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Everything You Need for a Virtual Open House

If you’re reading this you are likely at home trying to wrap your brain around distance learning, or a socially distanced classroom. With that being said, YOU can do this. Teachers are the most capable, and most adaptable people I know. A great way to kick off a school year met with many limitations, is, in my opinion, the same way to begin a traditional school year. That being with an Open House, and an opportunity to Meet the Teacher. We just need to make a few digital tweaks.

Benefits of hosting an Open House or Meet the Teacher (Virtual or Traditional)

  1. First Impressions are EVERYTHING. Better to make an impression where you have control over what is being impressed.
  2. Create a connection, and set the foundation with both families, guardians, and students
  3. A sense of familiarity is created that decreases anxiety, anticipation, and worry for your students
  4. The year begins with a strong communication tie and expectations set
  5. You are able to communicate key information crucial to your classroom clearly and effectively
  6. Collect important information and forms necessary to your classroom
  7. Introduce tech and other platforms you will be using throughout the year, allows for time to set up, log in, register or install.
    • Would LOVE to hear the benefits you see to hosting an Open House or Meet the Teacher, COMMENT BELOW!

Tips for an Effective and Successful Open House or Meet the Teacher (Virtual or Traditional)

  1. Organization & Simplicity is key. Do not throw everything you have and expect and hope something sticks. My welcome packet used to include 6 pages of 11 point font, single-spaced lines, nuggets of gold. Literally, anything you wanted to know, or would ever want to know was included in the packet. Apparently, no one wanted to know about it though… Condense your information. I’ve found it best if I can fit everything they need on a double-sided, fun to look at Graphic Organizer. ***See my examples below.
    • Time is precious when deciding what stations to use at a traditional open house, or what slides to include on a virtual open house, minimize fluff.
  2. Appearance is CRUCIAL. As mentioned, first impressions are EVERYTHING, and whether we like it or not, that first impression on a parent, guardian, or student, will play a powerful role in the coming school year. Just like if you are setting up for a traditional open house where you want everything to appear neat, tidy, and professional…The same goes for a virtual open house. A well thought, well organized, fun to look at, and interact with virtual open house will speak volumes for your first impression. Remember, there is power in being able to control what is put out for others to make a first impression on.
  3. Interaction Creates Connection. Again, this goes for both a traditional Open House | Meet the Teacher, as well as a virtual one. No matter what type, interaction of some sort will be an indicator of success. Many of you are all too familiar with the limitations for connection that any digital format can bring, that is why you need to be especially intentional with your virtual Open House.
    • In the slides I’ve prepared I’ve tried to create moments of connection. Details like a picture, or even better an animated GIF, (Tutorial included and SO SO SIMPLE, if you can navigate google slides, you can create a GIF, pinky promise) as well as a place to insert a short introduction video. There is a warmth that is added when you add video or GIF that goes beyond what only a picture can do.
    • I’ve also included a fun slide that has a digital dice embedded that allows the student to roll the dice and respond to a prompt based on the number they roll. This type of interaction and response is another way to create connection.
    • If that weren’t enough in the slides I’ve created I also encourage (completely editable) for you to use this time to have families schedule their first Zoom Call with you (At a later time and for a brief 3-5 minutes) This will give you the ability to say a quick hello, answer any questions in regards to the open house,

Be aware, when planning your virtual open house, just because you find a digital resource meant for an Open House, or Meet the Teacher doesn’t mean that digital product was intended to be used in a VIRTUAL Open House setting. Most of these digital resources are created to give you the freedom to customize and edit text, but still intended to be printed off and used in the traditional Open House Setting.

For example, the product to the right is DIGITAL, however, it was never intended to be used as a Virtual Open House. There may be some slides you can utilize, but this product is better used in the classroom, printed out, as a traditional classroom Open House or Meet the Teacher.

CLICK HERE for all my Tips & Tricks for a Traditional Open House|Meet the Teacher

 

The following Open House | Meet the Teacher Resource was created and intended to be used as a VIRTUAL Open House or Meet the Teacher. This means that you can utilize every slide in a virtual manner. This also means that not every slide was intended to be printed off and handed out. (***Pages are set up & compatible with a printer, Slides such as the Meet the Teacher, and Classroom Information work great as a hard copy and can be used for years to come.) 

