Friday, January 1, 2021

remembering 2020 & praying for a peaceful, healthy, happy 2021

January- enjoying the West coast during Christmas break 

February- the older girls were back at university- the little kids were busy with homeschooling, Trail Life, AHG, Basketball, choir, cotillion, and of course church activities

March- in the middle of the month, the world changed... we were grateful to have a small patio for our backyard during the long stay at home order. We were also grateful to continue to have the Divine Liturgy as a family, but were dismayed at the strict regulations. The children and I went frequently to an outdoor stations of the cross during Great Lent 

April- Easter Divine Liturgy was at home; the older girls' university went on-line and the dorms were closed. Thank God for the hospitality of friends and family who opened their doors to them! 

May- regulations in California became stricter. We had daily walks in our townhouse complex as all the parks and beaches were closed. The older girls' university continued to be on-line and we worked on getting them home from the Midwest

June- Priest-husband began the transfer of his ministry as he accepted a call to work in spiritual care/chaplaincy in a hospital out of state. We were preparing to leave California after almost 20 years in the middle of a pandemic- so we made repairs and painted our townhouse to sell it

July - we visited his hospital (just the patio) during his last day of ministry there- I do not think we will ever truly process the difficulty of leaving this life - little to no closure, no hugs, no parties- we tried to offer it up for those who were suffering from the illness. There were the small things- chalk drawing with great friends on the sidewalk, a few times eating out outside with friends, going to a friend's farm to see the animals, a few final Divine Liturgies celebrated outside of the church before the government made regulations strict again. I might be melancholy- but I know we were and are very blessed

August - we packed the Honda and a 16 foot moving van to make our way to the buckle of the Bible belt. We enjoyed the ubiquitous Western burger on the road, and when we arrived at our new city we had to try hot chicken (delicious)- Our oldest daughter had her BA graduation with social distancing measures in place. Sometimes it feels like the twilight zone 

September - the kids and I made a quick visit to the big girls' university (oldest started Masters); we are exploring the wonderful parks of our new stomping grounds 

October- we bought a house! & we were able to have some family visit 

November- The Nativity Fast began, and we enjoyed the chilly weather and the changing leaves of our new state

December - wishing you all a blessed Nativity season & a peaceful, healthy, happy new year!


  1. I might have cried looking at those pictures.

    You didn’t get a proper going away. You had to steal away quietly as if in the night.

    When visiting is safe again we’ll be out there for sure.

    1. anytime- we can't wait to see you! not sure when CA will happen for us though...

  2. Wow ! Haven't been to Fear Not Little Flock in quite a while. I love the Tamiians ! God bless you all

  3. Hello! Glad you updated! It was a really hard year for us, too, but also had many blessings. I am hoping to blog again in 2020. I am working on writing the birth story of our 6th baby now. I feel the pull back to blogging, which makes it possible to write thoughtfully and share photos without all the instant-ness of Instagram and the politics of Facebook. Good to "see you" again! :)

  4. Oops I meant in 2021 :D Gotta get used to writing that!!

    1. Hi there! 'Happy' 2021- :) Social media killed blogging in some ways... and I am tired of some social media... trying to blog more- if even just for myself ... I'll look over to yours


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