacher of  seventeen years and counting (we all know who I am going to call when I move out)

I don’t even look old enough to turn eighteen this December.

 

  • A lot of plans canceled 

My family was going to go to nationals for my siblings’ basketball teams, but that was canceled due to COVID-19, understandably.

-My co-op is canceled, and I doubt we’ll go back this school year, which for me as a senior means I am never going back.

-I’m off work due to working in an afternoon care program for a co-op.

-A women’s retreat my mom and I were planning on going to was also canceled, as well as other things.

I’m hoping other things are just postponed since I am a senior and a lot of things that are no longer going to happen were going to be my last time, but if not, it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

 

Right now, all I can do is pray and stay healthy.

 

  • On the brighter side, we got chicks!

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This one’s named Nugget.

A friend tried to pick up one by the beak because he thinks that can determine if they’re male or female, thankfully, he couldn’t get a grip, so no necks were broken.

 

  • I took bluebonnets pictures of my siblings because we’re Texan, it’s required

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My siblings are all so good looking, it’s unfair.

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My little brother, Shayne, asked to try to take pictures of me, and although I looked like a crackhead in half of them, he actually did a good job??

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the version of me that all of my friends see

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What?? Thanks, Shayne, wow.

  • My little brother turned four!

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THIS BOY.

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He’s my buddy, my obvious favorite (sorry, my six other siblings, but come on. Y’all can’t blame me) and probably my favorite guy to exist.

I remember the day he came, the caseworker sat him down in our living room and went to help my parents with the paperwork. We all gathered around him and stared at this tiny boy with big black eyes, and he stared right back. I tried so hard to not get close to him because we were a foster to adopt family, and we didn’t think he’d stay with us.

He stole all of our hearts and we were so afraid of losing him. Thankfully, instead, we now have him and his three siblings to call our sisters and brothers forever. ❤

IMG_1118“Hey, Grace, do you wanna sit by me and talk about dragons and stuff?”-J.J.,2020

 

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Lessons Learned 

 

  • My family is pretty awesome.

I already knew that, but being stuck with them all day every day has made me really realize that there’s no other group of crazy weirdos that I’d rather be in this boat with.

Their love for the Lord, especially my mom’s, always inspires me to try harder.

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  • I need to be more focused. 

Once again, I am losing focus on what’s really important. Sometimes I think that I focus so much on my relationships with others that I forget about my relationship with God, and that’s obviously not right and is a source of a lot (if not all) of my problems.

I had a dream about getting in a car wreck the other night (I’m actually going to use it in a future blog post), in the dream, I didn’t want to die a mediocre Christian.

That’s really what I’ve been, a mediocre Christian, wallowing in self-pity.

While it’s okay to be sad (which is one of the reasons I share so much on here, to show that), it’s not okay to let it keep you down or from doing the right thing.

Lately, I haven’t spent as much time in prayer as I need to, partly because I’ve never been really good at praying, but I won’t get better if I don’t work on it and being mindful while praying.

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let's chat

What have you been up to?
What lessons are you currently learning?

 

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24 thoughts on “Mindful March

  1. It is crazy how fast life changes. All of my jobs are canceled until next semester to. =P
    I hope they do just postpone some of your stuff so you are able to attend. ❤
    Your pictures are beautiful as always. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. aww, Grace, you look so pretty in all those photos!!! ❤ and your siblings are SO adorable 😊 i'm so sorry that many things got canceled, i really hope most of it is just postponed. your chicks are so adorable, though!!! have a beautiful April ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, you’re too kind! ☺️
      It’s all a part of God’s plan, I’m sure it’s for the best in the long run, but hopefully they’ll just be postponed. ❤
      Have a beautiful April as well. ❤ ❤

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  3. I’m glad to hear that you’re managing okay, Gray. These are some great photos. I hope that your community isn’t been impacted too terribly from COVID-19. So far, my slice of rural southwestern PA is doing okay. I’m able to teach and take my classes online. The only thing I’m not doing is the tutoring which I’ve been doing as a side-job. That might go online at some point, but for now, it’s just cancelled. I’ve been a bit slovenly lately, but I’ve been spending a lot of great time with my wife and family, so it hasn’t been too bad. Maybe I’ll write up a new blog post here soon.

    Wishing you all the best.

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    1. Thanks, Patrick!
      It hasn’t been too terribly, although we are under a shelter in place at the moment. I’m glad y’all are doing well.
      I’ve been slovenly as well, but I agree with you that this has been a good reminder to spend time with our loved ones, and I’m glad you are able to do that. 🙂
      Happy writing and best wishes!

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  4. The pictures of your siblings in the flower field are so beautiful, made me wish that I could go out and take pics. It’s great to hear that you and your family are doing ok, it’s certainly been hard (mentally and spirituality) but praying that the Lord will help us guide through these hard times.

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    1. Hopefully you’ll be able to soon, we are very lucky to have a field behind us. 🙂
      I’m sorry that it has been hard for you, I’ll be praying for you. These times can be so discouraging, but in the end, God still wins. ❤

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  5. Your little adopted brother is sooooooo cute! I CAN’T WITH HIM. <333

    I relate so hard to the lack of focus lately, and the focusing more on relationships with other people than with God. My social media consumption has gone up what with all this free time, but it's taking away from my prayer and Bible time, so I'm working on getting back on track.

    Lovely post, Gray <33

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