There really are benefits to having a Virtual Open House| Meet the Teacher resource on hand. Obviously, it is important to have a way to meet, connect, and inform this information when distance learning or social distancing is in place, but there is also real value in having this information ready and available to send out to families that have a schedule conflict or can’t attend your traditional Open House | Meet the Teacher. This is also a great and EASY way to welcome any new students or families that may come at any point in the school year. 

My Open House | Meet the Teacher Presentations were created specifically for the virtual learning classroom. These are perfect for back to school, especially if you are looking to send out a digital meet the teacher or invite your students and families to a virtual open house.

If your school is hosting a virtual open house, these products include everything you need to get to know your students better, to connect, and allow your students to get to know you (Meet the Teacher,) as well as gather and supply critical information despite the distance learning limitations.

Each of my Virtual Open House products include over 20 different editable template slides and layouts. The product highlighted in the animations also allows you to completely edit and customize the colors.  Any color (Shades of teal) you see on any of these slides can be completely customized through google slides to match your favorite colors, your classroom’s theme, or even your school colors!

Each Virtual Open House Product also includes links to my favorite (FREE) Parent Survey & Student Learning surveys editable through Google Forms that can be linked within this presentation. Once you begin gathering information and forms digitally as opposed to hard copies…I promise you will never go back. Even When I do a traditional Open House, I prefer to gather information digitally.

Another page that is a lot of FUN, that is included in all of the Virtual Open House | Meet the Teacher Kits is the Roll and Respond page. I am SO excited about this one and can’t wait for you to send this interactive page to your families. This slide allows the students to roll a dice embedded within the slide, then answer a prompt based on what number was rolled. The questions I’ve included (Completely Editable Text) are centered around you and forming a connection with your student. I like these types of questions because not only do they help establish connection, but they also hold the students accountable to actually reading through the Meet the Teacher slide. Something that is tough to ensure during a Virtual Meet the Teacher!

Students and Guardians will simply work through the slides you send, similar to working through stations at a traditional open house. They will also have the opportunity to learn more about you, give their contact information, share a bit about their child, sign up for volunteering opportunities, as well as be able to learn all about your class policies and procedures, technology…etc!

If you are wanting to send out a digital or hard copy invitation with the date of your Virtual Open House, or Meet the Teacher, keep reading, I’ve included 3 editable Open House | Meet the Teacher invitation templates as a FREEBIE on this post! In order to access the download, you must be logged in. Not a member? Not a problem! Sign-up is FAST, FREE and Easy-Peasy Lemon Squeezy! Click here to become a member!

Click Here for Access to the Following 3 Freebies ***Must be Logged in as a member to access

  • Free Editable Open House Invitations
  • Free Parent Survey Google Form
  • Free Student Survey Google Form

Each Virtual Open House Kit Includes the Following Templates:

  • Overview of Slides
  • Brief Hello (Insert Introduction Video | Tutorial Included) *2 editable Layouts
  • Meet the Teacher (Insert picture or animated GIF | Tutorial Included) *4 editable layouts
  • Classroom Information Sheet *2 editable layouts
  • Virtual Classroom Tour (Insert brief tour video | Tutorial Included) *2 editable Layouts
  • Classroom Donations Slide
  • Classroom Adaptations for COVID Slide
  • Tech we will be using Slide (Included: Completed slides for Zoom & Google Classroom)
  • Schedule at a glance Slide
  • Roll & Respond Interactive Dice Slide Game
  • Parent & Student Survey Slide (Includes link to my FREE | Editable Google Forms for Parents & Students)
  • Final Checklist Slide
    • Also included
      • Links to FREE & Editable Open House|Meet the Teacher Digital or printable invitations
      • Blank and Buildable Slides
      • Video & Gif Tutorials

Virtual Open House | Meet the Teacher Kits Available:

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“Hope is not knowledge, but rather the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promise to us. It is confidence that if we live according to God’s laws and the words of His prophets now, we will receive desired blessings in the future. It is believing and expecting that our prayers will be answered. It is manifest in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf ...

