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March 2020 in Review

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What a crazy month! There are still plenty of highlights to share, so here they are – in chronological order.

We started out the month by going to hear my all-time favorite Southern Gospel group, Brian Free and Assurance. They sang in a Baptist Church about 45 minutes away from us on a Sunday night, so we drove over there and enjoyed hearing some good gospel music! One of my favorite songs of theirs is extremely appropriate for right now, both with Easter and the current situations in the world: Never Walk Alone.

On March 10 Paul officiated a Lacrosse game at Furman University here in Greenville. I had to stop by and pick up something from him, so I watched a little bit of the game and snapped this picture while I waited.

Neither of us knew that the remaining 2/3rds of his season would be cancelled three days later. Lacrosse is a huge part of Paul’s life – I’m very proud of him for how hard he’s worked to advance in this sport. I am so thankful that God cares about the things that matter to us. He knew that this would be Paul’s last week and it was no mistake that I just happened to stop by and snap a photo of him on the field. Isn’t God so good to all of us? ❤

We decided to try a new restaurant for date night that week. This was March 12 – the pizza was okay but not great. If I had known it was going to be our last “restaurant” date night for the foreseeable future, we probably would have gone for Mexican instead! 🙂 Our new favorite thing to do on dates is to quiz each other with Buzzfeed trivia, so we had a good time working through a few of those.

I was sure that the Frozen Jr. show we were planning to attend on March 15 would be cancelled, but it wasn’t! We have enjoyed the shows our local children’s theater produces and were really looking forward to the one hour version of the Frozen musical.

It was performed with an even younger cast than their other shows and I was amazed at how well those elementary school kids remembered lines, choreography and music!

As we were walking back to the car I told Paul that I wondered if this would be our last date night “event” for a while. About two hours after the show ended, our school district announced that school was closed…and everything began to shut down. Life changed so quickly that weekend, and I’m extra thankful that we got to enjoy a fun time out together!

lamps / chairs – on MAJOR sale through 3/29

Since then I’ve been working from home, and I’m very thankful to be able to do that! I’ve been using the time in the afternoon when I’m usually driving home to practice the piano, and I’ve shared a little of that on Instagram (here and here). Playing the piano has always been therapeutic for me, and there is so much comfort in the old hymns!

I love being home, so I’m embracing this way of life with gratefulness. The cats are loving it – I almost always have at least one, if not both of them close by no matter where I am in the house.

Because Paul’s schedule majorly opened up, he’s been working on loads of house projects and getting our yard ready for summer. I’m loving that, too! We had our first “at home” date night this week with frozen pizza and a movie.

A Few Posts from This Month:

Take a minute and look back over this month – what were your favorite moments? How did you see God’s care for the things that matter to you?

9 thoughts on “March 2020 in Review

  1. I loved seeing your Disney mug 🙂
    May God bless and keep you and your family through this time and I hope you celebrate the other side of it soon!

    Also, I nominated you for a Mystery Blogger Award!

    My 5 questions to you are:

    1. Where do you blog? Desk? Outside? At public places?
    2. Do you play music while blogging or prefer silence?
    3. Do you drink coffee/tea while blogging? If so, how do you drink it?
    4. What do you love when reading other blogs?
    5. What is something you gain a smile from about blogging?

    https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/oilofgladness61.wordpress.com/300

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  2. Whitney, I’m glad to hear that you and Paul are staying healthy and safe. You are right – it’s important to reflect on the blessings we’ve received and the way God is working, even now. Today, I am thankful to see my husband and little boy get to spend a lot of Daddy-Son time together, and to see our local and universal church family come together for prayer and uplifting encouragement. Prayers and hugs to you!

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  3. Glad you were able to squeeze in several fun things before life hit a big pause. My cats aren’t so sure about the kids being home 24/7. They’re warming up to the idea, but it took about 2 weeks haha. I think they’ve realized this is the new norm right now. Wonder what they’ll think when we add a new baby to the mix next month!?! Enjoy your time at home and all the pretty Spring flowers.

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  4. I glad you are both healthy and doing well. I hope that you will be okay with Paul out of work…I know God will provide (and I know you understand that – you have such a wonderful testimony) but just wanted to acknowledge that I know it is hard for young couples/for so many. Enjoyed your post…and that mug “Once Upon a Time” is super cute:) Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you for your care and concern, Jennifer – you’re so kind. Paul also works a day job that is holding steady right now, so all is well. No matter what, we can trust our heavenly Father to provide. ❤ And yes, I love using my Disney World mugs! 🙂

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