We haven’t done a check-in post and I thought it would be a good idea to see how everyone is doing.
Kathi and I are very fortunate to be considered essential employees and have continued to work full-time during this COVID-19 lockdown. I’ve been home working since March 13 and I think Kathi has been home working remotely around the same amount of time. I also had a move that same weekend (all went well) and I am transitioning nicely at my new place.
Check out these cherry blossoms from my front yard when they were in full bloom – absolutely gorgeous.
I am sure grateful for the two months I had face-to-face with my co-workers in January and February. That gave me a chance to get to know them personally and made the transition to working remotely go smoothly. There is definitely something to be said about the in-person connections we have with people, and I think I will certainly appreciate it when we can meet together again.
My church is hosting live Facebook services each Sunday. That has gone well. One week, they “hid” items for the kids to find during the sermon (ie, a smiley face Post-It note was found on the bottom of the coffee mug, which was only seen when the pastor lifted his mug for a sip of coffee). I thought that was such a cute idea. My small group from church has been meeting on Zoom once per week. I have come to really enjoy this small gathering. It’s been a safe and encouraging place, whether on Zoom, or in person. Again, it is the connections that have really made a difference and lightened my spirits during this pandemic.
My two daughters are living in other states and I have wanted a way for all seven of the kids to connect, so we have begun having Zoom meetings every other week. Interestingly, my 14-yr old son has been the one to remind me days before to make sure everyone has all the details. I think he has really needed it! Because they all don’t keep up with each other very well on their own, this has been a great opportunity to catch up and connect. Next time we gather, we are going to play Bingo. I purchased a pdf on Etsy to print out Bingo cards. This will be fun. One kid mentioned throwing in a small amount of money to play blackout at the end for a monetary jackpot. That might be fun. No matter what we do, there is no price tag on being together!
Switching subjects briefly, my friend and pastor, Ken Garrett is hosting a SAFE (Spiritual Abuse Forum for Education) meeting online the first Friday in May. I really enjoy going to these meetups in Portland when I’m in town. Now you can check it out no matter where in the world you are. Click below for more details. I hope to be there (virtually).
So . . . how are you doing with this pandemic? How is it affecting you emotionally and spiritually? Are you staying connected with people? What kinds of things are you doing at home? Are you doing anything differently? How can we pray for you? What kind of challenges have you had? What have you learned during this time?
Feel free to chime in. We’d love to hear from you!