#givethanks 1:7
I've contemplated today what I would share and though I have SO much to be grateful for... There was no, ”aha!” ”that’s it!” moment!
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As I opened my photos to find a pretty picture to share I found a stream of these images from this morning that made me smile. It's not the picture perfect post, but it's our reality.
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Our reality is made up of a messy house, (that was cleaned today by the best daddy despite working full time from home.
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Our reality is made up of a boy that drags Alexa around from room to room to listen to his music like Chris Stapleton, or Jon Pardi way too loud.
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Our reality is made up of kids having more screentime than they should /taking pictures on mom's phone, left to fend for themselves or run to nana’s house.
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Our reality is a big sister giving her 8week old baby sister her brother’s medicine/ call to poison control...
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Our reality is an exhausted momma, wearing spit up as perfume, in an inside out nightgown, with who knows how long it's been since a brush has been in her hair, hair.
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Our reality is messy, and in the moment I'm not often thinking of how grateful I am for the mess.
But looking at this picture while the kids are sleeping sound... it’s like looking at things through a different lens.
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I'm grateful for the mess.
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LOVING this FREE coloring page to use with this weeks #comefollowme lesson. Head to the website for the link to this instant download and others 💛 ...

“There is no medication or operation that can fix the many spiritual woes and maladies that we face,” President Nelson said. “There is, however, a remedy—one that may seem surprising—because it flies in the face of our natural intuitions. Nevertheless, its effects have been validated by scientists as well as men and women of faith. I am referring to the healing power of gratitude.” – President Nelson ...

FUN & Free Download to help you brainstorm and get into an attitude of gratitude as you participate in @russellmnelson #givethanks challenge! Head to the website for this week’s #comefollowme weekly FREE Resource Roundup ...

Repost• @comefollowmedaily
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Sometimes I wonder, how did the Jaredites do it?

How did they have the faith and courage to step in those barges with everyone they loved, leaving behind their home, stability, and any semblance of control.

No steering wheel to steer. No sail to direct. No windows to see. No air source in the depths. No idea where they were going. No idea how long it would take. No idea if they had enough food.

No game plan but prayer.

Can you imagine those moments where they were running out of oxygen in the depths of the sea, praying fervently that the Lord would lift them in time? Because I’m sure they were imagining it as they stepped into that barge.

How did they do it?
The answer, I believe, is that God had prepared them.

Ether 2:6 says of their journey, “And it came to pass that they did travel in the wilderness, and did build barges, in which they did cross many waters, being directed continually by the hand of the Lord.”
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They had done this before. They had been in the barges. They had crossed over many waters, and had felt God direct them continually.

They knew God was with them. So, when their greatest challenge came, they were prepared.

How has God prepared you for your challenges today? What smaller waters have you already crossed to prepare you for the ocean you are now in?

Or, what smaller waters are you crossing right now to prepare you for the oceans ahead?

Remember, “God has already prepared the way. He is just preparing you.” (Tangie Ambrose).

Art by @yongsungkimart
Thanks to my friend, Becky Rowley, for the conversation that inspired this post ❤️
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Have you ever lost something, looked EVERYWHERE, all the while telling yourself “You don’t need to pray,” “YOU can find it,” ” We’re not to that point yet…” Only to get to the point of offering a desperate prayer, to find the thing you were searching for moments later, likely in a place you had already looked. This has happened to me more times than I care to admit. From my wedding ring to my only set of car keys. As I reflect on those little miracles or moments of God showing me His hand, I think those moments carry more weight because I left myself to my own devices for so long. I knew when I sheepishly found them after praying that the finding was outside of my own capabilities. Again I think this was an example of my own veil of disbelief.

