Monday, March 30, 2020

Good Days Ahead

Well our spring break has come and gone.  We had a lot of mostly good quality time at home.  

Like the rest of the world - we spent Thursday making a chalkboard mosaic in our drive way.  It rained this weekend and it's gone but it was fun while it lasted.  

We wrote out a verse that encourages us.  I love going for walks in the neighborhood and seeing words of hope in chalk.  

Saturday was mostly rainy and we just hung around the house.  We finally got out for walks in the afternoon and played outside.  We are cooking at home constantly so at least once a week - we try to get take out to support local businesses.  We love Tacos 4 Life. It's SO good but it's also AR owned and they feed hungry children with every meal you buy.  They are offering family packs right now so I got one and it came with so much food we had lunch on Sunday with it too.  

We even got their famous punch to go!!! 

Jonesboro, in east AR, had a horrible tornado hit Friday night.  Thankfully it wasn't deadly but it did hurt many homes.  Praying for all the people there.  It's a tough time to deal with that kind of loss along with the whole corona thing.  

I went to the store today and they had a lot more things but are still out of a lot.  I don't even bother looking for sanitizer but I found some in a backpack yesterday morning.  Then my girls said " oh we have some" and they brought out a whole stash.  ha! I forgot how they hoard sanitizer.  

Saturday we just had cabin fever.  I think we were all on each other's nerves.  So we made plans to make Sunday a better day.  I got up early and hit walmart as soon as it opened to get groceries for the week.  Thankfully it was pretty empty.  I came home and cooked breakfast and then we went to Hobbs state park.  

We walked a couple of trails.  The weather was perfect and we had the best time.  It was pretty empty.  We are so thankful that we can still get outside.  And that this is going on in the spring/summer and not in winter so getting out is such a gift.  

We stayed until lunch time and then went home to eat.  

I was so happy to find paper products today.  It's been empty for weeks so it felt like the heavens opened up a little to find this and some cleaning products and all the other things we needed.  

The teachers at our school did a drive through parade today in all the neighborhoods.  Every teacher and staff member decorated their car and drove by honking and yelling.  Seeing their faces smiling made me cry.  We have INCREDIBLE teachers.  And this is tough on them.  They are having to learn how to do things differently - teaching online.  It's not easy on anyone.  And they are home doing it while trying to help their own kids.  But they have been amazing and we miss them so much.  

It was such a lift to see them all! I just love seeing community come together and support each other! 

One of our favorite local spots is doing Sunday dinners only right now.  You can get a family meal for 4 from Louise on Sundays by calling between 3 and 6 and they will bring it out curbside.  We had roast beef, gouda mashed potatoes and salads and it was SO good.  And we have enough to eat today too.  We will be doing this again on Sunday nights! And it will be something different each week.  

Yesterday was just a good day and everything I needed.  

Oh and if I didn't mention it - my dad is HOME! Last Monday we found out he would be stuck in Liberia indefinitely.  Thanks to the embassy and our senator, they got him on a medical evacuation flight and he got home on Friday! He is quarantined at home now and I'm so grateful.  Thank you so much for praying!! 

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