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  • Reply Beth Shields May 18, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Adorable pictures and yes, looking at your list, there a lot of things that have developed or been blessings. I notice that my grocery budget is less….I can’t just run to the store to pick up something without standing in line, so I try to organize more. And lots of blogging…..its been good. Thanks.

    • Reply TONYA May 18, 2020 at 9:42 am

      Thank you, Beth!

    • Reply Kelly May 18, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      Nice post. It’s always good to find the positive in things. And kudos to you with writing everyday to increase your blog posts. I’ll get there one day lol

      • Reply TONYA May 19, 2020 at 10:09 am

        Lol! It’s not easy, and I’m getting a little burned out. But I’m getting so close to my goal, and once I reach it I’ll ease up a little bit.

  • Reply Lee Anne May 18, 2020 at 8:02 am

    It’s always great to seek the bright side of things! It is really the only way for me to stay sane 🙂

    • Reply TONYA May 18, 2020 at 9:41 am

      Agreed, it’s the only way to get through this without going crazy.

      • Reply Santana May 19, 2020 at 5:11 am

        Great job pushing out that many posts! I’m home with our three month old but I just can’t seem to get much done during the day. Hopefully she will be able to entertain herself for a little while pretty soon. 😊

        • Reply TONYA May 19, 2020 at 10:04 am

          That age makes it hard to get anything done. It’s not easy still, and I won’t be able to keep this up for long, because I have a lot of house projects to work on. But it definitely helps when the kids are able to entertain themselves for a few minutes at a time!

  • Reply Yvette May 18, 2020 at 8:17 am

    I couldn’t agree more. I love that my kids are around more, and home cooking, and questioning the business of all we were doing before this all started. The connection with the kids is just the best part!

    • Reply TONYA May 18, 2020 at 9:41 am

      Absolutely! We have to look at the bright side.

  • Reply judean May 18, 2020 at 8:27 am

    It is a great blog post – pointing out the positive. I am still struggling to do so. I have been more consistent on my blog, but writing has been difficult for me because my mind is all over the place!

    • Reply TONYA May 18, 2020 at 9:40 am

      I totally get it. This has been hard on all of us!

  • Reply Diane Kurzava May 18, 2020 at 9:43 am

    I need to put together my own good things list, but it’s going to look different than yours yet eerily similar. We don’t have kids living at home, but because of my daycare, we do get to see one of our grandkids every day. I’ll start with that!

    • Reply TONYA May 18, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      That’s definitely a plus to the quarantine!

  • Reply lisa maslyk May 18, 2020 at 9:44 am

    This was a good read, its been a tough go!

    • Reply TONYA May 18, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      I agree with that sentiment!

  • Reply Liz May 18, 2020 at 9:46 am

    I feel you! I”ve been looking at the bright sides of things- like zoom meetings with faraway friends!

    • Reply TONYA May 18, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      That’s the nice thing about living in today’s world…even though we can’t be together physically, we can still see everyone via zoom!

  • Reply Holly May 18, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Looking at the positive side of things always brings the positive outcome! Great post!

    • Reply TONYA May 18, 2020 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you Holly!

  • Reply Leeandra May 18, 2020 at 11:16 am

    I agree even though living in quarantine is different, we have definitely had the time to do so many other things that are beneficial to us!

    • Reply TONYA May 18, 2020 at 12:57 pm

      True, it has certainly been a different experience!

  • Reply Marianne May 18, 2020 at 11:22 am

    I’m enjoying spending more time with my kiddos. I don’t enjoy the homeschooling and not having any time whatsoever to myself (cue pounding in the door as soon as I get in the showers – EVERY DARN TIME). But I was a home-body before (when we are not travelling of course), so now I have added excuses to remain a home-body!!

    • Reply TONYA May 18, 2020 at 12:57 pm

      I have to agree with you…it’s kind of nice to have an excuse to stay at home, even though I do miss seeing our family and friends.

  • Reply Tricia Snow May 18, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    I wish I had spent more time blogging. I had a lot of FB distractions I allowed to take over. Nevertheless, I agree that there has been blessings. Ones I already knew I had and now cherish more than ever!

    • Reply TONYA May 18, 2020 at 12:56 pm

      Facebook can certainly be distracting!

  • Reply Lisa Manderino May 18, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    All true for us as well, except potty training we are past that phase!

    • Reply TONYA May 19, 2020 at 10:10 am

      It’s definitely not my favorite part of parenting, but at least it’s going relatively well. 🙂

  • Reply Debbie May 18, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Your girls are so cute! I agree, there are lots of positive things that have come out of this quarantine time.
    That’s a lot of blog posts! Good job!

    • Reply TONYA May 19, 2020 at 10:09 am

      Thank you Debbie!

  • Reply Lisa May 18, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Wonderful post! Positivity is an excellent thing ! Quality family time is always great.

    • Reply TONYA May 19, 2020 at 10:06 am

      Thank you, Lisa!

  • Reply Candy May 18, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    We definitely enjoyed spending less on gas also!

