Sunday, April 05, 2020

Hot Quarantine Date

And so...some of you have been worried about me.

Yes, I love to go. I'm busy. I like being busy. I like sitting over a cup of tea and sharing my heart and soul with another.

Here's the thing...I AM an extrovert...but I've come to value and crave silence and solitude too. That is a rare commodity when 7 people are sequestered in one home....and the walls were closing in...but I pushed them back.

I think the thing which helped the  most was my hot quarantine date with Michael this afternoon. ::wink::  We are ALLOWED to get take out. He suggested take out for lunch...y'all he made points. Big points. I love cooking...but I miss Sundays he and I went ALONE to get a take out meal....alone as in..."No, you cannot ride along because you need to get out of the house. This is just US," alone.
Light at 8:30 p.m. - Spring IS here
I am finally accepting we are not going to be back "at church" by Easter, not going to have the kids over for a big family dinner, and hunt....

We dropped by two of the houses and dropped off Easter Baskets and FACE COVERINGS - which makes this an essential drive by.  I sanitized all the things in the baskets and then wrapped them in plastic. The girls will put them up and they'll be good to go for Easter.
Dropping surprises at BreZaaks 
CoRielle's house is in the background

 I heard him - and then I saw him. All the feels. 

Bella sent a polo that was darling. Her birthday is on Easter. She says, "EVERYONE is excited about my birthday." She also mentioned we would come to her house for a party....Bre is explaining Zoom to her.... This has got to be hard on the little ones who don't understand why we are keeping distanced. 
Krista made cute masks with balls for Gideon and Benny....I think she's also  made 30 or more from the bolt of fabric from Joann's. These are for the girls to wear grocery shopping, doctor visits etc....and some for Cory to take to Freddies in case employees want them....maybe the clicklist runners.....Nolan has a pile to take to McDonalds too. 

We came home and I took a nap. They have medically given me hyper thyroid and I am jazzed. I can't sleep. I fell asleep at about 5 a.m.  so I napped.... Michael and Dad found an old football game they deemed worthy of watching. You really CAN'T stop football fans from watching football. 

While they watched the game, I worked on a church project. 

THEN - Michael suggested a walk! He is speaking my love language! I love walks...Our mountain is beautiful when the light hits it just right.... 

Pioneer Peak 
And that is how one goes on a date in the midst of a Stay at Home order...all essential...moments snatched to be alone.

Palm Sunday in Quarantine

 Here we are at Palm Sunday....I find myself really missing and appreciating the freedom to gather weekly at the hug others of like faith, to grow together...

Yet,  I am deeply appreciative of  the work our pastors are investing to meet our needs and keep us connected - while distanced.  More than anything - we ARE the church. The church has simply left the building for the time being. We'll be back - and I am thinking a celebration will be in order for that day in the future.

Today, we realized I was sadly lacking in my communion prep. I have authentic Matzo made in Israel, thank to my earlier emotional shopping. I did not have little glasses, nor grape juice. I have kombucha - but Grandpa doesn't think kombucha is kosher. I have antioxidant juice, which I think is a great choice, but it was vetoed in favor of Apple Juice.

We dug out Michael's old field kit...only to discover a chalice and no little cups left.

I am wondering how long we will be sequestered. I may just go buy some shot glasses the next time I'm picking up groceries...and grape juice is going on the list to store with the matzo.

Michael spoke in this fourth week of our "Saved" series. We "Belong," are "Blessed," have been "Bought," and today Michael shared we are "Blameless."
Will they be able to attend a church without recliners when this is over? 
I am REALLY enjoying being able to sit and discuss the content, the take aways, as a family immediately after the sermon - before we go on with the day.  Our favorite take aways today....

God didn't save us just to condemn us.

We talked about how we tend to see ourselves as "holy" and lose sight of Jesus, or we see ourselves as "condemned" again because we've lost sight of Jesus.

We are saved and being saved.

We are holy and being made holy.

We are like Christ and becoming like Christ.

I found the worship and communion after the message to be meaningful. We are distanced - but still together in spirit. If you are missing communion, feel free to jump into the worship/communion set at the end of this clip....actually if you don't attend our church, but are missing may want to jump in at the 10 message which flows into the worship and communion.

There ARE things I am enjoying about church in our living room....we'll have to figure out which things are beneficial and if it is possible to carry them forward when this season is over.

"All my life you have been faithful. 
All my life you have been so, so good.
With every breath that I am able
I will sing of the goodness of God."