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The Biggest Blessing of Quarantine For Our Family In One Picture

The Biggest Blessing of Quarantine For Our Family In One Picture

The two children pictured are my kids, Evan (15) and Asia (8).

These two have been oil and water for a long time, but it’s incredible to see hearts changing.

It’s taken a catastrophic event to make it possible, but these two who could rarely see eye to eye are giving each other a chance.

Before quarantine, it was easy for one or both of them to just escape to a friend’s house instead of pushing through difficult circumstances. Now, they have to be around each other through the thick and the thin.

I snapped the picture above during a hike as Asia’s leg started hurting and Evan volunteered to carry her. I was just about to offer to carry her myself when he offered to help.

And this isn’t the only time he’s stepped up.

Last week my other daughter, Sara, was shaving down a wart on Asia’s foot (sorry if that was too much information) and it was very painful, and Evan came right over to Asia and hugged her and put her head on his chest while she cried. I was literally shocked, in the best possible way.

I’ve wanted nothing more than for my girls to have a big brother who they can lean on, a big brother who will cheer them on, a big brother who will comfort them when they are in pain. Evan is becoming that big brother. I am so proud of him. 

We still have a long way to go, and we’ve had to have direct conversations with all of our children during this quarantine period about the way they treat each other, but although “proximity breeds contempt”, in the case of this quarantine, it has changed hearts and helped all of us refocus on the relationships that really matter most.

If you want to change the world, go home and love your family. – Mother Teresa

While this quarantine period has been excruciatingly challenging for many people, there are lessons to learn and blessings to be had for all.

What blessings have you recognized in your life that have come during this quarantine period?