Hello hello hello!
Well, I think we can all agree that 2020 was NOT the year we all thought it would be. With a global pandemic, a contentious election, racial injustice, a crashed economy, and the ‘In The Heights’ movie getting pushed back a full year, its been a doozy (and there are still a few weeks left!). As I think back on all 2020 has given us, it’s depressing… and it didn’t spare the Batirs. In April, we saw the oil futures plunge into the negatives for the first time in history, dashing all hope for Joe to find a job in the oil and gas industry in the near future. With his grant ending in May, we anxiously waited to see what the Lord had in store for us. The SMU Geothermal lab was able to keep Joe on until November at a reduced salary which was a huge blessing and a humbling reminder that we were some of the lucky ones. Many friends lost their jobs, had their salaries reduced, etc as the country tightened its belt. Then in September, Joe hydroplaned on the tollway wrecking his car. We definitely did not have a new car in the budget and though sharing a car was doable, it would prove tricky. But faithful friends rallied around us and offered their extra car at a price that met exactly what we had to spend. It seems that they wouldn’t be needing it anymore now that the pandemic moved his job remote permanently. A blessing in disguise for them and for us. As November approached, we watched as more and more layoffs were announced. Joe applied for the few job openings we could find but truly his options were limited. After praying and looking at the books, we decided that the best option for our family is for Joe to go out on his own as an independent contractor. We filed all the paperwork and Joe officially has his own consulting company, JoeCo Geosciences, LLC, and, by the grace of God, a few clients. With that said, 2021 will prove to be an interesting year for us as a family but we are trusting that the Lord will continue to be in control of it all. Huge shout out to our friends and our amazing family who has supported us through everything. We couldn’t have done it without you.
2020, with all its drama and mayhem, proved to be a year where we stripped everything to the bare bones. No fluff and no distractions. It has forced us to see the mundane as blessings and the blessings as privileges. But most importantly, it has shown us that we can’t take anything for granted. So as we put a bow on this present no one wanted, it’s my hope that amidst the sorrow and disappointments of this year, we can all look around and see the blessings we have in spite of it all. So from our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and good riddance to 2020.