Wow me! It is still so crazy that another year is almost over; time sure flies. It seems as if everything is on speed dial, and we cannot do anything about it to slow it down, we have to either keep up or lag, and I am not for the latter, and neither should you. The year has been quite an interesting one for my family and me. I have had some very high moments and some low ones. Yet through it all, I have made it through not of my strengths because I have fallen into moments of doubt, frustration, and worry several times. And as I write this post, to sum up how 2022, I found myself going through various emotions. I, however, feel mostly gratitude to God because He has been marvelously good to my family and me.
To start, I will share my not-so-high moments first:
- Joblessness – I was terminated from my job near the end of 2021 because I declined the covid vaccine. I did not write about this because I think it’s a sensitive topic. While I was not worried in the least bit about not having a job, I did not expect my husband to be terminated about two months later. That was a shocker!! Not only that, we lost all our benefits, dental and medical. We were stripped of everything and denied unemployment benefits. Together we faced our challenges head-on, adjusted to our new normal, and moved forward in faith. Though it was not the easiest of situations, we made it through.
- Sickness – Due to the fact that I was home, hubby and I decided that it would be an opportune time to have our third child, so I became pregnant in December of 2021. Consequently, 2022 started with me being sick due to horrible pregnancy symptoms, which lasted for a while, and I could not do much of anything. I even had to stop blogging. During this time, I did not lose any subscribers, and I feel so blessed that you all remained, even though you were unaware of what was going on for months.
- Nursing School On Hold – I was a full-time nursing student, and when the vaccine mandate came about, I was getting ready to do my clinical. However, I could not continue because no one would accept me unless I were vaccinated. Honestly, that took a toll because I had worked so hard to get to where I was, and I was looking forward to graduating with my Bachelor’s in Nursing. I am not sure what is next, but time will tell.
Now for the High Moments:
- Author-life: I wrote a faith-based children’s Book entitled, “Jedidiah’s Special Friend,” which I published at the beginning of the year on Amazon. It is about a little boy with an exceptional friend who promises to love, care for, and teach His ways. This friend also encourages him to share His love with others so they can also experience His amazing love.
- SAHM Life – I became a stay-at-home mom again, and it felt great. I now had more time to be with my children, which was the best part. I used to have to scrimmage for the time between going to school full-time, working full-time, and being a wife and mother. I do not miss those tiring graveyard shifts.
- A New Baby – In August this year, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Emmah-Rose, our newly found joy. She is such a delight, and we are crazy about her. What made this pregnancy so meaningful to me is that she would not have been here if I was still working and in school full-time. It would have been too much to do, so it holds that everything happens for a reason. By the way, she will be four months at the time of this post.
- Hubby got re-hired – After approximately eight months of being kicked from his job and stripped of his benefits, my husband got reinstated with all his benefits. And all I can say is that God is so Good to us because, during our moment of hardship, he provided opportunities for my husband to provide for us, pay our bills and even cover all my pregnancy expenses. To top it off, right around the time the baby was getting ready to be born, we got back our benefits to cover delivery and hospital costs. Singing, “I serve an on-time God; yes, He is. He may not come when you want him, but He’ll be there right on time…..on time God”
- Blogging– Once I had gotten past my morning sickness, I started blogging more, and best of all, I had more people join this community, and I am so thankful. Itz Holitically Wholesome would not have been without all of you. You have helped me bring my passion to life, and I hope that in the coming year, I will be able to provide you with content that will add value to your lives by God’s grace.
God’s richest Blessings, and see you all in 2023.