We’re winding down to the last hours of 2020 and honestly, I can’t be anything but grateful for what this year has brought me. One of the best gifts I ever received this year was actually being named this beautiful little boy’s Godmother a day before my birthday. This was a something I’ve always dreamed of (almost as much as having my own kids) but didn’t think I’d ever get the chance. It means so much more that the request came from someone who’s practically the sister I never had.

So since 2021 is upon us, I’d like to highlight my 2020 and give thanks to God for these beautiful moments that made it one of the best years I’ve had:

I got to travel to a new state (AZ) by myself to visit my friend who had recently moved there. It was the first “friend” vacation I ever took like that and ended up climbing a mountain which is also something I’ve never done. MADE IT TO THE TOP FOLKS!

  • The day before my birthday, I received a card in the mail by my sissy asking me to be her second born’s Godmother which brought me to tears and obviously I said yes! I have a little person who calls me Madrina ❤
  • I got to meet some amazing girls who have made this year so worth it and I consider my girl tribe, my besties. Although COVID really kept hanging out together at a minimum, I still got to build fun and wonderful friendships with them.

I was asked to be my cousins bridesmaid so we ended up going on her bachelorette trip right before they started shutting things down. Let me tell you, that was one heck of a trip lol.

  • We got to celebrate my dad’s birthday in a much happier time compared to last year’s because his diagnosis and he has been 1 year CANCER FREE!
  • COVID allowed for my family to soak up much needed sun in our backyard (which included an inflatable kiddie pool) and it made for some absolutely amazing memories just being together, safe and sound, enjoying nice BBQ’s during the summer. It was loads of fun.

I was asked to be a bridesmaid again by my high school friend and got to experience everything, from the bridal party to the bachelorette to the actual wedding and everything in between. What a wild ride that was lol

  • I would’ve traveled a lot more for my godson but because of COVID it kept us apart, however, I finally got to meet him for the first time on his birthday which made it all the more special. I can’t even begin to describe what that experience was like and I miss him more than anything, hoping to be able to hug him again soon.
  • One of the biggest blessings this year is my family bought a house, something we thought was never going to be a possibility until well into the future. That process only solidified who we are as a family, as a unit, and I couldn’t be more grateful for those 3 individuals in my life. We got to celebrate all of the holidays in our new home and can’t wait to see what next year will bring for us.

Lastly, it was seeing God through all of it. Through the milestones, the trials, the sorrow that the world is going through, God has been there for me and has provided for me. He made this year possible and made it what it was for me and my family.

I know not many could say the same and I empathize so much with their hurt, helping in any way that I can, but it would be ungrateful to say I’ve had it tough when it was the exact opposite for me and I recognize that. These are just some of the amazing things that have happened compared to all the little things in between that make it up as a whole, both good and maybe not so good.

We’re a lot stronger than what we give ourselves credit for.

So although heading into the new year won’t magically erase the virus or the trials that are or will come, I go into it fully confident that I have the big Man upstairs who’s always watching out for me. I’m ready for 2021 and everything it will bring. As crazy as it may sound, 2020 was a year of hope. Hope in knowing that come what may, we can get through anything and we’re a lot stronger than what we give ourselves credit for. Keep pushing, keep believing, and welcome 2021!