Togetherness

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Remembering the courageous military men and women who sacraficed it all for our freedom. We are grateful this Memorial Day…

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During this quarantine time, amongst the societal health and finances challenges, one blessing that has surfaced is togetherness. The dictionary defines it as the state of being close to another person or other people.

The shelter in place has forced us to hunker down at home as many businesses, parks, etc. are closed to the public in order to flatten the COVID-19 curve. Ever heard the term stop and smell the roses? Well, I find myself doing more of that lately. Here is a picture of some of the roses on our campus. They smell and look wonderful.

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Friday morning, I looked in our front yard and watched about a dozen turkeys strutting by. Normally I would go about my day, but I stopped and watched their parade for a few moments. I rather enjoyed watching the toms fluff their feathers, scrape them on the ground and gobble to attract the nearby hens. Do you find yourself slowing down a bit too?

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I love spending time as a family; always have. Before the shutdown, life seemed busier working, running errands, doing chores, etc. Although we are still have commitments, the pace of life has slowed down significantly. Here’s a picture of my husband Randy and I hanging out after walking to our local coffee shop.

coffeeI am thankful that we’ve had this family time together for several weeks in our new cabin. We’ve planted plants, hung pictures, painted panels, updated chair seat covers, built brick walls, pressure washed sidewalks, etc.

I am thankful we’ve had more time to read, hike, bake, cook, watch movies, play games and just hang out together. I also took an online writing course I’ve wanted to take for quite some time.

Although we have been able to Facetime our extended family, I do look forward to the day when our state opens up again so we can visit in person.

In the midst of the governmental order, I am grateful both my husband and my company were allocated the Paycheck Protection Program. It has allowed us to return to work to provide for our family. My hope going forward is that I can better balance work and family life as things the pace of life picks up again.

How have you spent your time during the pandemic? I’d love to hear about it. Please feel free to share with us.

Blessings, Rebecca

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