What I have learned from being home.

Lesley and Bob
Bob, my husband and I last summer

What I have learned from being stuck at home for more than 30 days in a row, without the ability to go anywhere or work at my studio or outside the home….


Grace to be able to stay home and be quiet and not be so busy as to not have time to be present. Grace to be able to have all my family home, all the time, to organize what that looks like and cook dinner every night. Grace to be able to manage my mindset in a stressful time.

I want to share my top 3 things that I am grateful for RIGHT NOW!

First, I am so grateful for my relationships, with my husband, with my children and with my friends. Thank God there has been ZOOM to keep us in touch with the outside world. How many of you have done the same? I have realized that I am a very social creature and need social interaction.

Secondly I am exceedingly happy to have the basics; food on the table, a comfortable place to live and the ability to go outdoors to exercise and be in nature. I know that sounds simplistic but in the middle of this pandemic, I feel as if all the things we (possibly) took for granted have been stripped away to show us the real meaning of what is necessary to have a happy life.

The third thing that I am very grateful for is my health. My mental, physical and all around psychological well being. A friend of mine started saying that your health is your wealth a few months ago and it couldn’t be more true right now because if you don’t have your health then you can’t control the outcome of your days.

My last thought as I look around my small home office is that I am very grateful for my cat. I know that sounds simple but just having a loyal companion around is very comforting. I hope that y’all are staying home and thinking about what this world is asking of you to do, it may be to stay home right now but soon it may be to go out and save the world as only you can, one step at a time.

Haley, Lesley, and Peyton
My daughters, Haley and Peyton.

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