According to President Harold B. Lee (1899–1973), the Lord’s question was similar to saying the following:

“‘Well, have you any good ideas? What would you suggest that we should do in order to have light?’ …

“Then the Lord went away and left him alone. It was as though the Lord were saying to him, ‘Look, I gave you a mind to think with, and I gave you agency to use it. Now you do all you can to help yourself with this problem; and then, after you’ve done all you can, I’ll step in to help you.’”
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“Sometimes the only thing separating us from the blessings we seek is our own “veil of unbelief,” and if we can “rend that veil” (Ether 4:15), we may be surprised by what the Lord is willing to do for us.”
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This excerpt from Come Follow Me this week really struck me. As I thought about what it meant, I realized that too often I had fallen victim to my own disbelief sometimes in the simplest ways and moments. I think in part it’s how my “natural” mind works. I’m quite an anxious person and my mind always puts things in worst-case scenario, that way when best-case or mildly-acceptable case come along I feel prepared and even happy with the outcome. I think it’s a survival mechanism. Whatever it is, it’s the default setting for my brain.
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An instance that sticks out to me happened about a year ago. A dear friend of our family was going through cancer treatments for a cancer that he had beat once already. Things looked pretty bleak. My family had helped to organize a fundraiser that I was quite involved with. I did everything within my power to make things ok. Notice I did everything within MY power.
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My husband and I were headed to the temple to do sealings with some of his old mission companions and mission president. As we drove to the temple I broke down filled with dread and hopelessness as our friend’s battle with cancer seemed to take another drive.
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This brought the question… What’s the point? What’s the point in praying, if God already knows the outcome. Because God knows the outcome and it’s ultimately His will why even pray….. (read the rest on this week’s Come Follow Me Blog Post)
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Comment below your thoughts, I’d love to hear what you think💛
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Fun Object Lesson for #comefollowme this week:
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Mormon and Moroni had faith that their actions, work, and sacrifice would bring about beauty for tomorrow.

What are you doing today? What seeds are you planting, or in my case SHOULD be planting? What is something you can do today that will bring about a more beautiful tomorrow?

If you are looking for a way to solidify this idea, it just so happens to be the perfect time to plant bulbs. Tulips and daffodils are one of my absolute FAVORITES.

If you’ve never planted bulbs before here are a few tips:

🌷Plant in a spot where it will receive full sun, or afternoon sun.
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🌷Tulips prefer well-drained soil.
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🌷Planting before a freeze is optimal, however, you will still have great chances with planting your bulbs in the winter. Tulips are surprisingly hardy.
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🌷The larger the bulb, the deeper it will need to be planted. Larger bulbs need to be planted around 6-8inches deep.
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🌷When you plant the bulbs the pointy side needs to be pointed up.
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🌷Leave them to their own devices and have faith that March will be made more beautiful because of your efforts!
I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this! Make sure to comment below.

As you plant, consider making a commitment to the figurative seeds you can plant and care for each day. Come March, when your tulips bloom, reflect on your actions and document the beauty that came because of your actions.
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“To gain unshakable faith in Jesus Christ is to flood your life with brilliant light. You are no longer alone to struggle with challenges you know you cannot resolve or control yourself, for He said, ‘If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me’ (Moroni 7:33; italics added). – Richard G. Scott ...

You may not know this about me, but I love gardening, especially flower gardens. I’m no good at it, and again my good intentions outdo any action on my part, leaving an often neglected and overgrown sight, however, I still love it and love learning, reading, and experimenting with different blooms.

One of my favorite ideas/thought process about gardening is the idea of planting seeds is a demonstration of faith. The ACTION of planting the seeds and caring for them demonstrates your belief or hope in the beauty that may come tomorrow.

As I read the heading form Come Follow Me this week, I was immediately reminded of this idea.

“Mormon and Moroni had faith that their record would inspire those living in the latter days. As you read Mormon 7–9, write the impressions that come to you about how you can apply what you are learning. “

Mormon and Moroni had faith that their actions, work, and sacrifice would bring about beauty for tomorrow.

What are you doing today? What seeds are you planting, or in my case SHOULD be planting? What is something you can do today that will bring about a more beautiful tomorrow?
📷: @spellandtell
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Have I Seen the Hand of God? FREE printable, November Gratitude Challenge.
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This fun download can be completed digitally by typing into one of the 30 squares each day for the month of November, or print out the page and write in one of the spaces each day.
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“I heard in my mind—not in my own voice—these words: “I’m not giving you these experiences for yourself. Write them down.” […] I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write, I would ponder this question: “Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?”

