I have a confession. It's super difficult for me to celebrate. Ever since Covid happened, it's almost as if the person in me who loved parties and getting friends together died. I mean, of course I celebrate my kids' birthdays and we celebrate holidays, but it's still a challenge for me.
So, when I got the IRS approval for Family First Villages to be recognized as a tax deducible charity, something that I didn't believe would happen for another 8-12 months, I was shocked. Instead of celebrating, I cried. And then I wondered what in the world I was going to do.
Normally, I'm a prepared person. But the approval arriving early left me feeling confused. I had many goals to achieve before we got approval, and that left me with "Where should I go now?"
However, the day after I got the letter I was leaving on a trip to visit my sister, Amy, in Virginia so that my kids could have cousin time and I could pick Annie up from her vacation. We had such a wonderful time. Then, we caravanned back to Charleston, SC where we grew up and took our kids Downtown. We had the absolute best day with friends!
When we got back to Atlanta, we took everyone (including Doc and Grammy) to The Varsity and the Coca-Cola Museum. It was such a fun experience, and something that not all of us had done before. As we were driving home, I realized that this was my celebration. This trip, this family, the friends that have helped me along the way, this is the way that I can celebrate right now. I am thankful!