The Little Things Newsletter #293 – Life Right Now


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Hi friends, this week’s newsletter looks a little different. My husband is in the hospital with Covid and Pneumonitis. If you are a praying person, we would love to have you include Sean in your prayers.

He is already showing improvement and we’re hoping to have him home again in just a few more days. I am thankful beyond words that our hospital allows the Covid patients to have a support person there with them. I’ve spent every minute possible there with him this week.

It’s been a long time since we’ve had this much undivided time together and I’m choosing to be thankful for every single moment I can spend with him in the Covid unit. It isn’t lost on either of us just how fortunate we are that our hospital allows me to be there with him.

I read this week that the Lord coupled thanksgiving and prayer not so much for His sake, but for ours. When we begin our prayer time by giving thanks for what He has done and all that He has given us, our cares fall away and burdens get lifted.

It works every single time, friends. In the worst of my fears this week, when I start my prayers with thanksgiving, I have been filled with peace that could only come from Christ. 

I continue to pray without ceasing for Sean to be back home with us, but in the meantime, we’ve been gifted a really wonderful week together at the hospital. We’ve played cards and dice, texted with friends, read (and very much appreciated) the scriptures being sent to us. 

I’ve been able to sit with him and hold his hand while he rests, crack jokes with him during some horrible moments we’d like to never repeat, and bring him coffee from home each morning along with some of his favorite foods. I’ve been there to microwave the hospital food and make it a little bit better and done my best to make his stay there just a little bit less scary.

We thank God every day for the nurses, the doctors, the aides, the technicians, the cleaning staff, the meal staff, every single person working tirelessly, over-time hours on over-crowded floors, to help bring Sean back home to us as soon as possible.

I’ve been soaking up the late nights at home with my boys and thanking God for children who are trusting God through all of this.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 ESV 


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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Lisa O says

    I am so sorry that your family is experiencing this challenge. Finding the bright spot of quality time together in this situation is a testament to your strength and faith. Sending you and Sean love…

  2. Catherine says

    God be with you and your family Mary! Remember God is THE great physician – our miracle working God . I pray that you all see His amazing healing powers!!

  3. Beth B says

    Mary, praying for the Lord to bring healing and complete recovery to your husband and to keep you are your children in His peace. It’s definitely the Lord’s provision that you have been able to be with him at the hospital. God is good!

  4. Lee Johnson says

    I’m so sorry!! You guys will be in my prayers and will put you on our prayer list at church! Please take care and know our Father will Always carry us through any trial that we have.

  5. Chris says

    Father, we thank you for your unconditional love, your continual presence, and perfect provision in all things at all times. You know what is in our hearts. Free us from fear, anxiety and fill us to overflowing with your hope and peace. Thank you in advance for healing and in all things we trust you, our rock and our Redeemer. Amen. Lifting you in thought and prayer.

  6. Vicki Skonieczny says

    I will absolutely include Sean and your family in my nightly prayers. Hoping your husband is soon back home where he belongs and that his health is fully restored. What a scary and difficult time this must be for your family. God bless you all.

  7. Linda Hallowell says

    Isaiah 41:10
    King James Version
    10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Thinking of you and your husband. Linda

  8. Suzanne says

    I am so very sorry to hear of your husband’s illness. I pray he recovers quickly and completely and will be able to go home soon! I pray that you will stay healthy and strong as you see to the needs of your family.
    I enjoy your blog and your recipes are wonderful! Thank you for sharing!
    Again, I am praying for you and yours.
    In His Love, Suzanne

  9. Nancee Naranjo says

    Mary, praying for Sean, you and your family ! God’s word provides comfort during the uncertain ” scary ” times in our lives.

  10. Linda says

    Mary, I am so sorry that Sean has contracted COVID & Pneumonitis. I will pray for his complete recovery & that he is soon well enough to come home. Please protect yourself & your family from exposure.

  11. Karen Ziemniak says

    Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear this. I will keep Sean and your family in my prayers. Stay strong, mama xoxo

  12. Eileen Marx says

    Dear Mary, so sorry to hear about Sean! He will be in our prayers and I will put him on our prayer list at Church.
    God is good and He will keep you all in his care until Sean can come home.
    Blessings to you all,