    • Reply TONYA May 19, 2020 at 10:06 am

      Saving money is always a good thing!

  • Reply Sara - Seek Discover Learn May 18, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I’ve been thankful for a lot of the things you mentioned. Since we don’t have any extra activities going on at night, we’ve been able to spend more time together as a family. We’ve been saving a ton of money on gas. I think my favorite thing is that my kids have started planning meals and helping make them, which is something we didn’t have a lot of time for before.

    • Reply TONYA May 19, 2020 at 10:05 am

      That’s so cool! I love that your kids are planning meals and helping make them.

  • Reply Sandi May 19, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Glad you are looking at the silver lining. I think we will all come out with a little different perspective

    • Reply TONYA May 19, 2020 at 10:02 am

      It’s certainly eye-opening. It’s not easy, but looking at the silver lining is the best way to get through this.

  • Reply Kirsten May 19, 2020 at 9:17 am

    These are some really great advantages for sure! Looking for the positive is a really helpful trait! Looks like you guys are doing well. =)

    • Reply TONYA May 19, 2020 at 10:01 am

      We are, and I hope you are too!

    • Reply Kendra May 20, 2020 at 8:30 am

      Great job finding the positives in all of this! Your girls will learn so much just from watching how you’ve adapted. High five!

      • Reply TONYA May 20, 2020 at 9:14 am

        Thank you, Kendra!

  • Reply Charlene May 19, 2020 at 9:20 am

    I relate to a lot of these. It has been nice to use less gas and write more! There is a new appreciation that comes with something as novel and unexpected as this. The ability to share a hug with someone should never be disregarded again!

    • Reply TONYA May 19, 2020 at 10:00 am

      I absolutely agree — I’m glad I can at least hug my husband and daughters still.

  • Reply Cathy May 19, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Great Post! I wrote a similar post. It’s great to find positive things that have happened being stuck at home! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply TONYA May 20, 2020 at 9:18 am

      Hey Cathy! I agree, and I just read your post last night. 🙂

  • Reply Eva Keller May 19, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    We have been enjoying lots of these aspects of staying home too! We were actually starting to work from home anyway about 2 weeks before everything happened, but now its like extreme work from home because we can’t go out to a coffee shop or library to do work when we want to get out of those. We’ve enjoyed spending time together and doing things we never had time for before though.

    • Reply TONYA May 20, 2020 at 9:17 am

      It’s definitely a bummer not being able to get out and grab a coffee and socialize, but at least there are some positives that have come out of this, too.

  • Reply Charlene May 19, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    This quarantine is really going to change our lives for the foreseeable future. I’m glad you are able to spread out at your new place and watch your girls grow.

    • Reply TONYA May 20, 2020 at 9:15 am

      It was a huge blessing that this didn’t happen before we had a chance to move! We would have been okay staying where we were before, but we are so much happier with all the extra space.

  • Reply Michele May 21, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    I love it when people look at the bright side instead of focusing on the negative! Great read.

    • Reply TONYA May 22, 2020 at 9:17 am

      Thank you Michele!

  • Reply Alice May 22, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    I enjoyed your post. Things really didn’t change much for me as I work at Walmart full time. I was off for about 18 days with bronchitis and it was nice to write more blog post then. Now it’s a struggle to get one a week done.

    • Reply TONYA May 22, 2020 at 1:56 pm

      Bronchitis is no fun! Hope you recovered fully. I hear ya though, it’s such a struggle to write when you’re working full time.

  • Reply Tiffany May 23, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    I am trying to look at the positive as well – and I have saved TONS on gas. Still leaving the house for work and shopping but still down a lot.

    • Reply TONYA May 24, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      Saving money is definitely a positive that has come out of staying home more!

  • Reply Ruth Iaela-Pukahi May 24, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Wow! My list is VERY similar to yours! lol. We moved to our current apartment in November and I’m still not fully unpacked but it’s getting better! I also potty trained one child. One more to go! And blogging, it’s so nice to be blogging again. 🙂 I love that this time is getting my kids cooking more and trying out some of my most favorite recipes that I haven’t made in years! When we take the time to reflect on the good, we CAN find good everywhere and anytime. Great post! 🙂

    • Reply TONYA May 26, 2020 at 9:47 am

      I agree. It’s so easy to feel sorry for ourselves when things get tough, but finding the good in a hard situation can make it a little bit easier.

  • Reply Cindy May 24, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    There are many positives coming out of this experience. We’ve gotten so many “someday” projects done. I love how my backyard looks this year!

    • Reply TONYA May 26, 2020 at 9:48 am

      That’s awesome! I just planted a ton of flowers yesterday, which feels great. It’s nice to be able to do things like that!

  • Reply Tara | Travel May 29, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    I love your list! And, I have 3 little ones at home too so I resonate so well with what you’ve mentioned. I love not spending as much money on gas, fewer random trips to the store and all home-cooked meals. It’s been a really strange blessing.

    • Reply TONYA May 31, 2020 at 11:07 am

      I agree. Despite being somewhat difficult at times, it’s been a strange blessing indeed. 🙂

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