I'll be honest- this has been a tough time for our family. I know everyone has lost something, is missing out on something, has to change something. Our family is mourning some pretty big life milestones that will be canceled or *hopefully* postponed. Jack and Katie worked since December on the Geneva High School Musical - Jack had a solo song and dance as a Freshman. Katie built the sets and was learning some assistant directing. We are so proud of them. The musical was canceled before it opened. I also have a senior- Mary Clare missed a spring break trip with her friends, Senior Prom, Graduation, her graduation party and her last few weeks of high school. She's lost both of her summer jobs to help her pay for college. Her university is holding an online orientation in the summer and it's up in the air about being on campus in the fall. It's been pretty tough. We are grieving. These are things all parents look forward to watching their children enjoy. I put up with her as a teenager, I deserve the good stuff! So, I'm really sad.
Thankfully, the kids are resilient and will be able to get through this time. They are not dwelling on it, they are not whining (that's only me). They are taking things in stride. We enjoy family dinner each night, we have repainted MCs room, we rehabilitated our ping pong table, we are building a quarantine garden, we are organizing fervently. We are baking everyday. We enjoy the Sunday online services. Tim and I are both working from home and have a guaranteed income- others cannot say the same. I'm teaching 6th grade language arts virtually for a couple hours each morning, one online lesson a week and "office hours" on Friday for kids to check in with me and ask questions. Tim's 3 hour commute has dropped to 5 minutes each day. I try to be lazy and squeeze in a few episodes of trashy tv. Although, trying to be lazy with a husband home checking up on me is not so fun!
We have a warm home, a stocked fridge, Netflix, games, online activities to keep us busy and plenty of healthy family and friends to chat with. There will be a virtual graduation at the end of the month. There are so many milestones in our lives that we still have to celebrate. We are Blessed.
These past few Sundays, I donated online and will continue to do that. I hope that all is going okay for all of you. I fervently pray that you all remain healthy and that the most vulnerable in our congregation stay safe and healthy as well.