Some rambles in quarantine

* this post has been through many edits. I keep seeing holes here and there, thus the rewording and reorganization. Just letting you know. And of course, thank you dear readers for reading and for being here!!

Our family is made up of homebodies. We spend a lot of time at home, but this sheltering-in-place and social distancing are taking it to the extreme. All the news inform that staying home is the best solution: it’ll flatten the curve and hopefully prevent further spreading of this super contagious COVID-19. But even if you wanted to go out, it’s a scary prospect. You could catch it from non-symptomatic individuals or we could be carriers and unknowingly spread it. Too risky!

So we feel grateful to be home and for our health. We are extra vigilant to protect Ellis too: her underlying medical condition makes her more vulnerable. Though many people are stuck at home riding out this pandemic, there’s mounting fear concerning the present situation for ourselves and family, health issues, job situation, economy, and what the future holds. Click on a new’s story and be prepared for a meltdown; death toll keeps climbing, new cases mounting, protective gear in low supply for medical workers, and surgeon general’s warning that this upcoming week will be the “hardest, saddest.” Unreal. Cue…panic attack.

A lesson I’m learning through all this is that plans are only plans. I’m not a planner at all: the word itself gives me a migraine. But I still have broad ideas of what we would be doing the next couple of months, in terms of homeschooling, appointments, summer activities, goals to achieve etc. Then, when the first quarantine happened, my very vague plans suddenly became nothing but a past concern. Now, it’s a day-to-day thing.

For the past 2 weeks, I feel my mind sorting through this deadly reality. It’s all a confused, incoherent jumble at present. So much to digest as life turns inward and reality flipped upside down. But my plan (eeek, I said it!) Is to use this solid block of time to make memories with my family and dig up old things to do again. I aim to do that in bits, because this making memory thing is a laborious process testing my patience when kids get into everything and simple activities become elaborate disasters. Will we have stories to share when this is behind us.

Through it all, I’m working on strengthening my affirmation that God is in the business of performing miracles and bringing goodness out of awful situations. He’s done them before in amazing ways. However, the walk was and is not easy…so many perils, questions, unknowns, losses, and paralyzing fears. Reassurance is that a powerful God who raised Jesus from the dead walks with us through the darkest valleys. He’s that kind of powerful. I’m sticking with him.

Praying that you stay safe and healthy. And here’s an empowering thought from pastor Jud Wilhite’s sermon yesterday:

“You can make yourself miserable or you can make today memorable.”

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6

14 thoughts on “Some rambles in quarantine

    • You’re welcome! It’s great to hear from you.
      It is a chaotic time. But I hope you and your family stay healthy and well, and that your bright spirit brings joy to those around you! Take care and hugs!!

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  1. I love that you are using this time to create memories. I am an avid planner but, as you said, plans can be twisted within a second so I am in the process of learning to plan more loosely. Blessings!

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    • Planners are amazing with how they sort information, and their meticulous ways can definitely help non planners to better structure their blurry plans. My husband is an over planner too, and he even includes back up plans for his plans.
      I hope you are adjusting well to this new times with plans gone awry. It’s hard for a non planner like me, and I can imagine how tough it is for avid planners like you. Hang in there…we’re all learning something from this mess and will have emerged with new strength afterwards. Stay healthy and well!

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  2. Everything you said, I agree. We have to trust that our daily life lies in God’s hands! We have to make the best of it.

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    • Thank you! I’m so glad what I wrote resonated with you. I felt ambivalent writing it since there’s so much pain around the issue for everyone. But I love blogging because it gives us a sliver of space to share our thoughts.
      Hope you are well and wishing your daughter’s family the best with a newborn. 🙂

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