There is a lot of posts on social media lately asking what was your silver lining in 2020?

This year has been full of ups and downs. It has had a ton of heart break and loss. A year full of changes and things turned upside down. New challenges and ways of living that hasn’t been the easiest. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones.

This year did have some good in it too. We have to focus on the positive to get us through the hard times. I always find myself thinking, it could be worse. You have to find the silver lining sometimes to get to the next step, the next phase. We can’t stay stuck in the same place with no progress.

Our Silver Lining

My husband started working from home in March and has been home ever since. It has been wonderful having him home more and he is a little less stressed. The girls were also home way more this year since the didn’t have to physically go to school. I say we were blessed to have our family together more this year.

Purchased a Second Home

This is our third home purchase since 2016. We bought 3 homes in 4 years. I hope we stay in this one a little longer because I really like it. We didn’t sell our home, but we kept it as an investment property/rental. It was a crazy time but LOVE our new home so much. It has so much more space and privacy for working from home and school.

Proud Parents

Our son bought his first home and a brand new Jeep Rubicon. YES, he was only 19 when he purchased his first home!! It’s weird having a kid that is a grown up that makes grown up decisions. We are proud of him and his determination to make a great life for himself.

The Grand Canyon

We took a 3 day road trip to the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Monument Valley. It was our first time at the Grand Canyon and it was so amazing. One of the best vacations we have had and didn’t cost a ton of money. If you ever get a chance to go, do it!

Road Trip to Texas

We got to drive to Texas and spend two weeks with family and friends. It was a last minute decision because I didn’t want my daughter on a plane. It ended up being a great time to visit family. We spent a few days at my aunt’s lake house on Toledo Bend just like old times. I got to spend a few days with my sister and see her new house.

Trips to Sedona

We got to go on a family vacation this summer to Sedona for my youngest daughters birthday. We have been a few times for day trips to knock off some more hiking trails. It’s my happy place and love living only 2 hours away.

18 Year Wedding Anniversary

My husband and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary in Sedona and Flagstaff. Just a couples trip because we don’t get much time with just the two of us. I got to see the beautiful fall leaves up on top of the San Francisco Peaks. We try to plan a trip for just us once a year around our anniversary.

3rd Annual Christmas Vacation

We ended the year with our 3rd annual family Christmas vacation in the mountains. This is always my favorite time of the year. We get to reflect on the year and spend time without distractions. The time goes by slower and nothing else seems to matter. Christmas in the middle of nowhere. No city lights, no wifi, no noise from the world, no video games.

We spent the week spending time as a family. We went to the historic town of Williams and walked around. Christmas eve we went Jeeping, listened to Christmas music while touring the mountains covered in snow, even got out to play in snow. Christmas day we went on a family hike in the woods and ended with more card games. It was the perfect way to end this year.

Looking Back

The BEST moments are always those spent with family. I realize that and as my kids get older and we get older, it’s more and more important. This year our family has been blessed with good health and happiness. One of my biggest fears was getting sick, we are all well! Celebrate all the good things.

I wish you and your family health, happiness and wealth into the new year.