Day 69 May 24th

Today is my rest day! I feel I earned it this week! So I just took a walk on this beautiful morning! I decided to walk by the local businesses to see what signage they had posted. It was interesting to see what they all said. The bar posted keep your distance, bingo hall said first 100 people get in, nail place said don’t come in unless you have an appointment and the medical clinic stated they were closed so they could share their supplies with busier clinics. So interesting and sad at the same time. 

When I got back I sat down for God time and Parker came out and wanted to cuddle. We spent time talking about animals again and then watched some videos the kids filmed last night for their vlog they are supposedly starting. I love this time with Parker! I look forward to it every morning! 

After spending time with him I started my God time. I read Romans 15. We are encouraged to live in harmony and peace with each other no matter where we are in our faith. Helping one another.

Later I read my short study in the Bible app. We discussed facing our relationships and friendship struggles. The great love chapter 1 cor 13 was one of our verses. I’m not so great at demonstrating all the characteristics of love all the time. Especially to Aaron. I’m working on this and praying for God’s help! 

Our church began meeting again today but there is very limited space and there is no child care. We watched from home and probably will for a while still. We sat on the front porch as we listened and the temperature kept climbing. By noon it was already 80 degrees! I loved it! 

Throughout the day, Aaron finished opening up the pool and the kids played in it multiple times today! They said it was cold but had a ton of fun. I worked on the landscaping again for multiple hours. I gave the girls the task of decorating the corner space that we never know what to do with. I think they did a great job! 

Before working on the yard,  I had to go to Lowes. They offer curbside pickup for a limited number of things and mulch was not one of them. That meant I had to go into the store to get mulch.  This was the first time I have been in a store in over 69 days! I had to sit in my car to mentally prepare myself. The parking lot was packed and there were maybe about half the people wearing masks. This was also my first time wearing a mask! That alone was a mental challenge. I really only needed to go to the garden center but they were forcing people to go into the building and go out to the garden center that way. While I was in the building there were signs, foot marks, plastic barriers and announcements warning people to stay at least 6 feet apart from others and to stay safe. It was so surreal! So incredibly sad. Suddenly I knew what Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx are referring to when they say to get used to the “new normal”. 

I was just talking with Nancy today about how we are going to have to practice going out and teaching the kids how to social distance with people around and learn to live life with masks and be in public. We can’t stay in our home until there is a vaccine.  She agreed however we can stay home as long as possible to minimize the chance of her getting the virus. My experience today sure was an eye opener! I did not like it! I am thinking my kids might be a little scared with their first exposure. 

Although today was a rest day for me, it sure didn’t feel like it! I worked very hard on the landscaping and yard and wore myself out! I am hoping a night’s rest will give me the energy I need for a long week filled with fun workouts and runs! 

Final thoughts and challenge: “4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails…” 1 Cor. 13:4-8. WOW! To love someone like this is a tall order! Does anyone else struggle to get this right? I feel like I can get some of them right sometimes but not all at once! I am thankful Jesus loves me in this way and has grace for me when I don’t love in this way! 

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