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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  • 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!


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


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??

the version of me that all of my friends see


What?? Thanks, Shayne, wow.

  • My little brother turned four!

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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. ❤

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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.


  • 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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