Putting 2020 behind!


During this holiday season, I would like to take a moment to reflect on my year, what I have accomplished, and what I have failed to do.  The first two months, I was eager, determined, and working towards my goals with passion.  Then Covid-19 happened.  Everything became uncertain, and my eagerness and determination slowed down.

While none of us could have predicted the unprecedented challenges brought by 2020, all I could say is that my faith is the one thing that remained steady and kept me going.  This allowed me to turn the negative parts of 2020 into moments of strength and hope.

I am grateful that I have survived the chaos and most importantly, my family is okay.  I am stronger than how I started this year and I am ready to start the new one.  As you are reading this, I hope this strength branches out to you, stays with you throughout next year, and makes you do wonderful things.

With my gratitude and thanks, I wish you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season, and most importantly, a stronger 2021.


  1. 2020 was/is a hard year. I am blessed to have come out of it better than I was when it started. My family stayed healthy and we added a member to it by adopting our youngest daughter and we figured out that me being a SAHM was doable and I can spend all my time with my girls! When life hands you lemons…

    • Your younger daughter will definitely make you have a wonderful Holiday Season. Sending blessings to your beautiful family for a wonderful 2021 year.

  2. I could have written this as it’s exactly how I feel! As I pointed back over 2020 my faith is what got me through! My relationship with God helped me focus on the little miracles. It was tough, I won’t lie, still is as we are quarantined for Christmas. But when I focus on my blessings and put my trust in the Lord I know I will survive and come out of this with a new found strength

  3. Thank you for the kind words and well wishes you offer everyone here Marjie. I will say 2020 was supposed to be a great year for me as I started the year by coming back to America from my European Honeymoon with the love of my life.
    But within 2 months I watched alone as my mother suddenly died before me. That was 3 days before the Covid pandemic locked down our country. Then my wife got very sick with massive ovarian tumors. So though I have made it to the finish line, I barely am crawling over the line.
    With that said, I will say that the smile, love, and faith of my wife in me and our new family is what is inspires me to keep moving into the new year. So, I pray that everyone finds that one person who will help inspire them when they truly need it and if you cant find that person….perhaps that is because you are meant to be that person for someone else in 2021!

    • Eric, I am so sorry for everything that happened to you in 2020. I am sending prayers your way. I am hopeful that you will have a better year in 2021. Faith, hope, and love conquer all.

  4. I had the same feelings as you. I was super optimistic when the year started and boom pandemic happened but now we are about to start a new one, I am grateful and excited. Happy New Year, Marjie.

  5. It was a really crazy year for sure but I’m excited to move on and leave this year behind. I’m just hoping we can get back to normal and forget this whole covid deal because it really does put a damper on everything!

  6. I can’t wait for 2020 to be in the rearview mirror. My father died (non-COVID) in May so it was a bad time. Then, we are spending so much time trying to avoid getting sick. As a transplant recipient, I am still pretty nervous about catching COVID and my husband is pretty scared. We also read that folks with Down Syndrome have a higher risk of dying from COVID too which means my daughter is at risk as well. Getting the vaccine will allow us to relax a little and go into 2021 not as tightly wound,

    Welcome 2021!

  7. Almost end of 2020 and would like to personally thank you, all the gratitude to you with all that you share in your blog where we learn a lot of good deeds, we can do this and finish the year with a bang, goodbye covid 🙂 Prosperous 2021 to you!

  8. Thank you for you lovely words – and all the good recipes that made this terrible year a better one 😉 Hope next year holds some nice surprises in store because I certainly cannot stand another one like this.
    All the best to you and your family!

  9. I’m so ready for 2020 to be over and like you, I also accomplished things in 2020. I might not have done so if the year wasn’t like it was either.

  10. Hi Marjorie. What you said resonated with me. I was truly excited about 2020 and then my excitement faded to anxiety and worry. At that moment I drew closer to my faith and that is what has kept me.

    The moments of 2020 were dire, frightful, and in deed scary. How can you fight an enemy you cannot see? How do you protect yourself from something you cannot see. Let us continue walking in faith knowing that we are protected from this invisible enemy.
    Thank you for sharing how 2020 has impacted you.
    I too am ready to turn the page over to begin a brand new year.
    Happy New Year and may 2021 be the best year ever.



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