Before we get into what I REALLY want to talk about (and hear from you about) today, let’s go over the weekend happenings.
On Saturday I started off my morning with 10 miles of fresh air.
Then Andrew and I did a weight session together and I wore gloves because our shed is freezing.
I did 30 calf raises total and they will probably be sore until Thursday;) The joys of starting something new to you…
We made some breakfast and then Andrew requested a family bike ride (while eating beef jerky;).
Then Andrew went to some work trainings (his hospital is really preparing as much as they can) and I hung out at home with the girls.
Our church meetings have been cancelled. Over a year ago, our prophet announced that we would start having 2 hour church (instead of 3) and that the focus would now be more on home-centered learning with our family than at church. I’m thankful that we’ve spent the last yearish learning how to better study and learn at home and I’m grateful for the materials that we have to do so as we are now home and needing it!
The girls and I spent most of Sunday outside and just roaming around.
I wanted to spend some time today talking about things that we CAN DO and brainstorm together on this topic.
*We’ve decided our little family (besides Andrew because of work) will stay home (or outdoors away from crowds) from here on out. We have plenty of food, we have everything we need and we want to make sure we do what we can to help the solution and follow instructions from the CDC. My parents started their own personal self-quarantine a few days ago. I don’t talk about their health online for many reasons but if either one of them get this, they will be in serious trouble so I’ve been thinking a lot about them. Andrew and I did go and say hi to my mom from the porch (while she stayed inside:) on Friday and brought them food that they needed. I think it’s important that we find ways to connect more than ever with others during this isolating time through texts, phone calls, FaceTime, leaving kind comments, emails etc. We’ve let our elderly neighbors know that we can bring them whatever they need and Andrew will already be out and able to pick up their medications etc. The more kindness and support we can give to others, the better this whole thing is going to go!
*We can support amazing virtual races and help others through our donations. As runners it has been heartbreaking to see so many of our races cancelled but I signed up for Run Up For Downs (go here and choose VIRTUAL) to do on my own. They even mail a bib and a t-shirt. This particular race was created to benefit the Lily Pad of Mississippi. The 501c3 organization was created to raise money to build the Lily Pad Cafe, which will employ and train young adults with special needs in every aspect of food and hospitality service (Lily is the young girl with Downs Syndrome whose father started this mission). The race was scheduled to happen on March 21st so they are asking everyone to do a virtual 5K/1 Mile Run/Walk somewhere in their community at any time they choose. You can read more about it here!
*Follow goodness_movement or other sources that fill you with the beautiful things happening in our world that seems scary right now.
*I love that there are so many awesome things floating around like this—> Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Videos).
*We can be like Catie: “Finished my 5k in my neighborhood this morning since my race was canceled. I’m so proud of myself for sticking with 8 weeks of training with a 2 year old and 4 month old! And then still running a 5k this morning even after the race was cancelled!!!”
*We can create schedules. Schedules and structure bring the feeling of safety for both kids and adults so Andrew and I created one for us to have at home for the kids. Some days we may go on a long hike instead of the schedule or we may adjust a bit to different needs for our kids but it feels good to have a schedule and a little control of life when it feels so weird right now.
*This. ALL of this. The amount of books we are going to read, cookies we are going to bake and miles we are going to walk all together is going to be amazing!
*How Andrew added some laughter—> Low on toilet paper… why not just order a bidet;)
*I’m focusing on how nice it is to be able to really slow down and do the things I always ‘wish’ I could do (read, bake more etc). It’s nice to not feel like we are rushing from one thing to the next and to really slow down and take our time doing whatever task we are doing.
*I really hope that you are able to be active during this time. I can’t believe what running does for me each day and how much it helps me cope with whatever else is happening. We can do hard things and I worry about my internet friends so please keep in touch with me on how you’re doing, it would mean a lot!
In a time where I think a lot of us feel helpless, can you PLEASE leave ideas in the comments of the things WE CAN DO to lift ourselves and those around us?! I’d love to hear about different charities (like donating to your FOOD BANKS) and foundations that need our help right now too!