Oh my gosh, friends. It is with a joyfully exploding heart, that I can share that I’m finally going home to Ohio to visit my family!
It has been since CHRISTMAS that I’ve seen my family, and thanks to COVID and its resulting restrictions on travel ((hello 10 hour road trip)), I finally am able to leave NYC and visit my people in the heartland.
I know that a lot of you have been praying for me ever since I shared how homesick I’ve been, so I wanted to just say a humongous thank you! Your prayers worked!
And the MOST exciting part, is that a certain gentleman is going to be accompanying me! So that is extra special.
If there’s one thing that COVID has taught me, it’s the importance of the people I care about. I will never EVER take for granted a single moment that I’m together with my family/friends. Because life is short, and fragile, and who’d have EVER thought that a global pandemic would cause us to not be able to see our loved ones for months and months on end.
So, for the next two weeks I’ll be quarantining before flying home for a week! What a sweet, sweet, reunion that will be!
I’ve often thought about — if I could go back and “re-do” quarantine, what I would do? And aside from the obvious: stock piling hand sanitizer and toilet paper, I often wonder if I should have gone home. You see, back in late February/early March, my brother (who is a doctor) and my father (who is right about everything, literally) were both warning me that this is going to get really bad, and that I should fly home before NYC becomes an unrecognizable wasteland. I mean, my dad even predicted the looting and civil unrest. And I, of course, chose to ride it out, thinking it was going to be just a few weeks of hunkering down in my cute little studio apartment. Oh, how wrong I was.
So – would I have gone home to ride out the pandemic in Ohio? Quite honestly, though I would have absolutely loved —LOVED — to be in the company of my parents, and in the comfort of their home, riding the pandemic out in the city independently taught me invaluable lessons. Lessons about my own strength and fortitude, and not to mention, it really allowed for the beautiful blossoming of important relationships in my life. Relationships that were my rock, as we navigated the world burning around us.
And lastly, by navigating the pandemic alone, it forced me to draw on the Lord for my strength. Which, also not having a physical church to attend, made me take my faith life into my own hands. I had to intentionally make time for Jesus, and build worship into my day, relying on Him for comfort and solace, and courage. And boy, did He provide. I think He did a lot of carrying through the storm, whether I realized it or not.
But enough pontificating. It’s time to get freakin’ excited about visiting my family!!!!!!!! Eeeek!
Thank you again for your prayers. Know that you are in mine too!
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