I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to study in Valencia, Spain, in the Summer of 2019, immersed in the country’s culture and language. I had a huge appreciation for my time abroad already, but the difficulties of this year have allowed me to unlock a heightened sense of gratitude for those carefree travel experiences.
No matter whether times are good or not so good, I am grateful to have the love and support of my family and friends – always. I am forever thankful, always grateful, and abundantly blessed to be surrounded by these people. Oh, and my pets! I am grateful for the joy and happiness they bring me.
I’m so grateful for the talented and compassionate team in Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s NICU. When my daughter, Madison, was born earlier this year, she immediately needed care in the Level 3 NICU at TMH. Thanks to the amazing team there, she’s now a healthy and vibrant baby who is looking forward to her first birthday.
In January 2020, my mom turned 100! Because her birthday was pre-COVID, we were able to hold a party, gathering friends and family from across the country. When lockdown happened and her assisted living facility was shut down, we weren’t able to see her in person for many months. Then, she came down with COVID and we feared the worst. Miraculously, mom fully recovered and is getting close to her 101st birthday! This photo is from our sweet reunion — the first time we were physically together in six months. For such a challenging year, I am so grateful for the many blessings God has showered on us, especially the life of my mom.
Throughout the past 250 years, the quirky little experiment known as American democracy has survived– surprisingly intact and robust– due in no small measure to the institution of journalism. The Fourth Estate is in fact the only societal/political force whose influence is not consistently or officially recognized. This is crucial to the American experiment. Whether it was during the formation of our country, or when the country was at odds with itself, and especially at this time, a free and vigorous press has been the central institutional force that has held all the others together. We’ve had plenty of rags to support others’ riches, and broadsheets of indoctrination rather than information. We’ve suffered under a tabloid mentality almost to the brink of destruction, but in the end it is our words, not restricted by censorship in political or ideological matters, that has endured in print and helped guide us to be our better selves as a nation. For that, I am so grateful.
I am so grateful that I got to raise my children, and now get to watch them raise theirs, in a nation to tells them they can be anything — and then sometimes actually fulfills that promise. I’m also grateful that through this crazy year, so far at least, the four generations of our family have remained free of the virus that is wreaking havoc upon so many other families.