-Henry B. Eyring
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New post with FREE Printable for #comefollowme this week! It’s all about making the effort o see the Lord’s hand in our lives every day. Download the November Gratitude Challenge and be ready to start come November 1st💛
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Art by Sammie Rose
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments...”
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments.
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“The Bible Dictionary states, "Grace is an enabling power.”
-Brad Wilcox, His Grace is Sufficient
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Gracelyn Jo
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments...”
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments.
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“The Bible Dictionary states, "Grace is an enabling power.”
-Brad Wilcox, His Grace is Sufficient
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Gracelyn Jo
(See Full Picture in Profile)

“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments...”
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments.
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“The Bible Dictionary states, "Grace is an enabling power.”
-Brad Wilcox, His Grace is Sufficient
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Had to share Emily’s post and this piece titled “The Refiner’s Fire”

@emilyshayart 2020 has been a YEAR.
Personally, it tops the charts.
My family has been drastically and painfully altered, bringing overwhelming heartache.

And yet, considering a piece of rough ore- a rock encased with minerals which naturally contains impurities. With those impurities, it also carries within it precious metals such as silver and gold. For the refiner to create something out of that piece of ore, he needs to begin the refining process by breaking the ore with a heavy hammer. The ore then must be exposed to the refiner’s fire, with temperatures as high as 900-1000 degrees Celsius, in order to burn away the impurities and reveal the precious metal inside.
God refines us by allowing us to go through painful trials and difficulties. One might think, “What is the purpose of letting Their children suffer if They truly love us?” Is it possible- one way to look at this allegory is to help us understand the purpose beyond our pain- to expose and purify the greatness within?
Could there be a gold and silver lining to the trials we are experiencing? By clinging to hope, persevering in faith and trusting in the Master Refiner’s perfect plan, we are refined in the fire.

In this painting there are a few things I’d like to point out:
⁃ with the support of Jesus Christ and heaven raining down tender mercy to keep her from burning, she is safe, cool and unconsumed.
⁃ by accepting such love and support, this brings new growth – beautiful fiery growth.
⁃ Christ’s halo is made of all colors of the flame, as he takes on every and all impurities.

“I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say ‘The Lord is our God.’” Zech. 13:9

“Adversity should not be viewed as either disfavor from the Lord or a withdrawal of his blessings. Opposition in all things is part of the Refiner’s Fire to prepare us for an eternal celestial destiny.” -Quintin L. Cook

“God would not put you through a refiner’s fire if you were not worth refining.” -Brad Wilcox
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We’re BACK! Thank you so much for your kindness and patience as we took a brief pause to prepare for and welcome our sweetest new addition. THANK you to so many of you who reached out and checked in on us, to know that you have looked forward to and used these posts and even missed them...made me eager to return. ...

Excerpt from a personal post 💛 Thank you all for your patience as we welcome the newest member of our little family🍓
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2020 the Year of the Poppies
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“... You may not know this about me, but I love gardening, especially flower gardens. I'm no good at it, and again my good intentions out do any action on my part, leaving an often neglected and overgrown sight, however, I still love it and love learning, reading, and experimenting with different blooms. One of my favorite flowers is a poppy. I think there is so much to be said about and learned from these flowers. From the alien-like tubers you plant, to the fury foliage it produces, one would NEVER think that something so weed-like could ever produce such a gorgeous sight... And then... It does. Is that not life? Is that not 2020? This year has been hard for everyone, especially for some that I love the most, and yet despite everything, there has been beauty.

I truly believe that some of life’s most beautiful moments are produced after the hard or ugly. Is that not the Gospel and Hope found in Christ? Through His Grace the hard and ugly things we go through can actually be the source of something really beautiful, something better than we could have imagined, even a better version of ourself? 2020 has been hard, it’s still hard. But because of that hardness I’ve seen growth and light and beauty that I never would have expected. From repaired and renewed relationships, to a new focus on family and what’s really important, to things working out when they shouldn’t, to a beautiful new addition to our family... The increase is through Him. I think for me 2020 will always be the year of the poppies.
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