The Year 2020 :: We Will Rise Up

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It’s been a difficult year. I’ve experienced suffering and I’ve seen it in others. If I’m honest, I’ve hated it. And like most, I’m ready for this pandemic to end. Normalcy would be so nice.

Moms have the power to rise up and above 2020.I don’t know your personal story, but your feelings are valid. Your struggle is real. Every hard thing about 2020 you are facing is legitimate.

And there’s one thing I know with absolute confidence: we will rise up again.

Mama, you won’t feel this lonely for long. This is a season.

Pick up that phone and call someone; hear their actual voice. Enjoy the comfort of that friend or family member.

Let’s relish the good together. Laugh and cry! Yes, hands down, it has been a pretty traumatizing year. But I know motherhood; we are shaped and built to find the good in these moments. You CAN find the light in the darkness. You can even BE the light when there is not one to be found.

We need to find joy and soak it in. Let’s search for happy moments and rest in them more than we’ve ever done before. Yes, there’s a storm blowing all around us. Yes, we have moments of real fear, possibly even PTSD.

But this storm has nothing on us moms. We set the tone of the whole house, and we can do this. We can find the good and the happy in every day and simply magnify it. No matter what happens with the upcoming school year, we can frame difficult experiences for our kids in a positive light. Stop and smell the roses. A positive spin will only help those around us. Sometime we all need a pep talk, both kids and adults.

Let’s take 2020 by storm. Let’s rise up, mama bears, and relish the joy we can squeeze out of 2020!

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Amber has been married to her college sweetheart from Texas A&M, Kyle, for 11 years. They encountered the difficulty of infertility, and it became the biggest blessing of their lives when it pushed them to pursue adoption. Both of their kids (Willow and Jonas) were born in China and adopted as toddlers; attachment has been a beautiful and unique story with each of them. Amber used to teach and then followed her passion to help children as a school counselor before becoming a mom. Although Amber stays at home with her children now, one day a week she gets to practice play therapy as a licensed professional counselor at Family Connections Counseling in Colleyville. Faith, family, and friends are especially important to Amber. On a day off, you can find her playing games, laughing, reading, talking, sleeping, watching a movie, or enjoying family time outside.

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